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Old 08-29-2010, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Bonehead girlfirend, and her friends.

Okay, so here's my story.

It's a 97 degree day, and my girlfriend and all her friends were having a car wash, you know all the cheerleaders make signs and stand by the road. It killed me to do this, but I said ''eh, whats the worst that can happen'' So I gave them the 10$ and when across the street to Auto Zone to get some oil and what ever else. So After they are done with the wash, I take the car home to Vacume it, Pull it in my garage and.. blam The pictures will do the rest of the talking.

Let's just say, water spots.
And Scratches, to say the least.

What I would like to gain from this post is,

-What are the steps I need to take to get the scratches out
-What are some steps to get rid of Waterspots that seem to be baked in.

And everything I do may have to be by hand, I have a buffer but it's really old and, and made by Turtle Wax so it isn't nothing special.

I have tried claybar... nothing
I am going to pick up some of that Meguiars Scratch X tomorrow, see what I can do.


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Old 08-29-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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first re-wash your car by hand and by yourself. Second you might have to use some rubbing compound to get the scratches out or just take it to a bodyshop and have your car buffed. Put a good coat of wax on it too.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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At least they didn't use steel wool.

Anyways, you'll have to buff it out with some polishing compound to get rid of the scratches. ScratchX will conceal minor scratches but the scratch will still be there and will require reapplication after a while.

Both the scratches and water stains can be buffed out. Meguiars has a several step polish that works great. If your car is old you can stop at their step 2 (step 3 is a final polish), and wax.

I've had my car sprayed with poorly aimed university sprinklers with hard municipal water for about a full hour on a hot spring afternoon while in class. My DGM impreza looked like a snow leopard when I came out.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:23 PM   #4
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I would try and use a high speed buffer to try to get the scratches out and a fine coat of wax. One of my buddies also said he used plast - x (yes the stuff to polish you headlights and I probably spelt that wrong too.) He said it took the water spots off his car, but I can't promise anything because I haven't tried it yet.

Stinks to see that. >_<

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:25 PM   #5
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A little rubbing compound then good coat of wax, then beat girlfriend. Just kidding on the last part.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:25 PM   #6
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i thought the whole point was to see the girlies wash your car... you went to autozone instead?
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:34 PM   #7
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Beating my girlfriend... might be an option.
lol jk ^

Normally I wouldn't do anything like that (Stop at one of those Car Washes) but since it was my girlfriends she kind of made me.

Okay so does anyone have like a step by step, the car is currently as clean as it can get, I washed and dried it myself, and I'm going to leave it in the garage so it stays clean untill I'm done fixing the mistakes that are on in. So here's my shopping list for tomorrow.

-Meguiars Ultimate Wash & Wax
-Meguiars Clear Coat safe Polishing compound
-Meguiars Clay Bar kit

Any thing else that need's to be added?
Also more suggestions are welcome.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #8
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^what he said. yeah why the hell would you go to autozone if there were cheerleaders washing your car?
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #9
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i thought the whole point was to see the girlies wash your car... you went to autozone instead?
Needed Oil.
lol and It was all my girlfirends' friends.. Does that sound like a good Idea?
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:36 PM   #10
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^what he said. yeah why the hell would you go to autozone if there were cheerleaders washing your car?

Yet again, it was all my GIRLFRIENDS Friends..
Does that seem like it would be a good idea?
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:44 PM   #11
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Yet again, it was all my GIRLFRIENDS Friends..
Does that seem like it would be a good idea?
Mirrored sunglasses ARE your friend here

Seriously though, grow a pair and learn to tell your gf NO! Its YOUR car, you decide what gets done with it, including washing. If she doesnt understand that, go after one of her cheerleader friends
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:46 PM   #12
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Mirrored sunglasses ARE your friend here

Seriously though, grow a pair and learn to tell your gf NO! Its YOUR car, you decide what gets done with it, including washing. If she doesnt understand that, go after one of her cheerleader friends

lol I didn't have to do anything, I just felt like I should.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:48 PM   #13
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Let this be a lesson to you, watch all the girlies next time and then your girlfriend will get angry, smash out the windows, dent all the body panels, and flatten your tires. Then go on a homicidal rampage with a hatchet chopping all her friends into bits.

Think of the money you will make on the video!

That way you will know who to blame and sue for damages. =>
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:21 PM   #14
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Thanks to the guy's above, who actully gave good advice; and didn't just flame about the girls a the car wash.

