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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 2014, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Minor repairs after break-in

On Saturday night, some dropkick used a rock to smash the passenger window of my 2011 Mini Cooper.

I have glass all through the car, some minor surface scratches on the leather seats, and some very light scratches on the paint around the door.

The cost of replacing the window is far less than the insurance excess, so I'm looking into going that road.

Does anyone have advice regarding:

- Removing light surface scratches from the black Mini leather.
- Removing light scratches in the black gloss (non metallic) duco
- Getting glass out of the car, particularly the seat sliding mechanism (currently the seat won't even slide due to the glass caught in there)

If it's easier, I may still put it through as an insurance job. Mainly concerned with crushed glass in the seat slider.
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P_Pigly_Hogswine,

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Seriously bad luck. There are a lot sub-humans out there in the population.

I'm not sure I can help you with a quick fix for the scratches, but my advice after you have the window repaired would be to put window film on all your windows (apart from the windscreen of course).This would have prevented any shattered glass from getting inside the car, and adds a little extra security to your car. Perhaps it may have prevented the perpetrator getting inside your car, or he may have decided not to touch your car at all.

A more expensive fix for the scratches is to have the car Opticoated (or something similar like Hard Body, etc). When I had my wife's Mini Opticoated the paintwork was worked on a little with clay blocks, and this removed some extremely fine scratches prior to putting on the Opti Coat. The guy that did the cars was an expert detailer, so that might be an option for you.

As a price guide, I had the Mini and my BMW F30 OptiCoated for $500 per car.

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You could ask one of these mobile dent/scratch remover companies who do invisible on the spot repairs, I know they can do upholstery too?? might be worth an ask?
Probably best to take the whole seat out to sort out your sliders and it would enable you to get all the glass from under the carpet in that area too?
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