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Postby Hana Hou » September 5th, 2013, 2:59 pm

So I got a scratch on my red JK 2011. My step dad used rubbing compound and it worked nicely.....BUT it took off some of the clear coat. I can keep waxing to make it almost non-existant but every time I wash my JK its dull again. Anything I can do to make it last longer? Or anything I can use to clear coat the one spot? Prob 3 in by 6 in spot.
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Hana Hou » September 5th, 2013, 3:00 pm

You can't tell unless you are right up on it ----- but still is bugging me.
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby sandfox » September 5th, 2013, 4:01 pm

was he doing it by hand ? or a buffer ? after compounding you need to polish the area to remove compound scratches, unless he really did cut thru the clear, then sanding and reclearing the area is your only option
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Hana Hou » September 6th, 2013, 8:16 am

He was doing it by hand. He used the compound and then took it off maybe a total of 5 times. Each time the scratch looked better. The scratch finally is almost nonexistant but then was dull area. So we waxed it, and waxed it and waxed it. It looked back to normal but when I ran it through the touchless wash (hate the car washes with the rags or spinny things), it was dull again. My bf used a different wax and its lasting longer. Can't see it much but figure when I give it a good wash it may dull out agian.

Maybe have to bring it to a paint place... not like I won't get scratches on it... but would rather say - That one came from a big rock I wanted to climb or from the dunes :smt003 .... not "I dropped my top and scratched my Jeep :cry:
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Hana Hou » September 6th, 2013, 8:17 am

Oh and Thanks for the help :)
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby TFERV » September 9th, 2013, 11:57 am

Another question on this topic: While at the Badlands I got a scratch going down the side of my Jeep from a stick which made a light to medium scuff on the clear coat. What is the best method to make it disappear? I've got an electric hand waxer. Will I need an actual buffer? What is the best wax to use? Anything else I need to do?
Sandfox any thoughts?
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Mediocre » September 9th, 2013, 1:21 pm

Since it is RED. Bring it by my place to look at, PM sent with address/phone.
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Mediocre » September 9th, 2013, 1:36 pm

TFERV wrote:Another question on this topic: While at the Badlands I got a scratch going down the side of my Jeep from a stick which made a light to medium scuff on the clear coat. What is the best method to make it disappear? I've got an electric hand waxer. Will I need an actual buffer? What is the best wax to use? Anything else I need to do?
Sandfox any thoughts?


Dave is the paint guy but I like shiny things so I will chime in. Wax is a protectant and doesn't contain any abrasives. It leaves a film on top of the paint to protect from the elements. So it really won't take out any scratches. A polish contains very fine granules to actually a fine layer of the clearcoat eliminating swirl marks and very fine scratches. For bigger scratches then use a rubbing compound first and just like in sanding when you move to a finer grit you then move to a polish to remove the earlier scratches from the rubbing compound. There are also several "Scratch Remover" products out there that are really just a light rubbing compound that can be applied by hand.

But after using a polish you need to apply a good wax as polishes do not leave a protective film like wax or silicone.
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Hana Hou » September 9th, 2013, 3:12 pm

Mediocre wrote:Since it is RED. Bring it by my place to look at, PM sent with address/phone.



Thanks! RED is best HAHAHAHAHA

Think it is better. Actually much better... but I will keep that in mind if I ever have another prob. Brought it off roading a little this Fri and didn't get a scratch lol don't scratch it when I am off roading - only when taking top off lol
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby sandfox » September 9th, 2013, 3:33 pm

Mediocre wrote:
TFERV wrote:Another question on this topic: While at the Badlands I got a scratch going down the side of my Jeep from a stick which made a light to medium scuff on the clear coat. What is the best method to make it disappear? I've got an electric hand waxer. Will I need an actual buffer? What is the best wax to use? Anything else I need to do?
Sandfox any thoughts?


Dave is the paint guy but I like shiny things so I will chime in. Wax is a protectant and doesn't contain any abrasives. It leaves a film on top of the paint to protect from the elements. So it really won't take out any scratches. A polish contains very fine granules to actually a fine layer of the clearcoat eliminating swirl marks and very fine scratches. For bigger scratches then use a rubbing compound first and just like in sanding when you move to a finer grit you then move to a polish to remove the earlier scratches from the rubbing compound. There are also several "Scratch Remover" products out there that are really just a light rubbing compound that can be applied by hand.

But after using a polish you need to apply a good wax as polishes do not leave a protective film like wax or silicone.



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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Mediocre » September 9th, 2013, 3:46 pm

My daughter bought a car last week and the headlights were yellowed and cloudy. I used the 3m restoration system which is just a 3" drill backing plate with sand paper of varying grits, 500, 800, 3000(wet) and then a polishing compound. After the first couple grits you are saying, "what have I done?" as it turns completely white and opaque. But then when you get to the wet sanding it is clear and then the polish, "OMG!" they look brand new! This is plastic but the same principle applies to smooth the surface. Your dad did the first stage, opaque, and then didn't follow through with the finer grits to get to the "OMG!" stage.
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby Hana Hou » September 10th, 2013, 8:07 am

Thanks! Def good to know!
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Re: Clear Coat

Postby TFERV » September 10th, 2013, 1:18 pm

sandfox wrote:
Mediocre wrote:A polish contains very fine granules to actually a fine layer of the clearcoat eliminating swirl marks and very fine scratches. For bigger scratches then use a rubbing compound first and just like in sanding when you move to a finer grit you then move to a polish to remove the earlier scratches from the rubbing compound. There are also several "Scratch Remover" products out there that are really just a light rubbing compound that can be applied by hand.
But after using a polish you need to apply a good wax as polishes do not leave a protective film like wax or silicone.


well said joe !


Thanks guys. In the past I've used some liquid clear coat touch up and "scratch remover" wax (didn't really work) but this sounds new to me. I'll have to look into it.
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