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Old 09-27-2010, 10:32 AM   #1
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Used a sponge on the paint..

So I was washing my car with a friend this morning, and we were relentlessly trying to get the love bugs off the grill of our cars. I didn't notice that he had resorted to using the rough side of the sponge however, and it's put some considerable scratches on the paint. (DURRR)

So..what's the best way to touch up these scratches with minimal tools?

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I'd try some good wax first

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if there are just scratches in the clear coat, try a polishing compound.
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First, Wax does nothing for scratches, it may cover them up, depending on the wax ...

Basically to do this properly, go over to Autopia.org and start reading.

You can use some light polishes, and lots of elbow grease. If you have no experience, and are careless enough to use sponges on your paint period, then try scratchX - its basically idiot proof. rub it until it cannot be rubbed anymore....then rub it some more. do small areas at a time.
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Wax, polish, compound, yadda yadda yadda....
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They are completely different. ignorance may be bliss, but sharing it isn't.
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I'd try some good wax first
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if there are just scratches in the clear coat, try a polishing compound.
I think it might be a little beyond waxing. A polishing compound perhaps. It's really starting to aggrivate me the more I think about it..
http://img405.imageshack.us/i/scratches1.jpg/
http://img269.imageshack.us/i/scratches2.jpg/

Little hard to see from my blackberry camera, but you can see that they are fine abrasions to the paint.

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First, Wax does nothing for scratches, it may cover them up, depending on the wax ...

Basically to do this properly, go over to Autopia.org and start reading.

You can use some light polishes, and lots of elbow grease. If you have no experience, and are careless enough to use sponges on your paint period, then try scratchX - its basically idiot proof. rub it until it cannot be rubbed anymore....then rub it some more. do small areas at a time.
Can't say it wasn't careless, thanks for the info though.
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Heh Heh, I just dodge the bugs !!

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They are completely different. ignorance may be bliss, but sharing it isn't.
Trust me I know the difference. But, comming from a gearhead family, the common term I grew up with is wax. In the 70's it was called wax, and the wax removed scraches and blemishes by removing material from the surface. Forgive me for not being over technical...
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Polishing them will greatly diminish their appearance. If you aren't up to it, find a hotrod guy who has a great looking car, ask him for help....
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That should come out . . . get some Scratch X or something similar first . . . many polishing compounds may be too abrasive and leave the finish looking hazy like it does after the sponge action . . . especially if you don't know what you are doing. Rub like hell or get a powerball or one of those car polisher machines (a cheapo, not professional grade machine that might screw up the paint if you don't know what you're doing). Will take some elbow grease, sore hands, and time, as it should to teach you the lesson you need to learn . . . next time you'll be sure to use the right tool for the job and a sponge from the kitchen sink with a scrubber pad on it, ain't it.
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OMG with my Hate for Love Bugs the last few days..
Worse than I've seen them in years..
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OMG with my Hate for Love Bugs the last few days..
Worse than I've seen them in years..
Tru dat!......I've been staring at a few on my grill the last few days..and since our trail ride yesterday in the forest. They are being found inside..and more on the grill..
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I'd get some new friends !!!!
In due time friend, in due time. We've got to hang out long enough so I can help them clean the bugs off their car.

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Tru dat!......I've been staring at a few on my grill the last few days..and since our trail ride yesterday in the forest. They are being found inside..and more on the grill..
Drove from here in Orlando to New Smyrna yesterday for a beach trip, and thought I had half the population of love bugs on my windshield alone. They explode like juice grenades. Aren't they only suppose to last for two weeks or something like that?!

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That should come out . . . get some Scratch X or something similar first . . . many polishing compounds may be too abrasive and leave the finish looking hazy like it does after the sponge action . . . especially if you don't know what you are doing. Rub like hell or get a powerball or one of those car polisher machines (a cheapo, not professional grade machine that might screw up the paint if you don't know what you're doing). Will take some elbow grease, sore hands, and time, as it should to teach you the lesson you need to learn . . . next time you'll be sure to use the right tool for the job and a sponge from the kitchen sink with a scrubber pad on it, ain't it.
Picked up some Scratch X, detailing wax, and a couple foam applicator pads a few minutes ago. No problem with putting some elbow grease into it, maybe this was just a blessing in disguise to teach me how to do this. (I'm not usually such an optimistic person, but with the new found love for the Jeep I'm enjoying most of my endeavors.)

