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Stupid, stupid mistake....

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bt08231, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:46 AM
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    bt08231

    bt08231 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So the end of this month will be a year since I bought my truck. Ive worked diligently to keep my truck in excellent shape beings that its brand new and was expensive as hell obviously. So basically in one afternoon I managed to scratch every single panel on the truck waxing it. Either the towel i chose to use was dirty or simply to course but if you look very closely at the truck you can see very very light scratching that wasn't there before the waxing. Do any of you have experience with this or know how i can fix the damage. It is very light and definitely just in the clearcoat, its barely noticeable, I am sure im just being anal about a new vehicle. Any input is appreciated
     
  2. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM
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    EricT

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    I'm a new guy to this, but I had a similar scratch on my door - a little rubbing compound followed by waxing the area and I can't find it anymore.
     
  3. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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    That sucks hopefully you can use some touch up paint on some of the scratches. Sometimes when if wax my truck I miss spots (buffing) and they look like scratches but its just wax
     
  4. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:57 AM
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    T0LLPHR33

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    depending how deep the scratches are you maybe able to buff them out...

    picture will help...
     
  5. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:57 AM
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    bt08231

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    Its scratches so light you can barely see them, i mean i have to kneel down next to the panel and look at the panel at a certain angle to the light just to see them. If you have ever looked at a car panel at a certain angle and seen many circular scratchs almost like spider webs if that gives you an idea. I know its just on the clear coat and just hate the way it looks and it bothers the hell out of me. I may try a scratch and swirl remover, i may just not care and say f it.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    They are so light i bet you wouldnt see them in a picture, i basically just can't believe I did something this stupid lol
     
  7. Oct 15, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    smallcandle

    smallcandle The clown has no penis...

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    I've found that a damp micro fiber towel and polishing compound can work wonders on scratches. Do one section at a time and don't use too much pressure while applying. Let dry and buff off with a dry micro fiber towel or soft diaper. Don't worry, from what you're describing you shouldn't have too much trouble getting those scratches out of there. Good luck!
     
  8. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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    bao523

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    i had a dark color car before and after about 3-4 years i noticed swirl marks all over the car. it looked like what you described really light scracthes all over. they have a product at autozone called swirl remover. you apply it just like wax and it took most of it off.
     
  9. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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    If you are just talking about light scratching on the clear coat that can only be seen at the perfect angle then there is nothing to be done. Every one of our trucks will have this. If you try to fix it by buffing or whatever you’ll probably make it worse.
     
  10. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM
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    That's more of an honest mistake than a stupid mistake. THIS is a stupid mistake:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/33318-halp.html

    I figure I'd help give you some perspective on how bad things *could* be. Older thread but worth the read if you need a laugh. ;)
     
  11. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM
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    Man that sucks, try the McGuire's three step process. Wash and then;

    • Paint cleaner
    • Paint polish
    • Wax
    However, if it was me I would wash, clay bar the entire truck and then:

    • Paint cleaner
    • Paint polish
    • NXT 2.0 wax
    When I bought my truck used it had some scratches and swirl marks on it. And the dealership used stupid Butlers wax and gummed everything up.

    If you need some more help, i have a system how I wash and clean my trucks pain. If you want I can give you some pointers that have helped me.
     
  12. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:16 AM
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    I have the same color truck and have gotten out some rub marks and scratches that I thought would never come out. I use 3m polishing compound with micro-fiber towels and some light pressure. Make sure you use new or clean towels. If you wash micro-fiber towels wash them by themselves with no bleach or fabric softner. Also mothers clay bar and Showtime instant detailer work great. And always wax the truck after compounding or clay bar cus that stuff takes all the wax off.
     
  13. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:47 AM
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    I live in a hot environment, AZ and the truck sits out side most of the time, and synthetic waxs holds up better out here. But if I could I would use carnuba in a heart beat!
     
  14. Oct 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM
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    If its a deep scratch and its only in the clear coat I would either buff it or wet sand the area
     
  15. Oct 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM
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    SubZombie

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    ...There are plenty of products out there that get rid of swirl marks very easily.
     
  16. Oct 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM
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    check out meguiars forum on their website. everything you need to know from restoring to upkeep. and dont be afraid to invest some $ in to the right "tools" as it will pay off. the swirl marks should come out pretty easily with the right products and some elbow grease.
     
  17. Oct 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM
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    Use 3M imperial hand glaze.It will take the scratches out and smooth out the painted surface without hurting the clear coat.
     
  18. Oct 15, 2009 at 10:57 AM
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    Marioso

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    if its not past the clear coat

    http://www.3dproducts.com/high-definition.aspx

    id recommend u buy the hd uno... i use it myself when i detail cars and on my own...unless its passed the clear coat ur ok
     
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