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How to hide scratches in the paint?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by evan164, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Sep 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    evan164

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    My truck has a lot of scratches and scuffs. As soon as I clean the mud off then all the scratches come out. It's a lose lose.

    My mom said wax will help, my dad said polish. I don't know enough about either to decide.

    Can you suggest any products to help hide the scratches in the paint?
     
  2. Sep 4, 2012 at 6:10 AM
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    Polish will remove paint and therefore remove shallow scratches. Wax can help hide very shallow scratches but really won't touch the significant ones.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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    As far as scratches and scrapes go there are a lot of products that can help. Most are abrasive in some fashion so exercise some caution and start in a small area that is inconspicuous. Keep in mind a gauge into the paint may need more than a polish or compound

    Start with something more mild like a polishing wax or a clay bar. They are a little less abrasive and will work on minor stuffs and give the paint a nice shine. Follow the instructions on the package

    If that isnt enough, polishing compound is a bit more aggressive. And if that isnt enough rubbing compound is even more aggressive.

    Just take it slow.

    When your all done remember to give it a good waxing to protect your paint.
     
  4. Sep 4, 2012 at 6:26 AM
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    You can try touch up paint, I like after market ones with a felt tip, and follow it up with Langka Blob Eliminator. This works best on deep scratches and chips.
     
  5. Sep 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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    Call a paint correction expert and you can have those scratches fixed and not just hid(where they will come back in a few washes). Just know that if someone is doing real paint correction and not filling/hiding the damage, it will not be cheap. But if properly maintained, it will stay looking better than when you purchased it new.

    For an idea of what real correction will do here are a few pictures from one I did for a HAMMERED car.

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  6. Sep 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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    ^nice work!
     
  7. Sep 7, 2012 at 7:21 AM
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    Thanks

     
  8. Sep 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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    Is it possible to do "paint correction" using a orbital buffer? With a scratch/swirl remover paste? Or would I need more?
     
  9. Sep 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    I don't particularly care for random orbit buffers like the Porter Cable but plenty of folks love them and get excellent results.

    I generally use a rotary or in special cases, a forced-rotation random orbit buffer like the Bosch 1250DEVS.
     
  10. Sep 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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    There's a reason he included "expert" in his post.

    This is not something you can "just do"... Regular auto parts stores may or may not have the proper abrasives to do it, but you and I do not have the skills to do anything other than make it worse, even with the proper buffer.
     
  11. Sep 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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    I rubbed my jeep down with pledge before I sold it. Worked wonders on the scratches! Good enough to sell anyway:devil:
     
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    I wouldn't buy a Jeep without scratches. It hasn't been loved!
     
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    Where were you when I was selling, coulda saved a half a can pledge!:D
     
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