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PTaylor 08-26-2010 07:16 AM

Removing scratches
 
I don't know what happened, but some time in the early morning hours a dog scratched the paint up on my Jeep pretty bad with it's claws. Maybe he was after another animal and it sought shelter on the top of my vehicle or maybe he caught a scent that he wanted. anyway, this dog pretty much scratched the paint on both sides from the hood down and on the doors. he was determined, I'll give him that.

Now, I don't mind scratches, but these......:mad:

Kinda different than the typical trail scratches, you know? and with a black vehicle they really come out.

so, is there anything I can use to get some out, most out, all out? rubbing compound? I've never used it before, buffing, etc. so no clue about what to try, what not to try.

It really pisses me off cause I just had it painted several months ago so....:banghead:

InfernoGirl 08-26-2010 07:27 AM

Find a hobbyist detailer... They'll have a buffer and the polishes you need to fix you up... If you don't mind the initial investment, you can pick up the supplies you need to keep all your vehicles in tip top shape for less than $400. But if you don't plan on using them then I wouldn't spring for it... Do you know anyone who frequents car shows/cruise ins? They'll likely have the tools you need. Heck, I'd do it for you if you were close... Where are you? I know some folks around who would do it too. I don't know that I'd pay a detailer to do it, just because they'd likely charge quite a bit, and for not much more you can get the tools and DIY... Check the Adams Polishes forums for some good info and maybe find a hobby kinda guy in your area.

PTaylor 08-26-2010 07:33 AM

thanks for responding!:D

i'm in SC, so probably a little out of your way;)

I;m thinking about taking it to the place I had do the body work and see what they can do, I think they've got the stuff and see what he'll charge.

what I was hoping for was something cheap of the shelf that I could myself, like waxing or something.

what really pisses me off is these dogs come in my yard, tear up my stuff, and sleep on my property. They are one of my neighbors but I'm not sure which one.
I called my insurance company to see what I could do because I don't feel I should be paying for something they did, but not so. Only thing is to get proof they did it, inform the insurance company, and they deal with it. Still, deductible out of pocket....

InfernoGirl 08-26-2010 07:59 AM

You can pick up some polish at AZ or the like and give it a shot, but generall, by hand, you can't generate the speed needed to accomplish much. Your body shop guys will be able to buff them out in no time. :) But it's not likely to be cheap.

Sorry about the neighbors dogs. We have some of those too, and yes it's quite irritating having to deal with their "gifts" they leave behind... Especially when you have leash laws in your town.

sonofabeach 08-26-2010 08:17 AM

I was pretty anal when I got my first bad scratch.
Now I don't care. I've got a black Jeep too.
Black spray paint works great!

JDsDream 08-26-2010 08:23 AM

They make color enhanced waxes. (Not sure of the brand) If the scratches are only surface deep, you could try that first. It won't cost you much to give it a try.

scavanau 08-27-2010 02:00 AM

You might be amazed at how well paste type car wax and a few minutes of buffing will work.

meyers 08-27-2010 02:15 AM

You want to be real careful with using buffing or rubbing compounds a lot of time using the wrong stuff can make it look worse than the initial scratches. You can get swirl marks and even cut through or burn the clear coat. I would try some of those color match products, they come with a wax color pen and then a normal car wax. May be worth the money to have a shop buff them out.

doclouie 08-27-2010 09:34 PM

I would be really interested if they are scratches and not just markings. Most likely you will be able to remove them with a real fine rubbing compound, white in color and not red. I had a dog jump up on a Vette once and thought it was scratched as it looked awful. The marks came out with a little elbow grease and in the end there were no signs from the dog. I highly doubt it is a scratch that is through the clear coat and the paint. Post some pictures and we can help more.

firefighter777 08-27-2010 10:54 PM

when i get back from trails I wax the jeep in advanced something wax. its made by meguirers(sp??) not really positive on the name i could go find it but im in my comfy chair :) but anyway, it was pretty priey but i put that on then buffer it off with a buffer and it looks as good as new! you could try that, better than paying someone.

firefighter777 08-27-2010 10:55 PM

o and the bottle was around 30 bucks. expensive for wax but a hecka lot better than 300!

castorj29 08-27-2010 11:00 PM

Try using a clay bar to remove the scratches

Sf_Kilo 08-27-2010 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by castorj29 (Post 746009)
Try using a clay bar to remove the scratches

Ummmmmmm........ NO, Wont work...... ur doing it wrong .......
A clay bar is for removing contamination not polishing anything.......
it will actually look worse after a clay bar.........

Get some polishing compound and some wax.....
if its real bad i have used the 2k wet sand method on my mini cooper and it shines like new after a good buffing......
the equipment is not that pricey but the results are magnificent.....
don't try it ur self unless you read up on how its done....
If you were in Pittsburgh Id do it for the beer it takes to complete the task its not hard its just something practice will always improve.....


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