Originally Posted by RAD_Softail
. . . If you can feel the scratches with your fingernail then all the "buffing" in the world won't help...neither will scratch repair kits. You either repaint or get used to it.
Agreed. The best test is the "catch" test. If you can run a fingernail across it and it catches at all, it's too deep.
If not, I've had decent luck using 1200 grit sandpaper (black kind) soaked in water for 10-15 minutes to GENTY
sand out scratches and then buff out the haze with polishing compound.
It's not that tricky if you are patient. I owned a black car for a while and got pretty good at it. But, if the nail will catch, don't try it. You'll almost certainly sand through the clear before you get it out.
You can buy touch up from Harley - both your base color and the clear. But, I have never seen a touch up job look any better than the scratch itself. Usually it looks worse -especially if the color is still in tact. I might touch up a chip or similar, but I wouldn't try it just for a scratch in the clear.