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    Any DIY products to get fine scratches off my clear coat

    Purchased a seville in a gold paint job. The only down side is that there are minor and I mean very minor scratches on the finish. They are not very deep it looks like it was from a snow scraper. Any help would be GREAT thank you all I love Cadillacs.

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    Re: Any DIY products to get fine scratches off my clear coat

    You could try a Mequiar's fine rubbing compound then a wax, that should do the trick. As long as the scratches are not past the base coat.

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    Re: Any DIY products to get fine scratches off my clear coat

    Quote Originally Posted by SpenceSLS View Post
    Purchased a seville in a gold paint job. The only down side is that there are minor and I mean very minor scratches on the finish. They are not very deep it looks like it was from a snow scraper. Any help would be GREAT thank you all I love Cadillacs.
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    the ONLY way to remove scratches is to remove paint -

    a high speed buffer/lambswool pad -
    and rubbing/polishing compound is what you need -

    if you don't know how to use this equipment -
    you can burn the paint in the blink of an eye -

    you could take the car to a detail shop -
    and have just that affected panel buffed out for less than $50 -

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    Re: Any DIY products to get fine scratches off my clear coat

    Dish soap wash to remove old waxes and Grimes.
    Clay the car.
    3m has a good product to be used with a professional buffing machine to remove fine scratches/swirls. Learn how to use machine first and what pad to use.
    CAn not recall name of 3m product.

    Then seal w your favorite wax or sealer.

    Research carefully first. Or pay a pro.

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    .....And then pay to have the rest of the car buffed. Several very shiny spots are going to look goofy. If a snow brush was ever used on the car, it's badly swirled/has tons of fine scratches.

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    Re: Any DIY products to get fine scratches off my clear coat

    Rubbing compound is very coarse and aggressive. You might be better off with a much finer polishing compound.

    Meguiars has many fine products for removing fine surface scratches. Here's a few.

    http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...cratchxreg-20/
    http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...g17616-swirlx/
    http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...bing-compound/
    http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...hing-compound/

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    Re: Any DIY products to get fine scratches off my clear coat

    For starters I would clay bar or NanoSkin the car to remove the contaminants and then use a fine polishing compound and finally a wax. If you have no experience using a buffer and a wool pad I suggest you get an orbital polisher. I prefer the Porter Cable 7424XP even over my buffer. With the random orbital you can't harm the finish with it.

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    Most 3M compounds are for professionals and shouldn't be used by a novice.

    IMO, Meguiars Ultimate Compound is the most user friendly/almost foolproof way to accomplish actual great results. Technique is the key, however. Always start with a small test area [16"x16"] to see if you can actually acheive your desired results, because the last thing you want to do is go over the entire vehicle only to find out you didn't quite reach your level of satisfaction.

    Complete results can be achived by hand, [keep in mind this method usually requires a Ton of work] but it won't equal what can be done with the help of a machine polisher. If it's your 1st time looking into buying/using a polisher, stay away from rotary polishers as they are for experienced only. You want to use a DA polisher [dual action] instead. They're safe, and easy to use. And best of all, they can deliver the same perfect results. [with the proper use & patience]

    Meguiars, Griots Garage, and even Harbor Freights 'Chicago Electric' DA Polisher are all user friendly and fine choices. The old Porter Cable has been well recieved for many years, but has since been surpassed in either quality or power by the other 3 I mentioned.

    Ranger provided solid links. Autogeek is a good site with great information for anyone who's interested in maintaining their car's appearance. www.autogeek.net

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