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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TOYOTA 09, May 26, 2010.

  1. May 26, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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    TOYOTA 09

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    I was trying to get out a scratch on my hood (in the clear coat) and i used "turtle wax rubbing compound" it smoothed out the scrath fine, and all seemed good (nice reflection and mirror shine when looking at it from an angle)...then i changed my viewing angle (now looking straight down on the hood) and could clearly see a dull area where i used the rubbing compound. I thought maybe i now need to go over this with a finer polish, so i used "turtle wax swirl and fine scratch remover" and that helped a little but the dull area is still there....did i ruin my clearcoat or will a wax top coat fix this? FML...i hope i don't have to get the hood re sprayed.
     
  2. May 26, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    No wax coat should help. Take your truck down to the nearest car was and have them wax it for you. You should be fine.
     
  3. May 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM
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    TOYOTA 09

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    so it's normal?
     
  4. May 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    No it's not normal but it can be fixed with a simple wax. Next time take it easy on the polishing, the truck cant take the beating your "lil' john" does if you know what i mean.
     
  5. May 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    colinb17

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    a rubbing compound (in my experience) always leaves a dull area until you wax it. give it a good once over with a high quality wax, and you should be alright...just don't press so hard next time
     
  6. May 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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  7. May 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    THANKS GUYS!!!! pheww!!!
     
  8. May 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    +1 You should always re-wax after using rubbing compound.
     
  9. May 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    x2 same goes for a polish, as it takes off the wax and leaves the paint (clear technically) exposed to the elements
     
  10. May 26, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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    I'd give the whole hood a wash with a good soap, even detergent to remove the old wax or anything left from the rubbing compound. Polish & Wax. Repeat as necessary. You'll want to invest in a buffer.
     
  11. May 26, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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    what type buffer should i get?
     
  12. May 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    I've been using a cheap Ryobi 6" orbital I got from HD for $30. But I'm going to splurge on a better one soon.

    The cheap Ryobi is good enough.

    While you're at it, might as well give the whole truck a good detail. Full polish/wax all around. Depending on what color you have, might as well claybar too.
     
  13. May 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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    You used a rubbing compound. Now, you need to use a polish. Wax goes on after a polish to protect the surface.
     
  14. May 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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    back to bone stock.
    you essentially "Sanded" the surface. you just need to get to a couple of finer grits..and work it from there. no biggie.
     
  15. May 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    do it yourself! dont take it to a carwash theyll charge you 4 or 5 times as much as ud spend on the wax at a shop
     
  16. May 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    any suggestion for a good polish? is "turle wax swirl and scratch remover" a polish or a lighter grit rubbing compound?
     
  17. May 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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    over the counter, go meguirs, i buy from a detail shop in san diego. buy a polish, if its just a small spot, hand polish it and wax it. u dont have to buy a porter cable buffer, i have one, but theyre pricy, its not like u fucked up ur whole hood
     
  18. May 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    but i can use the orbital for buffing wax right...so it may be a good investment. I'm assuming you have to changne the bonnets on the buffer a lot while waxing/buffing right? about how may bonnets do you go through for a wax job?
     
  19. May 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM
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    x2 on the porter cable. its a little expensive but well worth it. i ordered it along with a wolfgang premium car detail kit which included a swirl remover, polish, and wax. truck looks better than show room ready.

    but yea, a good wax will get rid of the dullness
     
  20. May 26, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    bonnets?? u mean pads?
     
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