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Old 11-07-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Deep scratches in clear coat. 2009 Flying Cloud

When the clear coat gets a good scratch in it, do you polish over it with a wax or polish or reapply a touch-up type of clear coat?
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:14 AM   #2
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I treat it like a car and use clear coat touch up, then a bit of light rubbing compound to blend it in.
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Apply the clear coat or you will soon have filiform corrosion all along the scratch if it is exposing unprotected aluminum. Use the finest bead of clear coat possible, even masking tape on the sides of the scratch to minimize the "scar".
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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Glare Knockout

Has anyone tried the product "Glare Knockout" sold on the Airstream.com store? Seems it is recommended for removing scratches.

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Old 11-08-2013, 10:42 AM   #5
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Has anyone tried the product "Glare Knockout" sold on the Airstream.com store? Seems it is recommended for removing scratches.

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It's for surface scratches, translation---all scratches are 'surface' scratches and this does nothing to remove anything but polishing 'swirls' or brush marks from washing, oxidation, water marks & berd poop.

If you can feel it with your fingernail it will need to be addressed with compound, wet sandpaper, clearcoat or a combination of methods recommended by those more adept than I.

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It's for surface scratches, translation---all scratches are 'surface' scratches and this does nothing to remove anything but polishing 'swirls' or brush marks from washing, oxidation, water marks & berd poop.

If you can feel it with your fingernail it will need to be addressed with compound, wet sandpaper, clearcoat or a combination of methods recommended by those more adept than I.

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Bob,

Thanks for the information. Most of our scratches can't be felt with your fingernail.

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
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I posted this question a week ago in a different forum and haven't gotten any replies. Seems like there's some good advice in this thread but I'd appreciate finding out specifically what products anyone used to fix their scratches before I go much further with my repair. My scratches are about 6 ft long and 1/4 to 1/2 wide.

"We just got back from a 10.5k trip across country. Somewhere along the way I picked up a couple long rub marks on the exterior aluminum siding. Whatever rubbed against the side didn't crease the aluminum, nor did it penetrate the plastic coating. It was almost as if a bicycle handle grip created the marks.

I've removed the residue from whatever rubbed my side, but I'm left with shallow scratches in the plastic coating, kinda like would be made by an abrasive stick. I tried Maguire's touch up car polish (non abrasive) and it helped a little, but did nothing to remove the scratches. I then tried wet sanding a small area with a 12,000--yes, 12,000, not 1,200--grit furniture finishing pad and I can tell that with enough rubbing I will eventually polish out the scratches. I just don't know if I'll cut thru the plastic, so I'm looking for any advice on alternatives before I expend all the elbow grease I'll have to with wet sanding."


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Old 11-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #8
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Clear Coat Scratch Fix

So I tried a couple different approaches to hiding the scratches on our sides. Even 12,000 grit wet sanding left slightly clouded areas on the unblemished areas next to the scratches.

So I went to O'Reilly's auto store and found some clear coat repair liquid that seems to have worked pretty good. It goes on like touch up paint with a small brush. It completely filled the scratches so that they're almost invisible from many different angles in direct sunlight. There is a very small ridge where the coating sits on top of the surface; so while not perfect, it's a huge improvement over looking at the scratches. I don't know how well this stuff will stand up to sunlight and weather; stay tuned.

Here's a pic of the product I bought at O'Reilly's.

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