I made it at TechShop Menlo Park (www.TechShop.com)!
The TechShop in Menlo Park is the only one in California that has an auto bay, which is great because I did this at night and did not have to worry about sufficient lighting!
So I had these scratches on the back right side of my car because I scraped along a rusty trash can. The rust actually came off the trash can, and that's what you see in the picture. The scratches themselves were pretty minor. There is a little dimple where it did actually scratch through the paint.
I don't know anything about cars, so don't jump down my throat if I did something wrong! I did not know how to get rid of these scratches, so I had my friend teach me.
Step 1: Washing the area
So I made the mistake of trying to get the dirt off my car by wiping my sleeve across it. My friend quickly pointed out that I should not do that because the dirt can make the scratches worse. Who'd of thunk it? He explained that I need to use a lint free cloth with soap and water to clean the area. After cleaning, I let it dry thoroughly. Yes, the creepy puppet hand is actually my real hand.
Step 2: Rubbing compound
After cleaning, I applied a rubbing compound to the scratches. I applied a dime size amount with a lint free cloth and rubbed along the scratches (applying a lot of pressure) until they disappeared. I had to reapply the compound a few times. This was the most time consuming part (it probably felt more time consuming because I laugh at exercise and my arms started to go weak early in the process) and definitely required a lot of elbow grease. Before going to the next step, I made sure that there were no white streaks or cloudiness.