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Old 03 Oct 2003, 01:34 pm
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OK, I had the deep scratch on my car re-painted about a month ago.The scratch was sanded, primed and painted, then the whole panel was clearcoated. After that, the imperfections were sanded with 1400 or 1500 grit sandpaper, and then the whole panel was buffed. I found afterwards that we had missed buffing a couple of small spots where we had sanded.
What I want to know is what do I use to correctly remove these scratches? I know I am not supposed to wax the repained panel for a period of time (how long anyway?), so what should I use here?

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Old 03 Oct 2003, 02:37 pm
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I used this on my wife's car. (Thankfully I don't have any scratches in my PT, yet.) It worked well and seemed to be very mild. I believe in always starting with the mildest product I can find and then move to a more agressive product if the first (or second or third) doesn't work. This especially applies to cleaning products.

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Old 03 Oct 2003, 03:08 pm
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No Shucks here, but I bet they have it at Advance.

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Old 03 Oct 2003, 03:12 pm
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would a clay bar work??
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I thought about that, and I have some clay, but I the clay was to remove contaminants, not scratches? I don't see how it would 'fill' a scratch.
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Old 03 Oct 2003, 03:33 pm
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Clay WILL NOT remove scratches. Keep in mind that clay is for CLEANING. It has nothing to do with the clear coat excpet to rempove imbedded particles (that's a good thing.)
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I have had good results with Meguiars Scratch X.
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yes scratch x is good for minor clearcoat scratch's.
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Another product that works well is 3 M Scratch Remover
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Scratches can either go through the clear coat (severe) go midway through the clear (Mild) or only effect the surface (light). Severe scratches can only be improved with the right chemicals and tools (compound and high speed buffer)PROFESSIONALS ONLY. Mild ones can be improved with greater success by anyone with some experience. (light cleaners, compounds, ) light blemishes can be eliminated all together with products that will remove them. Some were mentioned here. stay away from ones with "fillers" as they will return after you wash the car. Clay does nothing for scratches, only removes surface comtaminants. 30 days before you wax/seal. I would go back and have them fix it right for you. Gary
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