Originally Posted by AlaskaElaine
So I thought I would give the old girl (and I mean the airstream not me. Lol) a bath. She is definitely mossy and hadn’t been washed in years. BUT without thinking I used a scotch bright and ended up with this. I only did the one panel by the front window but it is definitely scratched. Will it polish out? Is it just in the clear coat? I know she isn’t beautiful by any means but I don’t want to cause more damage.
Quoted from "other thread"
It's hard to tell from the photo if the scratches are in the clearcoat or in the aluminum, that looks like a pretty aggressive Scotch Brite pad...
If it's in the clearcoat, the scratches will go away when you strip the clearcoat - which has to be done before polishing. If it's through partially failed clearcoat and partially into the aluminum, it will be "better" after clearcoat removal - but some scratches will still be there. If it's in the aluminum, it will take a couple extra passes at polishing.
Regardless, if you are planning on compounding & polishing 'Lenora', this should polish out. "Polishing" a 31-footer is a big task, not to be taken lightly...