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Old 10-12-2003, 11:26 AM
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Light scratches in paint

Well today is a bad day I noticed the other day my son had this plastic handled thing with a magnet in the tip in which he was putting on my car. I thought he just did a little but went out there a minute ago and there are light scratched all down my passenger side. Cant see them dead on but in the light they are sure there. Any way to get those out? My day has turned to poo poo right now
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Old 10-12-2003, 12:03 PM
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if you have clear coat, depending how deep the scratches are you may only have to rub them out, wet sanding may be required along with a good buff hope this helps
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Old 10-13-2003, 11:13 AM
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Thats about it . If they didn`t break through the paint.

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Try 3M swirl and scatch remover before going the sandpaper route. You should be able to pick this stuff up at most Auto Parts Stores. I would stay away from most of the other rubbing compounds.
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If you have base/clear on it, try buffing. A basic rule of thumb is, if the scratch doesn't catch your finger nail, you should be able to buff it out. Deeper than that usually requires repainting.
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You should use the least abrasive method first and then go from there. Wet sanding should be your last resort. No reason to take off more paint than needed.
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I purchased $140 worth of 3M rubbing compound, 3M glaze, 3M buffing bonnet, 3M polishing bonnet, 3M foam bonnet. Let me tell you how much of a differance having a quality rubbing compound with a quality buffing bonnet makes. The 3M rubbing, and glaze are first rate and go a very long way in reducing swirl.

I would try the buffer before the sanding.

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Good tools and equipment makes a big difference.

3M is a good product. I use a lot of different 3M stuff.

But for buffing and polishing I prefer Mequiar`s as it is paint shop safe..

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Thanx for all the info and I will get to something soon I hope.
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