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Old 04-09-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Deep Scratches

I'm not in the mood to type alot tonight so long story short...

Went wheeling today. I lost traction up a hill, rolled backwards a bit while my rear end kicked out. A tree straightened me out. I have some nice scratches under my passenger tail light straight to the metal, along with a weird little hole punched in my tail light itself. If you need pics you'll have to wait for daylight.

My questions are...

How much $$$ is the red plastic piece for the stock tail light?

And my REAL question...what do I do with these scratches?

I don't care about them being there. I'm not OCD, my Jeep goes offroad, shit happens. No big deal. But I don't want them to rust, spread under the paint, bubble up, and turn my rear into a rust bucket. Would a clear coat work? Like I said, not concerned with painting, mixing, fixing, or removing. I just don't like bare metal on my body being exposed to the 20,000lbs of salt it sees every winter.

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Old 04-09-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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The taillights are dirt cheap... (assuming you have a TJ or older model). Maybe $20 at NAPA.

I'd suggest hitting the scratches with a piece of 220 and some clear coat. Install some corner armor to cover it up.

Upgrade along the way I say.

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Old 04-09-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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What color?
Rustolem(sp)NOT the spray paint but the little cans has some great colors
that match great.4-5 bucks
Clean and clear coat would work
hell I once used clear finger nail polish
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
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Touch up paint? Sorry for being Mr. Obvious, but it seems like the easiest solution . . . although I'm with MOz . . . any damage can be a great excuse to upgrade!!!
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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How deep are the scratches? To primer or bare metal? Touch up paint is the easiest quickest way to prevent oxidation. AZ or Wally's might have your color. If not it's only about $8 from the dealer. Corners might be a good way to prevent further damage and disguise what you did, but take care of it first so it doesn't rust.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:57 PM   #6
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You can get tail light cover for like 2.00 at farm and fleet or depending where you live fleet and farm. If not you can get them for a little more someplace else. If its the whole light it will be a bit more.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:09 AM   #7
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I've got a 2 door JK. the color is that redrock type deal.

The scratches are to the metal. I'm not concerned with covering them up or painting if I don't have to. Scratches and dents don't bother me on a vehicle that sees trail duty. I was just curious if a product was out there that I could apply just to help prevent them from rusting up.



this is my area of concern. It can stay as a reminder of the experience, I just don't want the rust destroying my rear 1/4 panel. I hate cosmetic body work, so just want to avoid the whole panel getting rusted because of a dumb scratch.



This picture is under the passenger rear window. Thank goodness I had the soft top off when this happened or I would've probably needed a new one. This scratch isn't too bad. But I'm sure it's bare metal in some spots so I want to apply something. The light scratches everywhere else I'll leave alone.

If I'm going to have to paint these, I'll wait 2 years till that panel gets bad, then sand and do the whole thing. You can't be OCD with trail rigs, and I'm not. I just wanted something quick and easy to stop it from rusting without buffing and painting.

Thanks for the help so far everybody!
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:05 PM   #8
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They don't look too bad. Wash it, hit it with some touch up paint and you should be good. Mostly looks like primer from the pics, but primer isn't meant to be a protective barrier.
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Old 04-10-2010, 01:16 PM   #9
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Sounds good to me. Thanks infernogirl. Helpful like always
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:44 PM   #10
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No problem GG Honestly, you could probably get some clear coat touch up and do that, and it'll seal it up, and be easier than touch up paint. Trim down the brush if you go that route to a tapered end, it'll be easier to apply....
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:58 PM   #11
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I probably will try that then. Scratches and dents add character lol! I don't mind seeing them. I'm just reminded of my Nissan getting hit with stones, chipping paint on my hood. After 2 years, I needed to sand the hood, primer, paint, the whole kit n kaboodle because the rust spread under the paint and flaked it off. I want to avoid that if possible.

I'd even leave my tail light cover alone, but it's my luck it'll fill up like a fishbowl when it rains and short everything haha!
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The pic might be deceiving, but the scratches in the second pic don't look that deep . . . you might want to try some scratch remover or even a very light polishing compound first so you only have to touch up the deeper parts.
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The lower pic isn't too bad. It catches a finger nail, but nothing like the 1 under the tail light. I'm sure that there's a little metal, but that's mostly primer.

The other is bad. The one in pic 1, furthest to the right, 7th brick layer down is AWEFUL!!! I bet I can seriously make paint chip off if I pick at it. It's just to the right of the Y shape of 2 other scratches. That long one is about 50/50 metal/primer too. I'll clear coat those 2 and hit that 1 in pic #2 just to be safe.

Wasn't even a cool hill. Figures I Jack up my jeep on something dumb.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:43 PM   #14
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You should probably spend that wad of cash that's burning a hole in your pocket on some corners..... Just sayin' ..... Especially if you're gonna keep that stuff up!
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:53 PM   #15
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lol I don't have it anymore

I learned the hard way how not to fix a washing machine. $400 mistake

I do think I need some body armor now that you mention it. If it's not one thing, it's another

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