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clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:28 pm
by wheelsONfire
You guys who tend to go nuts when you have scratches in the clear coat. Like 1mm deep, do you polish or do you sand and polish?

Let me know....

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:40 pm
by TLN
subscribed. Got some small scratches, wanna get rid of em, but don't wanna make it worse

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:40 pm
by Weenie

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:44 pm
by Greatestalltime
Polish with a good polish.

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:20 pm
by PsyDoc
To remove the scratch, you've going to have to sand/polish the surrounding clear coat down to the depth of the scratch. You'll be removing a lot more clear coat than the tiny bit that was removed by the scratch. I'd leave it until you have a lot of scratches or other imperfections and then do a re-spray.

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:42 pm
by rides4beer
My top tube is black, so scratches show up pretty easily. I hit it with some Meguiar's polishing compound the other day and it's scratch free again. :thumbup:

Edit - as mentioned, deep scratches require more work, possibly wet sanding. But for minor scratches and swirls from cleaning/wiping down, regular polishing compound works great.

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:53 pm
by Catagory6
wheelsONfire wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:28 pm
You guys who tend to go nuts when you have scratches in the clear coat. Like 1mm deep, do you polish or do you sand and polish?

Let me know....
a dab of toothpaste on a damp microfiber cloth
if that doesn't work, and its really annoying me, then wet sanding with 1200-1500
then a schedule of meguiar's compound > polish > swirl remover

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:33 am
by KotP
https://youtu.be/2nYF46P7B2c?t=44

^ That should cover it.

1mm is deep, maybe you're overestimating it, if not maybe don't try and remove the scratch completely (that's a lot of clear coat to remove/sand) but smooth/round the edges so it doesn't catch the light as much and is less apparent.

Re: clear coat scratches

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:33 am
by Weenie