I gave the scratches a fingernail test, and I don't get caught up on it, so according to what I've read I'm hoping they'll be fine. Just waiting for the car to cool off and hang out in the shade before I go out and do any work on it.
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good luck, sorry if I was being a dick. to repay your friend, try steel wool on his bugs next time.

the things people do to their paint blows my mind. (I bought my Jeep used, and it is beyond saving due to the lack of information previous owners must have had....so I'm a little bitter)

That scratchX is a "diminishing abrasive" of sorts, so it starts out rough, and gets less abrasive the more you rub. Hence my previous statement of rub until you can't rub any more, then rub some more.

Good luck, and post up pics when done.
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Drove from here in Orlando to New Smyrna yesterday for a beach trip, and thought I had half the population of love bugs on my windshield alone. They explode like juice grenades. Aren't they only suppose to last for two weeks or something like that?!
IIRC I'd say more like 2mo or so...I've only lived here my entire life...you'd think i'd know
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Yea, Love bugs Creep in, Explode in numbers then die off all in about 2-3 weeks time. Usually twice a year, spring and early fall. I drive SR 50 to Titusville on Friday to go fishing and got plastered, but didn't see hardly any over near the Indian River itself .

Found out they are attracted to carbon monoxide for some reason, which explains why they were swarming me while I was mowing the yard Saturday, and also why they love hovering near the highways.
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Ha, you should be here to enjoy the ladybugs right now.These little shits bite or leave some kinda acid on your skin.My missus was sitting outside when I got home from work abit ago and I had so many of those little terds land on me it was ridiculous.Farmers are in the fields so here they come.It would blow your mind how many of these critters are in the air right now.
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Use some 3M 06060 Prefect-It Extra Cut Compound. It's the only compound I use when I buff out cars. It is the same thing we use to get fine scratches and dirt nibs out of fresh paint at the shop I work....you can get it in small trial packs at an auto body supply shop, or Napa used to be able to get it. Wax it when done with a good wax.
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Don't know about the scratches but to get love bugs, hate bugs , slug bugs ect. off of your paint, fresh or dried on, take a fabric softener towel wet it and rub. They come off like butta I tell ya. And it does not scratch the paint and leaves a fresh flowery scent on your hands. kissing smooth. soft and ect. ect. ect.
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and leaves a fresh flowery scent on your hands. kissing smooth. soft and ect. ect. ect.
Chucky, you always make me laugh

Mostly, just soak em first with water, then soak em some more, then soak em some more... Then suds, and microfiber cloth and some gentle persuasion will usually get them, if that doesn't work, clay bar....... then wax.
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Best thing I have found for bugs is Bug-B-Gone spray...melts um off
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Mostly, just soak em first with water, then soak em some more, then soak em some more... Then suds, and microfiber cloth and some gentle persuasion will usually get them, if that doesn't work, clay bar....... then wax.
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Bummer! I learned that back when i was 16 and just started washing cars. Good think it was only on a very small spot. Those scratches will come out with a polishing compound.
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I detail cars as a hobby and have done it for 20years. Those will buff of easily. If you were close to me I'd be willing to do it for you just to teach you a few tricks. Check out We Are Car Care -- Car Wax, Car Polish, Auto Detailing Supplies, Car Buffers & Car Accessories Store On the left side of the site you will see "expert advice". There are a lot of good videos and tips there.
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Took me a while to get the time to do all the work I wanted, and give it the real elbow grease it needed. Ended up just using 3M Rubbing Compound instead of the scratch X. Worked like a charm. In fact it even managed to get it off the fender, which surprised me since they aren't metal..

Anyway, I finished it up today, washed and waxed her.


The two main spots look much better,



These marks seem like they're just damage over time, but they're all over the grill. I imagine damage from lovebugs if nothing else. Reguardless, the swirl marks from the sponge are gone.


Here I had gotten keyed back in high school two years ago or so. It actually looked awful, with a long black line going from my front door to back quarter panel. I spent some time doing mini circles, and it looks 5x better than before.


Wonder how many hours it's going to take me to rub this one out?

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Looking good!

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In fact it even managed to get it off the fender, which surprised me since they aren't metal..
Rubbing compound works on the paint, so the flair not being metal has nothing to do with it. If styrofoam were painted, rubbing compound would take scratches out of it.

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Wonder how many hours it's going to take me to rub this one out?

I'd say you'll need elbow, knee, ankle and wrist grease to get that buffed out!! LOL
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I'd bet it'd take a while even if I was using all of them at once..

Thanks to everyone for the advice and information.

Was a good learning experience! Girlfriend's car has some scratches that I'm sure would be a nice surprise to see disappear one day while she's at work.
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