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So I discovered a large scratch on my hood today (2 actually) from I don't know what, so I decided to make a small, easy how to.

The scratch!!!



This is what I used:
1. 3000 grit Trizact cut to a 2" square.
2. Spray bottle of water with 3 drops of dish soap.
3. Polishing compound.
4. Wax. ( I use cleaner wax then a gentle wax over that, don't have to)
5. Couple of rags. (I use pieces from an old cut up t-shirt)



Make sure you are in a cool, shady spot.

Step 1:Spray soap on scratched area and wipe with rag to clean surface.

Step 2: Respray area with soap then using the Trizact, lightly sand area over the scratch in a circular motion, avoid applying a lot of pressure . As you sand you'll see the water get cloudy/milky, this is the clear coat so lightly sand for about 2-5 mins, then wipe dry with rag. If your scratch is not too deep in the clear coat it should come out, if not spray with soap and lightly sand about another 2 mins.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO REMOVE THE CLEAR COAT!!

If your scratch comes out it should look like this:


Step 3: With another rag, apply the polishing compound in a circular motion. This is how you're going to bring the gloss back to the clear so don't be afraid to use some elbow grease and apply pressure.


After you use that elbow grease it should look like this:


Step 4: Apply wax as normal. I use a cleaner wax first then a less abrasive wax over that.


If all goes well your scratch will be gone and you can tackle all the other ones you find. I did 3 tonight in about 20 mins.



I hope this helps.
 

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That turned out nice Jason..

Good write-up.. :thumbsup:

I guess it just depends how deep the scratch is on whether, or not it's possible to remove it without going through the clearcoat..Correct?



Rayo..
 

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That turned out nice Jason..

Good write-up.. :thumbsup:

I guess it just depends how deep the scratch is on whether, or not it's possible to remove it without going through the clearcoat..Correct?



Rayo..
Thanks!!

Yes. You can tell by looking. If the scratch is white it's clear coat. If its body color its to deep. If you car is white to begin with , then it gets a little harder to tell. After you do a few you can usually tell with you finger nail if it will come out. I got pretty good at this on my wife's Escape, I buffed out at least 15-20 scratches the longest went from P.side fender all the way the front P. side door, about 25".
 

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Impressive, I would have guessed that it was into the base coat but things like this are hard to tell from an image. No matter how many angles, lighting situations, or how good the camera is, it is tough to tell bad from good.
 
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