Light clear coat scratches

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Light clear coat scratches

Post by Roymond » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:49 pm

It appears I may have a couple light clear coat scratches so far. Obviously I want to fix this. What is the best method of doing it?

Should I get Mequiar's Scratch X 2.0? or is there a better way of doing it?
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Re: Light clear coat scratches

Post by fa22raptorf22 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:11 pm

For now just keep it waxed to fill those in, but as far as fixing it... I know there are a few compounds that can fill the clear in, but I wouldn't know which are the best.

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Re: Light clear coat scratches

Post by Roymond » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:44 pm

I tried the Mequiar's and it seems to work fine. You can't tell that they are there anymore and if they are they are very very fine. Still POed at my roommates for scratching it though.
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Re: Light clear coat scratches

Post by AHTOXA » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:55 pm

I would wetsand with something like a 2000 grit, then use a buffing compound on top. This way I have gotten rid of quite severe scratches on the clearcoat. That scratch-x stuff and the like usually works OK until you see the scratch come back in a little while. Sanding and buffing is a permanent solution for minor scratches.

If you do buff, make sure you know what you're doing or ask someone that does. It can be easy to "burn" the paint by buffing too hard/too fast and heating it up.
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Re: Light clear coat scratches

Post by ElectroGhandi » Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:08 pm

AHTOXA wrote:I would wetsand with something like a 2000 grit, then use a buffing compound on top. This way I have gotten rid of quite severe scratches on the clearcoat. That scratch-x stuff and the like usually works OK until you see the scratch come back in a little while. Sanding and buffing is a permanent solution for minor scratches.

If you do buff, make sure you know what you're doing or ask someone that does. It can be easy to "burn" the paint by buffing too hard/too fast and heating it up.
This. Here is a video demonstrating the above technique.

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Re: Light clear coat scratches

Post by AHTOXA » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:34 pm

Roymond did say he had scratches. In my experience none of the scratch-removal off the shelf stuff worked for clearcoat scratches.
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