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Rubbing Compound scratches

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Warren Thompson, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Nov 1, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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    Warren Thompson

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    I was trying to compound out off road sagebrush scratches in my paint (Nevada Racing Stripes:mad:) using rubbing compound. After doing that, I used a polishing compound, followed by a good waxing. Unfortunately, I noticed there are still compound "scratches" or swirls that did not come out with the polish:confused:. I was obviously too vigorous with the initial rubbing compound. Too much elbow grease...:eek:

    Any suggestions here? Should I try to re-polish with the polish compound? Or is there a technique that others use for this?
     
  2. Nov 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    Try polishing some more. Also there is an official detailing thread on here ask that guy.
     
  3. Nov 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    carnauba wax has always gotten out swirl marks for me. I'm sure there's something better like maybe a clay bar... hope this helps.
     
  4. Nov 1, 2009 at 5:52 PM
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    Warren Thompson

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    Thanks guys. I beleive the cloth medium I used with the initial compound was the culprit of the scratches. I will use some polish to try again. Hope I did not do some permanant damage here:(. I will try some carnuba wax, since I have heard good things about that. How about JWax Ice? Anyone use that for this type of refinish?
     
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    Use a high-quality polish to get out the compound scratches. Compound is junk...way too abrasive.

    SYSTEM ONE X3 Cutting Polish is very good. So is Meguiar's M205.

    Carnauba wax won't remove scratches. It may fill in very shallow ones, but it won't remove them. A wax with some abrasives in it (sometimes called a 'cleaner wax') might, but carnauba wax alone has no corrective properties.
     
  7. Nov 2, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    Thanks for the info. I will give that a try. Thanks for the post.
     
  8. Nov 2, 2009 at 7:24 AM
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    What products did you initially use?
     
  9. Nov 3, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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    First, Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound to get the racing stripe scratches out. This was followed by Turtle Wax Polishing Compound to get the swirls out, finishing with Turtle Wax F21 urethane polish.

    I re-did the polishing several times after the OP and comments, and FINALLY got the finish I can live with. Deeper scratches are in there permanently, but the rubbing compound scratches became more muted;).

    I did buy some spray-on TW ICE, but the TW F21 seems to do a better job of coating the scratches.

    The Turtle Wax F21 is a urethane polish, would carnauba wax or some other paste wax be better??

    Thanks for all your help:).
     
  10. Nov 9, 2009 at 5:53 PM
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    You might try a swirl remover with a CLEAN cotton cloth before the polish.
     
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