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I seem to have obtained a slight scratch on the passenger rear side panel. It’s about 4 inches long and only appears to be in the clear coat. It is very faint, I can’t seem to get it on camera, but it is noticeable once you have seen it. I read on the RAC website that whitening toothpaste lightly rubbed in a circular motion is OK to remove something like this, but it sounds like a bit of a risk to me. Any ‘real’ products you can recommend I try to polish it out? It really is very superficial, but I’d like it gone. I can also use the same product for any future issues I may have (I noticed one of the wing mirrors is a bit scuffed).
 

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I’ve used T cut on a scratch on my rear bumper (but black t cut and black paint means you can’t really go wrong!)
The scratch was caused by my neighbour moving his bicycle into his garage so wasn’t as superficial as yours.
Also used it on scuffed wing mirrors where I accidentally got too close to the barriers at work. All came out quite well but can’t comment on lasting effects as I only kept the car for 6 months after that.

I’d go for tried and tested products. Sadly my experience is limited but good luck :)
 

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I use t cut and have farecla g3scratch remover ,coarse and then paint restorer, fine then auto glym srp to get a good shine back. Time patience and elbow grease. When our roadster was brand new we parked it in a public car park and we can only think someone used it to leave a hand bag on . Comes out but don't go too far or you go through the clear coat.
 

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Just keep at it. Amazing how much elbow grease it takes bit if you can only just feel it with a finger nail you can make it invisible by smoothing it out.
 

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One of these days I'll invest in an orbital polisher so I can machine polish! Maybe then you'd need a paint thickness meter too!
 
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As long as it’s just the clear coat it should polish out. Not sure how hard mini clear coat is but may require a DA machine polisher. I’m coming for a VW Audi clear coat (which is hard), not sure how hard mini is (new to mini and still learning). Autoglym super resin polish is a good all rounder if you don’t have anything specialist, and should get it out.
 

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I've had similar surface scratches from my dogs jumping on my car when I've come home. I used a product called Quixx System Car Paint Scratch Removal/Paint Repair. It appears to be available on Amazon.co.uk - I bought it at my local auto parts store.

It took about 15 minutes to buff the scratch out by hand with the included fine-grit sandpaper and polishing creams. I had never done any paint care before, and using this product was very easy. There was enough product for multiple repairs, which was fortunate as it took the pups a bit of time to learn to let me get out of the car before greeting me!
 

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Mini paint is notoriously thin, it'll be slow dependent on how harsh a cutting compound the op buys eg farecla profesional range do different grades ,Google farecla g3cutting compounds, but took me an hour by hand or so with t cut checking and re checking toll it looked acceptable but didn't take off too much paint then proper cutting polish,Autoglym srp then a wax.I can still find it but it's nigh on invisible.
 
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