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How to remove Scratches from clear.

Hey everyone, I have one of those f-250 crew cab yellow trucks, well this year I took her out to the lease and got some scratches(dull looking) from tree branches reaching out to touch my truck. My question is how can I remove them from the clear? Or Buff them out?
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If you can feel them with your fingernail, wetsand them with some 2000 grit paper and buff them out with whatever system you like... Go at least 2 steps, meaning compound and a wool or foam pad, then clean panel free of compound debree and go to polish and foam pad..

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If you can feel them with your fingernail, wetsand them with some 2000 grit paper and buff them out with whatever system you like... Go at least 2 steps, meaning compound and a wool or foam pad, then clean panel free of compound debree and go to polish and foam pad..

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Most people that I know say that if you can feel it with your fingernail, it is too deep to sand and buff out without the danger of going thru the clear.

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Most people that I know say that if you can feel it with your fingernail, it is too deep to sand and buff out without the danger of going thru the clear.Aaron
I have heard the same, and I would not use a wool pad, they cut entirely too fast.

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see thats where I have to disagree. Have you tried waxing it 95% of scratches and paint imperfections can be detailed out if you know how to use the right chemicals.

Do This ...

Stick you finger in some water...

Rub your wet finger down the scratch..

does it disappear at all?

If it does a good "cleaner wax will hide it.

especially that ford orange or yellow

can you post a picture of this scratch?

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I've always told people that if the scratch can be caught with a fingernail, than I can't guarantee that I will not buff through the clear, and the result will not be pretty if that happens. Then they can make an informed decision after asking about the price of painting the panel. What usually happens is we settle for making it "a lot better" but the deepest scratches will still be there, made less noticeable by the buffing and waxing...
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Tree branch scratches are usually not deep at all.

Buff it with a wool polishing pad and 3M Finesse-It II.

This does not cut fast at all and should buff these scratches out nicely.

I've been around ranches and done it this way before with nice results.

However, if you have not used a power buffer before, get someone to show you. One wrong move and you can go through the paint on a panel edge in an instant.

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Oh those mesquite branches.

aaah a texan, you know those mesquite branches well. I went down to try and finish up the deer season and brought home a few extra scratches. Any places in SA you would recommend to get the wool polishing pad and other product?
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WHOA! like taking a trip to the sun!!!


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I used to be a hunter and all but it humors me that hunting began by the need to feed the family and for saving money.. now it's spend a ton on guns, and tear up a 25k vehicle getting to your destination.. i'm not picking, I did the same thing a few times.. and I was thinking that as I was doing it.. but good luck on your scratches.. the thing that scares me is that factory paint is extremely thin.. I tend to believe that if you can catch it on your nail and it's a factory finish, there's about a 95 percent chance they are not coming out.. some will and it'll look better but i doubt they will all come out..
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From these pictures I can tell the majority of these ore superficial and dont need to be sanded & wheeled!

But I can't say for sure with out seeing it for my self

If you would like I will do a demonstration on my truck to prove you don't need anything abrasive. tomorrow when its light out

If you do choose the route of wet sanding and wheeling it out always be prepared that if you burn through the paint .... ....... now your painting.

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Thats not nice(just kidding)..

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aah bob your no fun(just kidding),
but cool that you can remove posts, how long do you need to be around before I can get one of those "remove" buttons. So are you saying just regular old wax job should do it?.... I'm just getting it ready to sell, Since I'm going down to a f-150. Hey You know I saw a f-150 truck that the paint job was the texture of one of those rough spray on bed liners. Anyone know how to do that... Now that would be cool. I could paint my f-150 that rough texture and go any place in the woods.
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I used to be a hunter and all but it humors me that hunting began by the need to feed the family and for saving money.. now it's spend a ton on guns, and tear up a 25k vehicle getting to your destination.. i'm not picking, I did the same thing a few times.. and I was thinking that as I was doing it.. but good luck on your scratches.. the thing that scares me is that factory paint is extremely thin.. I tend to believe that if you can catch it on your nail and it's a factory finish, there's about a 95 percent chance they are not coming out.. some will and it'll look better but i doubt they will all come out..
25K I'm hurt, actually your right chad, there' something not right about tearing up a new truck for a deer, but it was so much fun, but what the heck the kids were having fun and the truck was going where we needed it to. I better wait till next week after deer season is over, before I get her fixed up for selling..
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