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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    Thanks. I definitely don't want to open a can of worms for sure. If I did do it I was going to use my Griots 3" drill pad after the 3000 grit. checking it often then follow that with the DA. I don't mind going slow and taking extra time. That's if I even decide to go after it. I did after all buy it used and never intended it to be a show car.

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    I decided to tackle the scratch on the front today. That one actually extends from just over the headlight to about a foot down the side. I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes mentioning the products I used but here it goes. I used the Rupes Medium Yellow Wool Pad 145mm/ 5.75" on the DA and Jescar correcting compound followed by Griots carnauba past wax. I'm actually amazed how well it came out. I never expected them to be gone.
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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    If I just looked at the pictures, I wouldn't have even known there was a scratch. Well done. In the future though, keep track of where you compounded. You really don't want to compound yearly. Best case scenario, you compound once when you first get the vehicle, then with good washing techniques, you put in a light polish once a year or once every two years and you keep the clearcoat in tact.
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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    This was the rear one I posted earlier. That one came out pretty well also. Yes I only use the Jescar compound on the scratched areas only. I did the rest of the truck with Blackfire one step just because it was a lease vehicle and probably only run through a car wash since new. Took out all the swirls and fine scratches. I only hand wash my cars so that won't be an issue going forward. Just wash maybe clay and wax from now on. I forgot to mention after the compound I followed that with blackfire one step and a Chemical Guys white polishing pad and then the wax.
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    Looks great.
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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by tae111 View Post

    I'm actually amazed how well it came out. I never expected them to be gone.

    I'd say you done did good!

    I don't see anything?


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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    I originally thought I would have to sand the area first. 4 pretty quick passes with the Rupes DA wool pad and correcting compound took it right out with minimal pressure. I thought the wool pad might leave some sort of swirl or holograms but it came out crystal clear. I did use blackfire one step and a foam polishing pad after just to be sure but I probably didn't need to. Sometimes you get lucky with a nice surprise.

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    Nicely done; you can't even tell there was a scratch there.

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