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Old 11-21-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Angry Scratched wheel flares

Hi all,

So I found out the other day that the stock fenders / flares scratch pretty damn easy. Cut it a bit close pulling into a parking spot and ended up brushing up against shrub.

Nothing too bad, 3 or 4 pretty noticeable scratches, but I think / hope that they just in the clear. I'll post a pic a bit later.

I picked up a tube of ScratchX and worked the scratches over for a bit. It deffinily knocked them down a bit but you can still the scratch faintly.

I guess my question is, how much elbow grease should I put behind trying to work these scratches out? Can I damage the finish if I go at it with to much scratchX? Lastly, is ScratchX even the right product for this situation?

Thanks everyone!

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If you can feel the scratches with a fingernail, the clearcoat is damaged and the only proper repair is a buff and repaint.
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If you can feel the scratches with a fingernail, the clearcoat is damaged and the only proper repair is a buff and repaint.
From what I have read on here the flares aren't even clear coated
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Hi all,

So I found out the other day that the stock fenders / flares scratch pretty damn easy. Cut it a bit close pulling into a parking spot and ended up brushing up against shrub.

Nothing too bad, 3 or 4 pretty noticeable scratches, but I think / hope that they just in the clear. I'll post a pic a bit later.

I picked up a tube of ScratchX and worked the scratches over for a bit. It deffinily knocked them down a bit but you can still the scratch faintly.

I guess my question is, how much elbow grease should I put behind trying to work these scratches out? Can I damage the finish if I go at it with to much scratchX? Lastly, is ScratchX even the right product for this situation?

Thanks everyone!

Detail shop with a rotary can prob get those to disappear.
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From what I have read on here the flares aren't even clear coated
If it's a metallic paint, it's cleared.

The clear on parts of my wife's '04 Rav4 has failed.
The steel parts aren't bad... just some discoloration and you can see where the clear "wants" to lift, but it's holding.
The entire top of her spare tire cover has peeled off.
The super dark metallic blue is actually a sweet matte under the clear, similar to the blue Kawasaki Ninja from a couple of years ago.
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yeah... muh fender flare has a coupla scratches too.
I wasn't sure if you would be able to see them

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yeah... muh fender flare has a coupla scratches too.
I wasn't sure if you would be able to see them

Yea there's a few.
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