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SOL or Buy a buffer

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by double dee, May 22, 2011.

  1. May 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    double dee

    double dee [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So did a little off roading yesterday and have a lot of scratches from trees and brush. Most of them are on the clear coat but I can't seem to get them off. I've tried using Meguiars Scratch X 2.0, Polish, Wax and one of those little buffers you put on a drill. It helped but there still there. If I get a actual Buffer/Polisher will that work a lot better or am I just SOL? Hope not since my truck is only 3 months old!:eek:
     
  2. May 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    DCW

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    You should use a high speed buffer but you need to be careful and not burn the paint. Check the detailing threads they will give you some more info on how to take the scratches out and what products to use. The orbiter buffer can't provide you with enough speed to polish out the scratches.
     
  3. May 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    Post up a pic or two of said scratches.
     
  4. May 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    bjmoose

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    Scratch removal removes paint. If you do it too often, you'll go through your paint.

    Personally, I polish out my superficial scratches, and leave the deeper ones.
     
  5. May 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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    this! be careful!
     
  6. May 23, 2011 at 5:52 AM
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    Agreed. I received quite a few pinstripes on my truck and have seen the same on many others. I usually tell people 'I can make this look 80% better'.

    Shoot for that...otherwise, you take too much paint off. For most people, its not the last time they'll scratch it up and it will need to be polished again.
     
  7. May 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM
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    Dadic 78

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    Keep in mind, Toyota's don't have much clear on them. As a rule of thumb, you can run your finger nail over the scratch. If your nail grabs the scratch, it's likely too deep to polish out. If your nail just goes over the scratch, you can probably polish it out.
     
  8. May 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    PolishAndWax.com

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    No vehicles have much clear on them anymore!

    Good advice on the fingernail trick.
     
  9. May 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM
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    fishntaco

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    I personally would not recommend using a rotary buffer because it takes just seconds to burn paint. I have seen it personally and our trucks do not have alot of clear coat to begin with. Find a good random orbital and use that. It will take longer, but its cheaper than a trip to the paint shop.
     
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