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Old 02-23-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Last night I washed the hell out of my WRX and noticed a bunch of scratches in the paint. Wondering if anyone here has done some kind of scratch removal and which products work best. Most of them look like they will almost buff out but I figured I'd ask
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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Last night I washed the hell out of my WRX and noticed a bunch of scratches in the paint. Wondering if anyone here has done some kind of scratch removal and which products work best. Most of them look like they will almost buff out but I figured I'd ask
Are they just random small scratches (straight lines)? If so, can you feel them with your fingernail?Or are they circular swirl scratches all over the car? Or, perhaps both.

In most cases it will all be fairly easy enough to remove with a polish and a significant amount of elbow grease. However, more elaboration is need before I can recommend anything to you in more detail.
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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....I'd be curious to know what "washed the hell" entails. No sense putting a bunch of work into correcting the result of a problem before figuring out the root cause. ....and your wash regimen should be the first place you should look in this case.
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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....I'd be curious to know what "washed the hell" entails. No sense putting a bunch of work into correcting the result of a problem before figuring out the root cause. ....and your wash regimen should be the first place you should look in this case.
Exactly what Kean said.


No sense in working backwards or without knowing the known cause. How specifically did you wash your car and what as the exact procedure. Improper procedures and techniques can afflict more defects into your paint and you might not even know it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:16 PM   #5
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Appreciate the responses it wasn't anything I did from washing it, they are small scratches that don't go through the paint I can take some pics and post them...but they are just random scuffs in the paint hard to describe lol
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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how do you wash your car..what kinda of Mitt/Sponge do you use..What kind of towel are you using for drying..its pretty easy to put some micro marring into your paint if you use some crappy quality towels.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #7
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Appreciate the responses it wasn't anything I did from washing it, they are small scratches that don't go through the paint I can take some pics and post them...but they are just random scuffs in the paint hard to describe lol
....scratches are caused by contact and contact is typically most frequent during tasks like washing your vehicle. This is why we bring it up since it is usually the primary source of the problem. Some level of marring will likely be inevitable over time so its really just about mitigating the risks. ....and you can do that with the tools, techniques and products you choose.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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go buy a clay bar and smooth out the area where the scratches are, then see if your nail catches onto the scratch at all to see how deep it is. should catch on pretty good if its deep, if not, buff it out and it'll most likely look a lot better than it does right now.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:27 PM   #9
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-quick wash
-apply quick detail spray to lube one section at a time then apply clay bar till it slides smooth across the paint, use a nice microfiber cloth to wipe clean.....like others said though depends on how deep the scrathes are, clay at least smooths everything out nice
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:38 AM   #10
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Just a reminder..... Clay will only help remove some above-surface contamination. It does not remove, soften or smooth out scratches.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:51 AM   #11
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Just a reminder..... Clay will only help remove some above-surface contamination. It does not remove, soften or smooth out scratches.
"smooth out the area", i didn't say "smooth out the scratches" lol.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:11 AM   #12
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"smooth out the area", i didn't say "smooth out the scratches" lol.
....consider it clarification for those that may think otherwise (which is not uncommon from what I have seen).
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Meguires ScratchX is a product you could try.
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This should work well for spot treatments. I have never used it so I am not aware of how well it finishes. If you can feel the scratch, chances are you will not be able to remove it, only diminish its appearance.

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Clay bars, ScratchX, all that stuff works at the clear coat level, your not touching the paint, and if the scratches are through to the paint, nothing outside of re-paint will remove them.
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depending on the severity of scratches (how deep into the clear, consistency throughout etc.), i've had good luck with Griot's random orbital and polishing compounds. have had some surprisingly good results. provided, as others have said, you haven't broken through the paint layer anywhere, they're not too deep into the clear, and (in the case of Griot's system) you follow the instructions to a T.
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For any scratch, I would usually just polish the car. Obviously if your car is new, you don't want to polish it too much so I would suggest using super intensive polish to buff just areas where there are scratches. If scratches are really deep, a wet sand and 3 stage polish (power gloss, super intensive, then super finish compound) would be necessary, but I would not suggest that on a new car. If you decide to polish the car in those areas, always go over those spots with solvent first and then clay bar it if the surface is rough. After any polishing, always wax the car with a paste wax or carnauba wax. Paint sealant is also suggested. I hope that helped! Good luck with your scratch removal.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:50 AM   #18
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For any scratch, I would usually just polish the car. Obviously if your car is new, you don't want to polish it too much so I would suggest using super intensive polish to buff just areas where there are scratches. If scratches are really deep, a wet sand and 3 stage polish (power gloss, super intensive, then super finish compound) would be necessary, but I would not suggest that on a new car.

If you decide to polish the car in those areas, always go over those spots with solvent first and then clay bar it if the surface is rough. After any polishing, always wax the car with a paste wax or carnauba wax. Paint sealant is also suggested. I hope that helped! Good luck with your scratch removal.
Well, regardless if the vehicle is brand new or a year old, the condition of the finish should dictate the level of correction needed to reach your goal, right? Scratches are scratches whether on a new car marred by dealer hacks or one that's a year old with blemishes caused by regular maintenance by the owner. ....how you remove them doesnt really change.

As for using a solvent prior to claying, to each their own but I wouldn't call it "necessary". Can you clarify what type of solvent(s) you're talking about and what method of application? If I were going to the trouble and I thought additional decontamination was necessary (ie to remove embedded ferrous contamination, etc.), I would prefer to use a product like Valugard ABC (personally). ....for product removal I might just use an appropriate dilution of something like CG CWC as my initial wash.

In regard to always using a paste/carnauba wax, I would say that its really matter of preference and should depend on what exactly an individual is looking for in a product.
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