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Old 06-12-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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sorry not about subarus but i figured id post this here because theres lots of knowledgeable people here.

im trying to remove LOTS of scratches from offroading my 1998 jeep cherokee (black)

i bought meguiars 105 and 205 , and started going to work on my hood , after a while of both, i noticed i had gotten literally nowhere in the scratch removal ...

am i using the wrong polishing product?

or

am i using the incorrect machine?

any advice on polishing/scratch/swirl removal is welcome! thanks
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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It really depends on a couple things. First the machine your using might not be strong enough. What you need a is a da (dual action) polisher like a porter cable 7424 or the one from griots garage. They are far more effective removing swirls that the small orbitals you buy from the box stores. The polishes your using are good ones to use to start with swirl and scratch removal and will work well with the porter cable when used with proper technique.


As for the scratches themselves, since you send you were doing offroading, it depends how deep the scratches are. They might be too deep for removal by a polisher. They may require some wet-sanding or even a repaint.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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It really depends on a couple things. First the machine your using might not be strong enough. What you need a is a da (dual action) polisher like a porter cable 7424 or the one from griots garage. They are far more effective removing swirls that the small orbitals you buy from the box stores. The polishes your using are good ones to use to start with swirl and scratch removal and will work well with the porter cable when used with proper technique.


As for the scratches themselves, since you send you were doing offroading, it depends how deep the scratches are. They might be too deep for removal by a polisher. They may require some wet-sanding or even a repaint.

thanks for your help, the scratches arent deep scratches from rocks or anything like that, its from tree branches and such , they are just HUGE scratches that go from the front of the car to the back, maybe ill shoot some pictures tomorrow in the daylight and you tell me what you think !
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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Not a problem. After doing lots of reading and watching, i've learned that there's alot of things that can be fixed with the right combination of products, and proper technique. Here's a link to a guy who details a jeep with scratches like prob. talking about... Be sure to check out his other videos, very very informative.


Also, if your looking to upgrade your detailing supplies, definitely check out some of the vendors in this forum. They have alot of great products for great prices and offer deals just for being on the forum.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:53 PM   #5
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the exhaust tip on that wrangler is identical to the one on my Cherokee.....go figure...(being as i have never seen one online or in person that is the one i have)

and btw the scratches are very similar, although i have some that are much bigger in width as well from big tree branches, as opposed to his which look like a lot of bushes/prickers and small branches ...

i tend to drive into stuff that probably shouldn't be driven into LOL
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