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Old 03-14-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Need some detailing advice

Finally got around to buffing out the pin striping I picked up from tree branches on the trail. I had a long wide scuff going down the entire passenger door. I bought the Turtle Wax Scratch Repair kit and followed the directions starting with wet sanding the scratch using the 4 fine grit pads they provide.

After minor sanding, detail spray, clay bar and a quick coat of wax, I have a haze where I buffed out the scratch. The scratch is gone, but I think I sanded off some of the clear coat. I know there are some good retailers on here. Is there a way for me to bring the gloss back out or should I take it to a professional?

BTW, some considerate moron decided to write words on the hood and fenders the last time my jeep went mudding and I need to buff those out so I welcome any advice here.

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Leave the scratches as they were, theyre battle wounds. Just like chicks dig scars, Jeepers dig scratches.

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #3
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If there was no polishing step after the sanding, then you definitely have fine scratches and micromarring on the clear. You need to use a medium or finishing polish to remove that. You could try something like Meguiar's Scratch-X 2.0. Work in small areas and let the polish do the work. If the Scratch-X doesn't cut it, you could try Meguiar's Ultimate Compound (this is best use with a polisher IMO, though it can be used by hand).
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Meguiar's Scratch-X 2.0 is all I've ever needed. Works like a charm.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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Sounds like there is a chance you sanded all the way through the clear coat. If that's the case the only fix is a repaint. From what I understand from the guys on the detailing forums when they talk about clearcoat failure (where the clear peels off on old paint) the color coat is NOT shiny/glossy and you'll never get that look out of it.

Actually there is one other possibility if you've removed the clear. Apparently you can get automotive grade clearcoat in a spray can from auto parts/body shop places and you could use that to touch it up. May not look pretty but it would protect the paint.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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Here's what I'm talking about:

You can see the difference between the mirror finish and the haze...
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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Yeah looks like you just need to get out a buffer (or by hand if you're really up for it) and hit it with a swirl remover on a cutting pad and then a fine cut polish. It's a bit hard to tell for sure from the quality of those pics though.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:46 PM   #8
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I would try Megs 205 with an orange pad...
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for the tips guys...
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:51 AM   #10
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the color coat is NOT shiny/glossy and you'll never get that look out of it.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:04 PM   #11
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Thanks for the tips guys...
I had a situation a few years back where someone lacking experience "washed" her week old detailed but winter grime dirty black CTS with a dirty sponge and without pre-rinsing. I had spent three solid days giving her CTS the most incredible Car Show detailing imaginable.

Needless to say, when I saw the result, I was speechless. There was absolutely no shine and the depth of the swirl marks was unbelievable.

Rather than get upset, I grabbed my trusted spray bottle of Meguier's Detail Spray and a new clean mf towel and went to work. Three really wet applications and forty-five minutes later the paint looked like it had just come out of the the assembly plant paint shop. The depth of shine and color really looked gorgeous again.

So, before you invest a lot of time, effort and money, you may want to try the simple fix first.

Good Luck!

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