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Tree and brush rub

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by robbymartin, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Apr 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    robbymartin

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    I recently went off-roading and I rubbed many small tree branches and bushes and now my paint has numerous scratches all the way down each side and on the hood. These scratches aren't dug into the paint but they don't come on just by washing it. I don't have a buffer either so is there a product that I can use to hand rub this stuff out? My paint is black so it's pretty obvious.
     
  2. Apr 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    Just live with it. It's part of wheeling your truck...:cool:
     
  3. Apr 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    Yeah, but it's not a dedicated wheeler and it's not cool when you use it as a daily driver. Maybe when I was a kid but I'm not anymore.

    I just want an answer to my question...can someone help with that?
     
  4. Apr 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    Rocketball

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    For about $25 you can pick up a Mothers Powerball.

    Get yourself some Turtle Wax liquid polishing compound (non-abrasive) and put a little bit on the hood where the scratch is. Using the Powerball in a battery drill, go over the area like you would with a buffer working back and forth. Wipe off the excess compound and check your progress. Do this over and over until the scratch is gone.

    If the scratch is only in the clear coat you should be able to get most of it out, or at the very least make it much less noticeable.

    Just take your time and be patient. Don't push on it too hard, let the polishing compound and the Powerball do the work.

    After the scratch is gone (or less noticeable), put a coat of wax over the area that you used the polishing compound on to protect it.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2011 at 1:24 AM
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    I had the same issue after countless trees and shrubs and crap, i used meguairs swirl remover 2.0, it did a good job, either that or try scratchx 2.0. both are great products for that kind of stuff. some elbow grease and your good.
     
  6. Apr 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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    Just gotta polish 'em out, man. Black is the WORST for showing scratches, so I understand your pain. My Firebird is black, MINT paint, hell you look at it the wrong way, and it picks up a scratch!

    Go to your local autobody supply store. Ask them for a mild abrasive polish. NOT A CUT Polish, but a mild polish. They'll know what to give you. Tell them you're NOT using a polisher, that you're polishing by hand. They'll give you the right product, and you won't have to invest in a polisher. Just a sore elbow.
     
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