Hi everyone! I have a 2005 Wrangler X Rocky Mountain Edition and my girlfriend was nice enough to back it out of the driveway and catch the gutter drain...so now I have white paint(from the drain) streaked down my flared fender. The rocky mountain has the flared, matching color fenders(I am not trying to be a know it all, but some might not know this). What they are made of, I have no idea. A hard plastic/rubber sort of material. Anyway, there are no gouges, just streaking white paint down the length. I was wondering if I could compound this out with my 10" buffer and some compound? I know compound kind of eats in to layers to remove that sort of stuff so I am kind of on the fence as to whether or not to give it a go considering the material I am working on?? Thanks for the help!
Well, she took it to a car wash to try and have the guys there rub it out..no good! I have not tried the goof oof style stuff. May work but I think I am going to have to put some high rpms to this streak. Its not deep but defintely glued there! Thanks
Use rubbing compound as a last resort only if a normal automotive polish doesn't work. A rubbing compound is pretty strong stuff and it can easily go right through the paint if you rub on it just a little too hard or too long. Today's paint is pretty thin and it doesn't take much for a rubbing compound to go right through it.
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Laquer thinner or clay bar. Personally, I'd start with the least damaging option first, which clay would fall into that category. If clay barring doesn't work, move up the ladder to laquer thinners, polishes etc, till you get to rubbing compound. I doubt you'll need the compound.
I would first get the white marks of with a wet fine scotch pad (or 2000 grade paper) then buff out with light/medium grade compound & plenty of water..by hand. be careful not to over rub in one place (especially curves or edges)
The material is a plastic but the paint process is all but the same, (all be it with different adhesion promoters for the plastic parts)
The main problems when machine buffing is 1: going through on edges
2: to much speed on the polisher.
Both are due to too much heat generation, compounding alone by hand with a light/medium grade compound will take a lot of effort to get through factory finish, add a machine into the mix with no water and you will be through in seconds, also if you do not have the correct head / compound for the particular job it is a recipe for disaster
If it has gone through the lacquer it will need paint anyways so you might as well have a go.
Happy to answer any refinish questions you may have