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Old 08-10-2003, 08:52 PM   #1
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Unhappy Best way to remove scratches/scuff marks?

I was driving up to a campsite last nite, and we took a wrong turn and ended up on this really small, dirt road in the middle of the woods....the road was the exact width of my car! So there were branches sticking out on either side and scratched the HELL outta the sides of my car!

I now have numerous long scratches along the side of my car. The scratches are only clearcoat-deep...I guess there more like scuff marks really.

Whats the best way to get rid of them? Can I buff em out? Or am I gonna have to re-paint my hole car?!
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Old 08-10-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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Id def have to see it to truly give you the right advice. But if they are only clearcoat deep, they can be removed. I myself own a polishing wheel. That with some good polish/mild compound should take em right out. If you have never done anything like that..maybe have a pro do it. Compound and polishes with abrasives can kill paint if not done right.
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:15 AM   #3
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I have a buffing/polishing wheel, and I've managed to remove some scuffs from my hood in the past with some Turtle Wax scratch remover stuff.....but this seems like it'll need more professional stuff.

I'm gonna try it myself, and if that dont work, I guess I'll seek professional help.

Any tips on products and methods to do it myself?
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:26 AM   #4
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autopia.org is a great place to go for all for scratches and scuffs. I would recommend buying a porter cable random orbital buffer... and get sum good polish, like meguires dual action compound polish, or if its really bad sum diamond cut. 3M is another good company for good polishes... u should really visit the site and really learn how to take care for you car paint... that turtle wax won't do much.. it might hide the scuff... but it won't get rid of them.
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:47 AM   #5
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GS-27 or Scratch-X and claybar (I use clay magic). I really like the GS-27 (works as a great metal polish too) and if a claybar won't get rid of the scratches I move to the GS.
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:10 PM   #6
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ScratchX is great stuff...I scuffed up some pretty righteous swirlies in my deck lid in the process of debadging it. I used rubbing compound on them, but it only halfway did the job and there were still ghosts of the S-U-B-A-R-U letters on there...yeaterday I used a nice lint-fee and seamless (Turtle Wax brand) detail cloth and some Maguier's Scratch X and Bam! it looks great.
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Old 08-11-2003, 08:18 PM   #7
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there's always www.paintscratch.com for a cheaper route if you can find what you're looking for on that site.
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:44 PM   #8
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I agree with Whiplash. Without seeing the scratches it's hard to recommend the proper treatment. Some scuff/scratches could actually be removed using a very mild polish such as Zymol.........others may require something a little more abrasive (but still realitively safe) such as Scratch X..........& so on. I'd check out the websites mentioned by the other members in this thread.

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I'll try to take some pics...thanks for the info guys. I REALLY hope I can buff these out!
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Old 08-12-2003, 10:17 AM   #10
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Goosie,

I have 8 oz rebottled DACP (Meguiers Dual Action Cleaner and Polish) for sale in the classified section. Let me know if you are interested.

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Old 08-12-2003, 10:58 PM   #11
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OK! So I went to the local auto parts store, and the guy recommended this Meguiars Scratch and Swirl remover. I bought it, and went next door to this detailing shop to ask for a professional opinion.

The guy looked at my car and said that my scratches should be able to be buffed out, cause they were only scuffs, they werent very deep at all. He said the meguiars stuff should work ok, and gave me some tips on how to use my orbital buffer.

I took a trip to Canadian Tire (like PepBoys) and found that Scratch X stuff, and bought a few new terrycloth thingys for my buffer.

So I washed the car, used the Scratch X on both sides of the car, then used the Meguiars Swirl remover, and finally gave her a nice coat of Megiuars Gold class Wax.

anyway, as you can see by the results, my car looks FANTASTIC!





if I look very closely, I can still see the scratches, but barely..they just look like thin swirl marks now....hardly noticeable at all.....I really have to TRY to see them. But it looks great!

Thanks for all your help guys! Only took me 5 hours of polishing, but it works!

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