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Old 08-16-2011, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default Any tips of removing scratches?

As the title says. Will wet sanding be the best way? and how about those dull scratches in between the door handle where it dips?
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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As the title says. Will wet sanding be the best way? and how about those dull scratches in between the door handle where it dips?
....sorry, but your title is just as vague as your post.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:25 AM   #3
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I assume you are talking about from the scratches at the bottom of the exterior door cup underneath the handle, from people dragging fingernails along the bottom? Those piss me off so much. Get yourself a foam applicator pad, cut it in half to make it fit easier, then use ScratchX 2.0, it made them pretty much invisible on my car. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:56 PM   #4
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60 grit sand paper, and rub the hell out of teh scratches.


Report back with results and pics.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:41 PM   #5
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60 grit sand paper, and rub the hell out of teh scratches.


Report back with results and pics.


Damn its getting harsh in here
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:58 PM   #6
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i meant on the exterior where the handles
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:50 PM   #7
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grap my tired


(get some 205 and a microfiber waxing pad)
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:36 PM   #8
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i meant on the exterior where the handles
.....where the handles......what????

Seriously, at least make an effort to communicate the details of your problem so we can help you. ....this is a pet peeve of mine if you can't tell.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:14 AM   #9
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DO NOT WET SAND. UNLESS you're planning on repainting that area..... use compound rubber.... works the best.... I have been detailing cars for awhile and it has never failed on me.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:23 AM   #10
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Are you able to post some pics? What you used to repair scratches depends on where and how deep it is.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:23 AM   #11
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OP, I just saw you were from Fort Drum... do you ever come to the Syracuse meet-ups? There's one this saturday at 5 Guys. Send me a PM if you're coming down and I will bring my porter cable and some 205. That'll do the trick fo sho!

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Old 08-19-2011, 09:03 PM   #12
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OP, I just saw you were from Fort Drum... do you ever come to the Syracuse meet-ups? There's one this saturday at 5 Guys. Send me a PM if you're coming down and I will bring my porter cable and some 205. That'll do the trick fo sho!

p.s.- Thank you for your service to our country!
i wish i could but i just got my wisdom teeth pulled ill be there next saturday
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Old 08-20-2011, 07:01 PM   #13
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Scratch-X works
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:22 PM   #14
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don't sand it. try some rubbing compound followed by a wax.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:50 PM   #15
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you always start with less abrasive and move up. sanding would be last resort and probably counter productive in your case
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:53 PM   #16
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Do not wet sand within the door handles. You will not be able to get a buffer in there and trying to compound, polish out the wet sanding marks will be near impossible. Get some rubbing compound and an applicator and work it that way. I detail cars and this is what I do. I wish there was a better way to do this but there isn't.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:29 AM   #17
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DO NOT WET SAND. UNLESS you're planning on repainting that area..... use compound rubber.... works the best.... I have been detailing cars for awhile and it has never failed on me.
Using compound rubber....... yea sounds like you've been detailing for a long time.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:07 AM   #18
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use scracthX it is very effective for the scracth's .
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:23 AM   #19
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Those scratches in the handle area are 99% to deep for scratch x and some sort of rubbing compound will need to be used. You can then follow it up with a polish or scratch x.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:55 AM   #20
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you always start with less abrasive and move up. sanding would be last resort and probably counter productive in your case
.....this makes the most sense considering none of us knows exactly what the extent of the damage is since the OP won't provide the information needed.

IME, in some cases those types of scratches (in the recessed area of the door handle) will correct quite easily if they are light enough (especially when the marks are more like transfer rather than any sort of real "scratch" from peoples nails). In those cases, using a product like Scratch-X can work rather well.

Personally, I would just grab some Meguiars Ultimate Compound and their Swirl-X. It's a decent combination (IMO) to have on hand for any future issues that may arise. .....and if you can swing it, you might even want to get some Scratch-X (the abrasiveness of this product would be about in the middle of the other two). Each of those products are basically Bubba-proof and work rather well by hand or DA. I would say UC is milder than other "compounds" but still effective. However, it still requires a follow-up with a lighter finishing polish IME (especially when used by hand).

As jxkim mentioned.... when in doubt, start with the least abrasive method and move up from there.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:24 AM   #21
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i pretty much only have had to use meguiars UC and swirl X. i believe compound is more abrasive than the UC.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:08 PM   #22
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i pretty much only have had to use meguiars UC and swirl X. i believe compound is more abrasive than the UC.
….yeah. As with most things on this subject it’s all relative considering terms like “compound” and “polish” cover a myriad of products all with different characteristics of their own. Compare UC to some of the “can of rocks” you might find on some store shelves and there is a huge difference. Personally, I have used it on several occasions and find it fits well in between my M205 and M105. …..in fact, I find myself grabbing for the UC more often than the 105. I was actually really surprised how well it finished via DA the first time I used it. ….although I would still use a finishing polish.
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Scratch-X or Meguires u.c. Just used the Meguires this weekend. You'll be fine. Just wax afterwards. I used a terry cloth towel, but a micro fiber would probably work better. Good luck! By the way, thanks for your service. RP
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:39 PM   #24
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I have some small scratches also, I used the rubbing compond. Do I know use the touch up paint sticks you get at dealer to go over scratches, and then use rubbing compound again and wax?
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:05 AM   #25
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The best stuff you will ever use, 3M Perfect-It II....Fine cut.....make sure to use a microfiber when using this, you'll be happy with the results.

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