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Old 05-30-2012, 10:05 PM
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So it seems like every time I come out to the parking lot I have a new scratch on my truck. The joys of living on an Army base I suppose.

Anyways what's the recommended product to remove the smaller scratches?

And while I'm at it, what's everyones favorite cleaning supplies for their trucks? Interior, exterior, tires, etc. I just wanted to know what the best out there was.
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I prefer the meguiar's Professional products, most you can find at NAPA stores. There are so many good products out there, and then there is some crap. The other problem is, this question is like asking which oil to use, so many opinions, so little time. Just use what works best for you..For me I clay, glaze(polish) and wax. I use either a good carnauba in the summer(for the deeper look) and a synthetic in the winter for the durability.

As far as scratches go check out meguiar's site. They have a video that shows their scratch X product. It works pretty well for swirl marks and such. Not sure how deep your "Superficial" scratch is, but if your finger nail gets stuck in it you have some work ahead of you to get rid of it. If it's less of a scratch then try the scratch X. I am sure others have some good ideas as well, either way good luck...
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I have similar issues with parking at the local Air Force base. I get to work 30 mins early and carefully pick a parking spot that is on a end spot and not near a foot traffic area. Extra 1/4 mile walk to my building, but so far the extra diligence has paid off.

Most of the scratches you are getting are most likely from careless folks walking too close and their backpack zippers are scratching down the side of your truck.

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I'd try polishing compound and if that doesn't work then I'd try rubbing compound. If that doesn't take it out I'd leave it. You can wet sand scratches out but this thins the clear coat. I'd rather have a small scratch in a good paint job than have the paint start peeling in a couple years. JMO.
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lets have a looksie at those scratches...it will definately help someone suggesting a product...

also the rule of thumb is to start with the least aggressive correction method/product first (seems pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised at people that throw an overly aggressive compound on a rotary buffer with a wool pad that only needed a glaze/polish and instilled more scratches/swirls than before their correction).
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So it seems like every time I come out to the parking lot I have a new scratch on my truck. The joys of living on an Army base I suppose.

Anyways what's the recommended product to remove the smaller scratches?

And while I'm at it, what's everyones favorite cleaning supplies for their trucks? Interior, exterior, tires, etc. I just wanted to know what the best out there was.
Pictures are good [asking for pictures tends to end threads though].

Do you want to invest in a machine? i.e Dual Action Polisher

Do you want to stick to over the counter polishes/products? There are hundreds of brands that most people don't know about that are significantly better than over the counter options.
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Might be able to clean up the outside part of the scratch in the second pic, but I think the scratch right in the center of it all will need some touch up paint. All the other pics will also need touch up as they all look to be into the primer. You will need a machine, cutting poish and cutting pads in order to fix that. Might be able to clean up a little bit of pic 3, but I think most of it will still be there after the fact.
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i pretty much agree with jayincali...but for me, i dont know if id consider the touch up unless it was right down to metal (maybe the primer).

the pics are a little hard to see truthfully, but try and run the back of your nail across the scratch in the second pic...if it catches, its likely not coming out...but it may be able to be hidden. try first with a polish (i've used wolfgang with good results and Klasse with alright results[i think i needed an orange pad on the BMW i corrected instead of the white], but there are other quality products out there like Menzerna, Meguiars etc.) The polish will cut the edge of the scratch a little more so it is less refractive of light, therefore making it less noticable from a distance (youll always see it up close...especially cause you know it is tehre) Alternatively, a qualoty glaze will fill it in...people always forget about the power of a good glaze.

since you asked, and if your using a machine, Id recommend trying a polish over a compound first. if it doesn't come out to your satisfaction with the polish, id hit er with some glaze then seal it...as long as you keep up on topping the wax and take care not to instill more scratches swirls, you'd likely be satisfied.
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