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Scratched wheel flares

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Mdowling56, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Mdowling56

    Mdowling56 [OP] Member

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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!

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  2. Rich91710

    Rich91710 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  3. 4banger09

    4banger09 Well-Known Member

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    From what I have read on here the flares aren't even clear coated
     
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    Detail shop with a rotary can prob get those to disappear.
     
  5. Rich91710

    Rich91710 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. TacoDell

    TacoDell Truck ~n~ Tow

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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 :D

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  7. Enzo

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    Yea there's a few.:D
     
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