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Old 07-25-2011, 11:20 AM
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I debadged my truck yesterday and when I was cleaning the driver side door I noticed alot of very small scratches.

I used goo gone and a small "chisler" plastic tool for working bubbles out of window tint.

The best way to describe what happened is that the 3M adhesive protected the paint I was trying to remove the badges from, but the paint around where the 3M adhesive was has small abrasions.

If you look closely in the right light you can see where "RAM" used to be with tiny scratches basically outlining the removed letters.

These are very small scratches and I should be able to buff them out with my PC. My question is what polish should I use to do it?

Would my buffing pad and Meg's quik detailer be good enough or do I need a little more grit?

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These are very small scratches and I should be able to buff them out with my PC. My question is what polish should I use to do it?

Would my buffing pad and Meg's quik detailer be good enough or do I need a little more grit?

Thanks for helping!
If you have a PC and pads, don't you have any polishes? You will definitely need a good polish if not a compound for the reason that you created scratches, not just swirls. And if you can see the badge outline, it is probably due to the paint under the badge not being exposed to the sun and elements like the surrounding paint. Post pictures if you can and good luck!
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I would typically use my PC and buffer with Meg's cleaner wax but I have recently switched to Collinite IW.

This is not paint fade, I know thats what it sounds like but what the actual issue is that the 3M adhesive was protecting the paint from my scraping, except where it did not exist (around the emblem)

When I scraped at the paint the "unprotected" areas around the emblem suffered very small scratches. So small there is no way I could get it in a photo.

You literally need to be 2 inches from the paint with something bright in the reflection to even see it.

I don't think it will be a difficult fix, I just don't want to use the wrong product and make it worse.
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I'm thinking the "Meg's #3 Machine Glaze" will be sufficient for removing these tiny scratches?

I guess if not I can go a step higher, I just dont want to over do it...

http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-3-Pro...1612695&sr=1-1
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Always use the least abrasive solution first. It might be trial and error the first time around. Your PC is your best friend. Good Luck.
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PS--If it doesn't work you can always go to maybe 80 grit and work up from there----LOL--(just kidding)
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I got a bottle of #3 machine glaze and if that doesn't work I got scratchx 2.0.

From what I've seen the scratch x will handle it easily.

No thanks on the 80 grit.
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I got a bottle of #3 machine glaze and if that doesn't work I got scratchx 2.0.

From what I've seen the scratch x will handle it easily.

No thanks on the 80 grit.
Good luck, Megs #3 will probably not remove any scratches, but fill them. ScratchX2.0, SwirlX, Ultimate Polish, and Ultimate Compound are all better options. What pads do you have and what PC?
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Good luck, Megs #3 will probably not remove any scratches, but fill them. ScratchX2.0, SwirlX, Ultimate Polish, and Ultimate Compound are all better options. What pads do you have and what PC?

i have the 7424 PC and the 54745 polishing pad.

I also have Meguiars soft foam polishing and finishing pads with the velcro backing plate.

From the videos I saw on youtube I think scratchx2.0 will easily remove these scratches but I'll give the more gentle stuff a try first.

My main difficulty with this stuff is that there often isn't a very good indication of how aggressive the cutting of the product will be.
If it worked like sandpaper that would be ideal because 220 is obviously much gentler than 60.

Looking at bottles of polish I have no idea if "mirror glaze" is more or less abrasive than "machine glaze".
(turns out it's more abrasive btw, go figure)

Good that meg's is starting to put a scale on the bottle to give some indication of what I am about to do to my beloved truck.

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I am new here so I'm not sure if I'm suppose to recommend products or not. If I'm not just let me know.

If you're looking for a simple polishing solution with a 110% money back guarantee I'd go with Adam's Polishes. I've been using their products for almost a year and have never looked back.
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