I just looked up some info, and Meguiars Ultimate Compound ; Seems to be the best decision for me untill I get my car detailed in a few weeks. It seems to be the besy ''By Hand'' option I have.

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:24 PM   #15
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Next time just give them the 10 bucks and drive away
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:31 PM   #16
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Okay, so here's my story.

It's a 97 degree day, and my girlfriend and all her friends were having a car wash, you know all the cheerleaders make signs and stand by the road. It killed me to do this, but I said ''eh, whats the worst that can happen'' So I gave them the 10$ and when across the street to Auto Zone to get some oil and what ever else. So After they are done with the wash, I take the car home to Vacume it, Pull it in my garage and.. blam The pictures will do the rest of the talking.

Let's just say, water spots.
And Scratches, to say the least.

What I would like to gain from this post is,

-What are the steps I need to take to get the scratches out
-What are some steps to get rid of Waterspots that seem to be baked in.

And everything I do may have to be by hand, I have a buffer but it's really old and, and made by Turtle Wax so it isn't nothing special.

I have tried claybar... nothing
I am going to pick up some of that Meguiars Scratch X tomorrow, see what I can do.

For those scratches and waterspots unless your buffer is of adequate power(PorterCable 7424 or equivalent) I would first see what your scratchX will do by hand. A parallel product OTC would be your SwirlX and then a step up would be Ultimate compound(which may leave a haze that would require a followup with ScratchX or SwirlX)

Make sure the area is really clean and make sure you are using a clean applicator and use about a dime size amount.

Spread it over the area lightly and evening then use EVEN pressure(not fingertip) to work side to side a couple passes then up and down and repeat until the product is either clear to your eye or starts to dry, then remove the residue and inspect. You may need a couple sets.

Subaru paint is quite soft so keeping flat even pressure on your applicator as you work will save you the headache of removing finger pressure tracers later.

If waterspots are etched in enough and something like claybar or a light paint cleaner doesnt remove them, if they are all over the car you may consider purchasing a Porter Cable to make it easier if youre not too thrilled about going over the entire car by hand.

Good luck!
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:42 PM   #17
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Thanks to the guy's above, who actullay gave good advice; and didn't just flame about the girls a the car wash.

I just looked up some info, and Meguiars Ultimate Compound ; Seems to be the best decision for me untill I get my car detailed in a few weeks. It seems to be the besy ''By Hand'' option I have.
yes, ultimate compound is amazing. give that a shot. i would try meguiar's scratchX or their swirl remover 2.0 first though... as for other detailing stuff, skip over the regular meguiar's consumer goods. their "mirror glaze" line is what you want. they come in tan bottles.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #18
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no pics of boneheaded gf or friends no care
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:12 PM   #19
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Use a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to get rid of the hard water spots. It won't harm the paint and dissolves all the minerals left behind. As for the scratches, go with a porter cable and some light compound, like Scratch-X like someone mentioned or a light Meguiar's compound.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #20
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....I would use AutoAesthetica's recommendation. Scratch-X does not contain fillers as someone eluded to earlier and will in fact correct blemishes in the finish. If you're concerned about carrier oils left by the polish, you can do an IPA wipedown (or something like Prep-sol) after you finish polishing. ....or re-wash the car to help remove them.

Meguiars UC, Scratch-X 2.0 and Swirl-X (listed most aggressive to least aggressive) all work well by hand and DA. As far as the water spots, I prefer non-abrasive/decon/chemical methods like claying, vinegar, water spot removers, etc. before turning to compounds or polishes. ....but it really depends on the level of spotting as well as the overall condition of the finish as to what I might decide to skip/use.
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First thing that went through my mind...
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:15 PM   #22
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I bet you some of the girls had on some rings/bracelets or watches and that's what caused the scratches. I noticed some scratches on my passenger side and it's only on that side and it's also on the inside of my door panel and it's a coworker who sometimes comes in my car she wear a bunch of gold bangle and dangly bracelets on her right wrist.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:31 PM   #23
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:19 PM   #24
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Thanks to the people, who actually decided to help.. Instead of ramble on about my girlfriend or her friends, I actually got the problem pretty much fixed.

I used a four step process,

1. Fully Re-Washed car w/ Dawn Dish Soap
2. Meguiars Fine Cut cleaner
3. Meguiars Show Car Glaze & Wax
4. Pinnacle Show Car Shimmer series 2

Before and Afters :

BEFORE :



After :

Were the scratches used to be :


98% of the water sports are gone
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no pics of the cheerleaders in action doing some damage to suba lol
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