Smart pen - fact or fiction?

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 19:41
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Just got an Autobarn catalogue and they are advertising the above as a way to "eliminate" scratches on any colour or type of paint. You Tube shows some amazing results, but it could be all BS.

The Cruiser has a few nasty marks from our forays through various types of scrub. Damn metallic paint on the 100 seems to show up scratches worse than on the previous non-metallic 80.

So has anyone used one and if so how effective was it with scratches?
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 20:18

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 20:18
Mate

Those pens work about the same as rubbing Oil of Ulay on Magda Szubanski and hoping she will turn into Jennifer Hawkins !!


No offence to Magda as she is absolutely fabulous in all ways but I would suggest you save your money and just cope with a few "bush" pinstripes on the car that you bought to to "go bush " in !


Cheers

Gazz
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:28

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:28
Good one Gazz - wouldn't they sell a truckload if it could do that!

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Follow Up By: Member - Hunter Gatherer - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 21:12

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 21:12
Great sense of humour Gazz, well thought out description !!!!!
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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 22:11

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 22:11
Moose,

they work the same as any touch up paint. You'll get a result but don't expect a show room finish. Once the duco is chipped...well you know.

Perhaps a good duco protector like auto-skin or the Goop guys product may be an option for you next trip. I don't leave home without it and the duco is still in really good condition despite being exposed to some pretty harsh going over the years. A top investment if it's going to get a bit rough out there. Won't cure the current crop of scratches but will certainly save you a few more on later trips.

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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:30

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:30
G'day Mick
Those products are probably suitable for a long distance trip but I imagine they might get a bit expensive if applying regularly for weekend trips.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 22:46

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 22:46
I tried one on a really bad scratch where I was hacking mud out of a wheel arch with a shovel and missed...oops! Anyway, it worked surprisingly well. Nobody really notices it unless I point it out to them, and before it was a glaring eyesore. I have no idea how it works because the stuff is clear, my car is dark grey and the scratch was multiple lines down to whiteish undercoat. I was thinking of doing my face with it....
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:11

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:11
Hey mikehzz - are you taking the pi55 outa me ????
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 19:24

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 19:24
No mate, only the part about using it on my face. I'm surprised that others are bagging it because I was quite happy with the result on my car. I looked at it again today and had trouble finding where the scratches were. I was expecting it to be a failure I must admit so was pleasantly surprised. Cheers.
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Reply By: DiscoTourer - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 00:03

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 00:03
A friend purchased one and let me have a go. It worked. The mark was gone......for about a month and the scratch reappeared.

Nothing like a quality touch up.

Brett.....
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:33

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:33
Thanks Brett
Sounded too good to be true.
More polish and elbow grease, or ignore I guess.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 21:02

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 21:02
I have bought the $1.50 version and the $20 version and they are basically crap. Scratch must only be in the clearcoat and as mentioned the mark comes back in a few weeks. I got as good a result using the dollar shop $2 can of tyre sheen - spray on and wipe off - scratch in the clearcoat gone for a month or two and it also works wonders on your car black bits for a month or so as well.

Garry
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 06:31

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 06:31
Hmmmm Pinstriping. I know how you feel.

Our first real outing with the club took us into the high country and a track that was terribly overgrown to the point that the clear" part was only around 1.5 meters wide. We pushed through this stuff and it's a wonder there was any paint left.Shock horror to our new car!!!

But it's gone. Some Turtle wax in the car's colour, an old singlet and elbow grease fixed it to the point where you really have to look hard to find any of the scratches.

We tried one of those pens and tossed it out after five minutes.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:27

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:27
Phil - the first ones really hurt he!
One gets used to that screeching down the side after a while. If only the end result wasn't so noticeable!
Should've bought a white one - they never showed up as much on the previous white car. On this silver one they are really obvious.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:30

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:30
We have silver as well.

Cheers
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Reply By: Jarse - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 11:44

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 11:44
If you look carefully at the ads, you'll see the close-up footage is actually running backwards.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:34

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 14:34
I'll have to take a closer look. If you're correct, that would be bloody sneaky!
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Reply By: Frames M - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 13:40

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 13:40
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