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Old 06-23-2010, 10:57 AM
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I have kinda like a swirl scratch on the side of my truck as if someone was reaching into the with their keys attached to their belt loop type scratch. I went to the local car detail shop and they told me it was fixable/buffable however they want to charge like $75 so I was thinking it something i can do myself. Whats on the market that will fix these type of inperfections?

Also considered using a claybar on the paint, How does this work?

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Depends on well your buffing skills are, and if you know how to use a rubbing compound, which in my opinion works the best. I am sure there are other ways.

Clay barring is easy, just time consuming. You spray on the quick detailer wax stuff, rub with the clay bar, wipe it down. Just follow the directions on the package its pretty simple
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i have to agree with werm get ya som trurtle wax rubbing compound in the green and white tub and an orbital buffer it may take ya a few times over but it should do the trick!
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Ive already got some of the turtle compound BUT i dont have a buffer. But yall say it should do the trick so ill give it a shot. Personally I like Ice products the best but they are a little pricey.
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You can hand buff it too with that stuff.
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A clay bar will do absolutely nothing for scratches and I would avoid that rubbing compound all together. I can't think of a single reason to use that turtle wax compound, you may as well use a random orbit sander on your paint. The clay bar is designed to remove contaminants from the clear coat, it does not have the capability to correct damage in the finish. The only way to properly remove the scratch, and fully restore the surface is with a decent polisher and cutting compound.
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A clay bar will do absolutely nothing for scratches and I would avoid that rubbing compound all together. I can't think of a single reason to use that turtle wax compound, you may as well use a random orbit sander on your paint. The clay bar is designed to remove contaminants from the clear coat, it does not have the capability to correct damage in the finish. The only way to properly remove the scratch, and fully restore the surface is with a decent polisher and cutting compound.
Thank you! I have recently seen dozens of posts advising the use of Turtle Wax products. For one, there is no turtle wax product worth purchasing that you could not get from another brand that works better. Compounds are meant to do heavy cutting, and if you use it, you will effectively be using 2000 grit sandpaper on your finish. Then you will need another polish to remove that, and so on.

To the OP, post pictures if you could. Some scratches will require a repaint, others machine polishing, and others hand polishing. If you do go get rubbing compound, just be warned you are creating a much bigger mess than you know. It may look good, but the compound will induce millions if micro-marrings on the finish.
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