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Old 04-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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Arrgh!! Scratched the doors removing hardtop!

Gosh dang it!!

I was removing the hardtop today since the weather was so nice, but in my rush (mistake #1) I didn't notice that the top had shifted while I was raising it (mistake #2).

Long story short it scratched the hell out of the back doors! Any advice on what I can do to remove the scratches?


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Old 04-06-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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I cant tell for sure from the Pics..any chance it is "surface"/ paint transfer from the HT? maybe..take a clean rag and a GOOD wax and work on about a half inch spot at bottom of scratch see if it goes away??

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Try meguiars paint cleaner
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Seems to be mostly on the surface. I took some soap and water to it to see if it would just rub off but I didn't have much luck. I'm hesitant to put an orbital polisher to it as I've never done anything like that before. Definitely don't want to make things worse.
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That should buff right out.
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First thing i would do is use a good name brand wax. It'll probably buff out. But you'll have to wax it every month or so. Sucks.

Every time i buy a used car from a dealer they use a good wax to hide all sorts of scratches. Pisses me off. My jeep has a TON of scratches. But, the good thing is i dont have to worry about scratching it now. But, you wax it and they all dissapear.....
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:31 PM   #7
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You don't have to use a polisher....just use a mild polish and a soft rag....then wax it
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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Looks like the had the doors were closed when removing the top. Which are supposed to be open while removing the top to prevent this from happening.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:57 PM   #9
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Looks like the had the doors were closed when removing the top. Which are supposed to be open while removing the top to prevent this from happening.
Good point. That definitely would have prevented scratching them. I am hoping to get my hard top off by the end of April and will remember this. Now I just have to get started building the storage dolly for the garage.....
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Looks like the had the doors were closed when removing the top. Which are supposed to be open while removing the top to prevent this from happening.
Hmm...I didn't know this and I don't think it mentions it in my owner's manual. Will be removing the top in the next month or so. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:03 AM   #12
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OP I can't tell if it is actually scratched or just paint transfer like others have said but definately try some polish on a rag first.

Regarding having doors open that's news to me but probably not a bad idea I use a racor lift and usually set up so the minute I lift the top off the jeep it will shift slightly to the rear. works for me.
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That's not me trottin' around by the way.
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That's not me trottin' around by the way.
^ wow, glad I spent the $100 for the Harkin hoist, which works GREAT !..
That guy should have just tied it to a tree and drove off. OUCH...
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Rofl

Done it............. With success though.
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Use a product by several manufacturers called "clear coat swirl mark remover"
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Rofl

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Duck squated and jumped of the back over grass. This was with the TJ which is smaller too
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #21
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The 1st time I took the hardtop off I had my son on 1 side and me on other. It got away from him and scratched the hell of one side by the fuel filler door. I've polished on it a couple of times without much luck. Next time we have a hurricane or bad weather I'm going to take it to a place called Carsmetics and they can fix it up nice for very little money. I had a company truck repaired there before and they did a great job. Heres a link to see if there is one in your area.

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Just remember, it's not really a scratch, it's a transfer of material from the hard top. Don't use paint of any kind, you have no need for that. Use the mildest cleaner/polish possible to start and work your way up if necessary.
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Maguairs Scratch X will probably fix it.It has done wonders for me an scratches over the years.
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Just remember, it's not really a scratch, it's a transfer of material from the hard top. Don't use paint of any kind, you have no need for that. Use the mildest cleaner/polish possible to start and work your way up if necessary.
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rubbing compound (fine) or T-cut and a nice soft cloth and a little bit of elbow grease
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That should buff right out.
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Looks like the had the doors were closed when removing the top. Which are supposed to be open while removing the top to prevent this from happening.
I have never had my doors opened when removing my hard top or anyone else's. It's all about how you remove it. If anything, seems that fully removing the doors prior to top removal would be ideal.
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That's not me trottin' around by the way.

step 1: remove shirt
step 2: ???
step 3: repaint fender, buy new hard top.
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Hmm...I didn't know this and I don't think it mentions it in my owner's manual. Will be removing the top in the next month or so. Thanks for the tip.
There is an old video that came with new TJ models on VHS and DVD that showed the whole process along with the door tip.

I have done the lift and solo removal of the huge top on my LJ. Which I then threw on to the drive way.(It was already damaged and had a broken window.) I was desperate to get it off and no one would come help me. It fell on my heel digging in and scratched the side of the LJ. Ouch...
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Wtf????

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