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Old 01-01-2014, 07:42 AM   #1
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Minor scratches in Clearcoat

I scraped some bushes yesterday and put some scratches in the side of my 2014 FC?
The scratches do not appear to go through the Clearcoat.
I waxed the scratches with auto wax and some but not all came out.
What else could I use to get the scratches out without damaging the Clearcoat ?

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Old 01-01-2014, 08:07 AM   #2

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You may not be able to get them completely out if you can feel them with your fingernail...but I used these 3M products with good results after we encountered a wayward bush.

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Old 01-01-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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Wax will not remove scratches. You will need a compound to do it. Compounds have some abrasive which is going to help remove light scratches. You may see it marketed as a cleaner compound but in any case buff it out with the compound and then wax to protect the surface after. Extreme scratches may need to be machine buffed but most light ones and small areas can be done by hand. Check around there are lots of products available.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:55 AM   #4
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For minor scratches 3M Finesse is a mild compound that is designed for this purpose.Best used with a buffer.If you have no buffing experience any auto detail shop can do this for you in 10-15 mins.
Do not use old fashioned rubbing compound as it is way too abrasive for clearcoat and the results will not please you.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:11 AM   #5
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Try some of this: Paint Glaze, 16 Ounces - Griot's Garage

My service van has a full-body vinyl wrap, and I also brushed across some bushes. While the scratched vinyl was not glaring, it was bothering me. I am a great fan of Griot's products and have been using them almost since they started, over 25 years ago.

This product performed exactly as stated. The scratches did not go away, but were almost invisible after use.

Try it…'ll like it!
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