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Scraped Side of Vehicle

Title speaks for itself, sadly. Coming out of a parking garage and having to do a 10 point turn due to too many vehicles blocking my exit path (in DC...that should say enough). Damage isn’t THAT bad IMO. I was able to scrape most of the concrete paint from the pillar off, but rough estimate of what I’m looking at or, if possible, how to fix this myself? The last photo shows my clean-up attempt.
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Okay, well I thought I could edit the original post to add the below photo (since I uploaded a dupe of the first one), guess not. Anyway, here's another image of the "Before Clean-Up".
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I can't tell from the photo--has the actual paint been scraped off down to the primer or metal? If it's just clear coat damage you could possibly wet sand the scratches out. You could start with a clay bar to make sure all the contaminants are gone so you can assess how deep the gouges are.

As far as cost from a body shop, there's no way they'll charge you less than $1,000 to do any sort of paint work.

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Start with the least intrusive method and go from there. Get a rubbing compound ( off the counter - meguiars, turtle wax etc), and buff off as much as possible with a foam or a microfiber cutting pad with a DA or rotary . If you dont have the power tool, then try by hands using a microfiber applicator. Most of those scratches should buff off especially with a polisher. The deeper ones at the bottom will need to be wet sanded and then compounded/polished. If its cut through the paint than a respray is your only option. Like the other poster said, good shops will charge you upwards of $800-$1000 for a respray, but if you are not crazy about perfection then there are body shops who'll do it for around $250-$350. Trouble is with mazda's soul red color, it is notorious for being hard to match.
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What MilR said.

Sorry to hear about your mishap. It sucks. From the photos, it looks to me like you'll need to have those panels resprayed. Mazda paint is very thin, so I'd be surprised if many of those scrapes haven't already cut through the paint layer.
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What MilR said.

Sorry to hear about your mishap. It sucks. From the photos, it looks to me like you'll need to have those panels resprayed. Mazda paint is very thin, so I'd be surprised if many of those scrapes haven't already cut through the paint layer.
Personal observation, I think it is really thin. Our CR-V 98 won't chip easily. Another thing, the metal is also thinner. I got used on the way I clean our CR-V 98 that the first time I cleaned this 6, I felt my hand "sink" in the panel! Good thing I didn't dent the car.

Yes, I know I should be gentle when cleaning the car.


Are those touch-up paint pen good enough to match the color of our 6? I have the machine gray and I think it's not as "difficult" to match compared to Crystal Soul Red.

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I can't tell from the photo--has the actual paint been scraped off down to the primer or metal? If it's just clear coat damage you could possibly wet sand the scratches out. You could start with a clay bar to make sure all the contaminants are gone so you can assess how deep the gouges are.

As far as cost from a body shop, there's no way they'll charge you less than $1,000 to do any sort of paint work.

within the scratches, no metal exposed. I can take care of those, I believe...ahem, however...near the wheel, yes. A wee bit of exposed metal. About three inches long and one millimeter wide I'll try to take a photo of it.
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What MilR said.

Sorry to hear about your mishap. It sucks. From the photos, it looks to me like you'll need to have those panels resprayed. Mazda paint is very thin, so I'd be surprised if many of those scrapes haven't already cut through the paint layer.

haha, thanks for calling it a "mishap" and not "another case of females that can't drive" lol
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Personal observation, I think it is really thin. Our CR-V 98 won't chip easily. Another thing, the metal is also thinner. I got used on the way I clean our CR-V 98 that the first time I cleaned this 6, I felt my hand "sink" in the panel! Good thing I didn't dent the car.

Yes, I know I should be gentle when cleaning the car.


Are those touch-up paint pen good enough to match the color of our 6? I have the machine gray and I think it's not as "difficult" to match compared to Crystal Soul Red.

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Its not just you. The new mazdas have some of the softest and thinnest paint in the industry. I need to look up my old posts. A fellow detailer buddy of mine used a paint gauge on my car (a 2016 Mazda6) and a Camry, the paint thickness on my hood was close to what the door jambs on the Toyota had ! The thin paint and the low nose design of the mazda6 makes it prone to rock chips, swirls, easy scratches even if you look at your car the wrong way !
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Exposed Metal:- I promise it’s not that big, I had to get up close to get the photo, however, it’s still there so...
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