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We got a foot of snow over the weekend. My kid (who is home from college) graciously offered to snowblow the driveway, but NO- I insisted that I snowblow the driveway myself because my kid would surely hit my new RAV with the snowblower or the gravel pellets that may fly out of the chute.

So, what did I do?

Of course I scraped the side of my RAV with the snowblower. *facepalm* Yes, I know, I am an idiot!! I have already berated myself all weekend over it.

It didn't go through the paint and it certainly didn't make a dent. It just left a faint white line, about 2" in length on the bulky part of the RAV's door.

You can't even see it. But I know it's there!

Any suggestions on what to do to "buff it out" or something?

I am so mad at myself!!!
 

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Okay, I did the water thing this morning. (It's sub-zero here today, so the water froze almost instantly!) And, yeah, the line pretty much disappears and looks orange, aka hot lava. So I'll give that Scratch x stuff a shot. I'm off for lunch break to go in search of it at an auto parts store. I will have to wait until it warms up out before I try it though.

Thanks for the advice!
 

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If the scratch faded you are good to go. Any good polish should remove the scratch. Don't beat yourself up too badly we all have done some carless things to our car. That's why I keep a good supply of waxes, polishes and rubbing compound handy.
 

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I got the scratch remover. Now I just need to wait for some decent weather.

I took my Hot Lava RAV to NYC over the weekend. Its first long trip!

Performed great in all the snow!
 

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Be careful with rubbing compound, like Scratch X. It doesn't take much to go through the clear coat and start removing paint. If it works, great - make sure you wax it a few times because the clear coat will likely be gone from that area. Can you post a picture?

If it turns out it is a deep scratch, my best suggestion is to call up dealerships in the area (not necessarily Toyota) and ask if they have a paint specialist in-house or that visits on a regular basis. Usually dealerships have a guy that comes in once or twice a week to promote touch-ups to customers in for service or maintenance. I've had a deep scratch repaired on my car, paid $75, took about 30 minutes, and it looks flawless.
 
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