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Old 07-09-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default polishing compound not as advertised: now what?

Here's the story: There was a large spot on my rear passenger side door where the paint was missing (likely due to some a$$hat hitting me with their door). I applied some touch up paint, and thought I'd try to smooth the edges and blend a bit, so I picked up some polishing compound that stated it was for removal of fine scratches and was relatively safe for clear coat. Well, it wasn't. The area I polished with this stuff now looks like there is no clear coat at all, and is severely scratched/swirled. It is obviously duller than the surrounding paint and generally looks like a turd.

Is there anything I can do at this point to at least try to make this less noticeable? A good wax maybe to bring back some shine? I'm really upset about the damage I inflicted on my own car, so any advice is greatly appreciated. THANKS.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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Exactly what product did you use on it? If it was a polish/compound with too much cut, you might just need a finer polish followed up with a wax.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:18 PM   #3
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Yup, sounds like you need to use a lighter rubbing compound then polish/wax.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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Turtle Wax brand "polishing compound and scratch remover". I hope you're right; I honestly haven't tried just waxing it because I ran out of time. What would be the next finer product?
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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That stuff sucks.

Try Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Followed by AutoGlym Super Resin Polish, then wax.

Results are wonderful:




For the record, that car had never been washed since it was purchased in 2000.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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That stuff sucks.
Ya, tell me about it. Hopefully the damage isn't permanent. Thanks for the tips, I'll try those products next - Any suggestions on final wax?

That's officially the last time I buy Turtle Wax products.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
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As a final wax I use AutoGlym HD, but that's pretty rich for some peoples' blood.

You can't go wrong with any of Mothers or Meguiars' offerings in the wax department. Wax is as much personal preference as it is performance until you get into the really $$$ stuff.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:09 PM   #8
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....as with most detailing products, not all compounds are created equal. Some can be like using a box of rocks while others can be relatively gentle (more like a medium polish).

I would go with Meguiars Ultimate Compound (like Xan mentioned) and follow up with something like Meguiars Swirl-X or their Ultimate Polish. Follow up with your choice of wax/sealant.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:50 PM   #9
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After your first post I was thinking you must have used the Turtle Wax compound, but I wanted to be sure. That stuff is like sandpaper in a can!
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:44 PM   #10
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Autoglym ahs been in sale at pepboys and if your lucky walmart. Good products. i assune the pads you are using are clean. Drop a pad on the concrete and then use it in the car and that can create the type of damage youre describing
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:49 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone - really good info. Bluemax, ya, they were new pads, and didn't drop them, haha.

Since I've got some guru's attention here - the reason this all started was paint chips (large ones, actually). I used Subaru touch up paint, but it doesn't fill well, and looks worse after buffing/waxing than just painting and walking away. Are there other tricks for this or is that just the way it is with chips?
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:59 PM   #12
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As a final wax I use AutoGlym HD, but that's pretty rich for some peoples' blood.
Went to a wallmart in new hampshire. They had autoglym products on clerance. I bought them. They're awesome.


True story.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:04 PM   #13
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Apparently the HD Wax can be had for as little as $10 there.
I'm just THAT opposed to WalMart that I won't do it
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:21 PM   #14
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I grabbed some of the hd wax too. That stuff by itself made my carbonfiber scoop go from waterspotted and ****ty, to brand freaking new (looking)
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #15
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W00t! Thanks everyone. Just got done washing and working on those ugly spots. I used some Meguiars Ultimate compound, followed by Meguiars Polish (I couldn't find Autoglym stuff anywhere) and those dull rough spots the Turtle wax left behind are history. It looked so good I tried that combo on a couple of other spots that were bothering me - minor scratches, etc - and those are much less noticeable now too. Stuff worked like magic. Thanks again for all the input.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:54 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone - really good info. Bluemax, ya, they were new pads, and didn't drop them, haha.

Since I've got some guru's attention here - the reason this all started was paint chips (large ones, actually). I used Subaru touch up paint, but it doesn't fill well, and looks worse after buffing/waxing than just painting and walking away. Are there other tricks for this or is that just the way it is with chips?

Wet sanding.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:28 AM   #17
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W00t! Thanks everyone. Just got done washing and working on those ugly spots. I used some Meguiars Ultimate compound, followed by Meguiars Polish (I couldn't find Autoglym stuff anywhere) and those dull rough spots the Turtle wax left behind are history. It looked so good I tried that combo on a couple of other spots that were bothering me - minor scratches, etc - and those are much less noticeable now too. Stuff worked like magic. Thanks again for all the input.
....I forgot to mention this earlier and wanted to give you a heads-up.

Just be aware that Meguiars Ultimate Polish is relatively heavy in polishing oils. While the product does have a similar cut to Swirl-X, the additional oils can have the tendency to fill some light blemishes that may not have been removed by the abrasives in the product. I'm not saying that is the case in your scenario but thought it was a note that may be of interest.
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