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Old 10-02-2019, 02:50 PM   #1
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Scratch in Rig

I put a long scratch in the rig today. Brushed up against a tree. It looks as though it is only in the clear coat. I have an Auto Spa buffer but would like some input on whats might be best to get the scratch out and not hurt any paint.

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Old 10-02-2019, 04:27 PM   #2
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Try some polishing compound (not rubbing). Go at it easy with a wet cloth. Many times its just a mark left from rubbing not really a scratch.
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:21 PM   #3
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I always start with wax and work it with an electric buffer. If that doesn't do it, I go to a correction glaze. If that doesn't do it, I'll go to a buffing compound okay for clear coat.

Here's the secret.....if you were to start with a compound, you might get it out immediately, but overdo it and dull the paint. I prefer to use the least abrasive and go over it numerous times until it's obvious that it's not working, then move to he next level and try again. So......I would rather buff it 30 times with wax than one time with an abrasive to keep from making a mistake.
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Post a picture for more accurate diagnosis.
Lots of variations when someone says "a scratch".
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:19 PM   #5
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Gone, mostly

Thanks for all the input and assistance. I started with wax and then polishing compound. Did some by hand and some with buffer. Maybe one more swipe at the thing next time I bring it down from storage. Almost impossible to see except for the rear which was a bit deeper.
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I always start with wax and work it with an electric buffer. If that doesn't do it, I go to a correction glaze. If that doesn't do it, I'll go to a buffing compound okay for clear coat.

Here's the secret.....if you were to start with a compound, you might get it out immediately, but overdo it and dull the paint. I prefer to use the least abrasive and go over it numerous times until it's obvious that it's not working, then move to he next level and try again. So......I would rather buff it 30 times with wax than one time with an abrasive to keep from making a mistake.
As one who details my own cars this is a great approach.
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