Date registered: Jul 2004
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Silver is always metallic and always clearcoated, at least in 1997. The silver base coat, aka color coat is very thin. The clearcoat on top of it is thicker. Some scratches go through the clearcoat, other don't. You can sand the clear coat with 1500 to 2000 grit sandpaper, wet sanding is better, then polish either by hand or with a high speed polisher and potentially return the appearance to original. If you sand the clear along the scratch with your finger into a valley you will create a distortion, better to do it with a small flat sanding block and sand a wider area. This is all doable but something of an art form too - go throught the clear coat and hit the color coat, either with the sanding block or the polisher, and you're in trouble. You very quickly disturb the little metal flakes residing in the color coat.
PS - clear coat sanding residue is white - silver sanding residue is silver - not a lot of difference between the two.
Last edited by deanyel; 12-26-2007 at 03:31 PM.