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Old 06-30-2014, 12:29 AM
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I bought my truck used. It has a lot of South Texas pinstriping courtesy of all the Live Oak and scrub brush here. When the truck is freshly washed, and it dries, you can see that the clearcoat is apparently scratched. What's the best way to repair the damage?
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So many possible answers to your question…. First thing you need to find out is how many of those pinstripes are past the clear coat into the paint. You don't want to spend all day polishing only to find out that 20% of them are too deep and require sanding.
If I were you I'd pick a front fender- spray on some detail spray and wipe- if they disappear (even temporarily) that's a good thing and you can get to work with a polishing compound that is safe for clear coat and see how much you can improve it with an hour hard work. A good dual action polishing machine and an orange cutting pad will speed things up a lot.
If it looks good- the rest of the truck will take time… but you can take your time and spread it out over several weekends. It'll be nice to do it yourself. If the scratches are deep into the paint….. someone else will need to chime in because I would not be confident to tackle that job myself. Good luck. BE sure to take some before and after pics.
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This guy has a lot of videos that should cover what you want. His instruction for scratches is in four parts and can take up to an hour.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Junkman2000
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None are into the paint, thankfully. I'm contemplating cleaning them with the fiberglass 'pen', and then re-clearing the scratched areas. Afterwards, I believe I am going to sand down the orange peel. I want this truck PERFECT.
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I have gotten some in the 13 I had. I had to wet sand and polish the compete pass side one my CC. Best way is to just have it wet sanded and polished. I am a painter so I have all the equipment to do it though. Best way is to have a professional sand it down and polish it like I did to mine. I didn't the driver side to get rid of the factory imperfections since the pass side looked better than the driver side when I was done. It is delicate work though if you sand a little to much or over polish it you can burnbthe clear coat and then that panel would need to be repainted.
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First off, you can't reclear just the scratches, you normally have to clear the entire panel.

To get the scratches out, get a power buffer. People hear horror stories about using power buffer and how you can burn threw the paint. Don't believe them. Get a dual action buffer, such as a Porter Cable or another good name brand. Don't get one of those slow speed buffers, they are useless.

Then get some foam pads. Wool pads are more likely to burn threw the paint. You can get different firmness pads. You probably want at least one firm pad to get the bad scratches out. Then get a couple of polishing compounds. Don't be afraid to get a little aggressive, you will be surprised at how hard you can buff the clear coat and not damage it. I usually use an slightly aggressive compound to start, then a lesser compound and then finish with a wax. Use a new pad each time and use a softer pad for the wax.

Its much easier and safer than it sounds. Griots Garage sells all this stuff too and they have some good videos.
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I have watched the guy at a body shop doing a side job, it was my Ram
I went on a Sunday, because sometime during the night, someone had graffitied my hood & both fenders, front doors & roof lines. The same person did worse to 2 other vehicles across the road.

He broke out a box of clean rags & gave the Ram a quick wash & rinse to get rid of dust
Then we both used Lacquer Thinner & the clean rags to start removing the green paint, it built up fast on the rag, so we had to turn the rag constantly & we went through several rags.

He then washed the Ram down real good

He then opened this very large box that had 2 large buffers in it, as well as several different thick liquids in squeeze type squirt bottles & at least 6 different colored buffer pads. The pads were all at least 12" in diameter.
He used a different pad for each of the liquids.
He ended up doing the bed sides too
The Ram looked better then New when he was done, except for a couple of scratches on the bed sides.

After he had finished, i asked him what he would take for that work & the price was to low & i doubled it.
It was his only day off & he deserved it & more
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Nice, GTyankee. That's the way to take care of someone.
RyanJM, I have some experience sanding automotive finishes. Good advice.
dodge man, I don't have an orbiatal, but I do have a professional grade Milwaukee buffer, and a few hours under my belt.

What I'm really worried about is that compounding will be ineffective. I've read a load of articles recently, and some folks, professionals, are saying its best to learn to like orange peel as you can permanently damage your existing finish with clear coat sanding. Wish me luck.+
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If you are trying to remove some light scratches, I think you will have good luck. Orange peel? Maybe not as good as luck.
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