You can remove scratches prior to it being anodised . Something to bare in mind is the serial number and logo . It is laser etched and you will need proof of it for them to put it back on for you. I had my aluminium body vibratory finished ready to accept the new finish this removed the very shallow serial number. I had to get AJP to put it back on for me with his cnc milling machine and it looks the mutts.