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Old 09-23-2015, 11:48 AM   #1
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Tree scratch removal?

I'm just curious, what products are best at removing tree branch scratches without harming the paint? I got some serious scrapes at a campground over the summer. I've tried a Meguiars wax for RV/boats, and it's great as a regular wax but it isn't removing the scratches.

Any suggestions?

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Man, I hate when that happens!!
You say "serious" as in through the clear coat or what?

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McGuires also makes a scratch removal paste that somewhat works if the scratches are not too deep (in my experience). It does work but is not a miracle.

I managed to get some body shop product that works but you have to be really careful. Paint is really thin.
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Originally Posted by RedRaider93 View Post
I'm just curious, what products are best at removing tree branch scratches without harming the paint? I got some serious scrapes at a campground over the summer. I've tried a Meguiars wax for RV/boats, and it's great as a regular wax but it isn't removing the scratches.

Any suggestions?
It's a tricky process. You don't say whether you've got full body paint or, just fiberglass gel coat or what? But, as has been stated, it all depends on the depth of the scratch. There are numerous RUBBING compounds, POLISHING compounds, and more out on the market. People think clear coats on todays autos are so weak that if you breath on them, you'll destroy them, yeah sure. They're pretty darn strong for a coating.
With that being said, you still have to use caution when working on a scratch etc.

3M makes plenty of products for situations like this. They are more industrial related than say, McGquires. But, you'll have to gauge the severity of the scratch to determine which product to start with. If a rubbing compound, it will work seriously faster at blending in key scratches, tree branch scratches etc. But, if you're not somewhat careful, you'll go too far and may, I say MAY, go through the clear coat, if you have one.

If you don't really have any experience in these kinds of things, I might suggest you visit a auto painting establishment, a quality one, not Earl Shieb, and see if you can talk one of the finishers into investigating your scratches and see what their opinions are. Maybe even get them to do it.

If you want to do it yourself, I'd purchase the smallest rubbing compound you can and, also the smallest polishing compound too. I'd grab myself some microfiber towels (Costco has the best deal on the planet for these).

I'd cut one in half and, put a tiny bit of rubbing compound on it and then, rub right on the scratch for about 3" or so, back and forth, with mild pressure. That compound will dry up as you're doing this. Then, buff off with a clean section of the towel.

Observe how it looks and, what you've accomplished. Look at it at all angles, up, down, sideways, with light glaring and bouncing off of your work etc. Then, just for grins, do the same with the polishing compound, but a new section of towel. Do not use the same one you used with the rubbing compound. Then, buff off and look at it in the same ways.

If you like what you see, then proceed carefully with the rest of the scratch, a little bit at a time. If you think you need more on the original trial spot, then go for it again, with the rubbing compound first then, the polishing compound. Just some thoughts for you here.
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If deep some touch up paint and then superfine pads and buffing paste to level and blend it in. I get "pinstripes" often when offloading with my jeep and use this process.
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