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Scratches... Meguiar’s ScratchX 2.0?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by CQB 1911, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Sep 26, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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    CQB 1911

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    Anyone have any luck with Meguiars ScratchX? I have a 2010 in Magnetic Gray and it seems like everyday I see a new scratch on it. :( If not ScratchX can you recommend anything else?
     
  2. Sep 26, 2011 at 8:00 AM
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    Are you only working by hand?
     
  3. Sep 26, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    Yeah, I don't have a power buffer. I do have a drill and I've seen some buffers that attach to a normal drill motor.
     
  4. Sep 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    The ones for drills are good for removing individual scratches, but if you plan to do the whole truck you would be working for a long time.
    The drill also acts like a rotary polisher which presents a high risk of clear coat burn through if not careful.
    I would recommend Meguiars ultimate compound. You should be able to find it in your local parts store. Its a little more aggressive than the scratch x when working by hand.
     
  5. Sep 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Sounds good - thanks for the advice!
     
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    I have noticed that for individual scratches that are somewhat deep but still bluffable, working by hand seems to be better than with a buffer.

    I have a porter cable that I love, however for some scratches, I buff better by hand.

    Also, scratch x is good for here and there scratches. I use Ultimate compound for the whole truck or big parts when needed.
     
  7. Sep 30, 2011 at 10:21 PM
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    I haven't had any luck with scratch x on any of my cars
     
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    The scratch X worked alright on minor scratches. I guess I have some pretty deep ones that aren't going to buff out. It seems like every day I have scratch pop up that wasn't there before.

    I have a Magnetic Grey 2010. It seems like the paint just isn't that durable. Is it possible that I got a shitty paint job from the factory, or is it just me.
     
  9. Oct 1, 2011 at 8:40 AM
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    Seems the Mag Grey scratches easily from others that have commented on that color. I have a white one and it does a better job of either hiding or being able to handle minor scrapes.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    I've buffed out some pretty deep scratches with ScratchX and a cotton wheel on a dremel. That leaves it's own marks in the paint, so I had to polish with the polish glaze compound and a buffer.

    I tried by hand, but just can't remove enough paint that way.
     
  11. Oct 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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    I tried it a few weeks ago and it looked great at first but after a good all day rain, the scratches were back. Don't waste your money. I think the only long term fix for scratches is another paint job.
     
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    Money? Money?! What's wasted on scratch removal is TIME. Hours and hours of it. If you're going in thinking "wipe, buff, and gone" you've got the wrong expectation.
     
  13. Oct 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    It only took about 15 minutes of work but the disappointment is what really pissed me off:mad:
     
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    Meguiars ultimate compound is ok still gotta work it in by hand more.
     
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    Tried Meguiar's ultimate compound today to get out a scratch and gouge I had. The scratch is almost completely invisible and the gouge is a lot better than it was, you wouldn't see it unless I pointed it out. I worked the product by hand using a 100% terry cotton towel, be prepared to spend a good thirty minutes or so on a moderate scratch, results should be well worth it though.
    The finish after you're done is like glass, just as good as a clay bar in my opinion.
     
  16. Jan 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM
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    Be prepared to wear out your arm with ScratchX. Though I have used it with a rotary buffer with excellent results with a polishing W9000 polishing pad.
     
  17. Jan 23, 2012 at 7:12 AM
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    A clay bar should be used before the ultimate compound.
     
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    Didn't have much luck either with the Scratch X 2.0 but Meguiar's Professional Line Swirl Remover did work. In my experience, if it's deeper than just a swirl mark, it probably isn't gonna come out.
     
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