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Hairline scratch / swirl removal

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  1. cole328

    cole328 Formula Junior

    May 9, 2014
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    Hi guys owner of a Nero '07 F430 spider for a 14 year old car, the paint is in remarkably good shape and I maintain it myself (always garaged) I have developed / noticed some hairline scratches in the clear coat in some areas any recommendations on a solid product that can help with this? Rather try to find something that can be done by hand if possible. Thanks for any advce.
     
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  3. Nospinzone

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  4. cls

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    3m Trizact 3000 followed by a rotary buffer with a wool cutting pad. Finish with an orbital cutting, polishing then finish.
     
  5. flash32

    flash32 Formula 3

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    I would think that may be too aggressive for the first try - always start with the least cutting / aggressive pad and see if you are happy with results
    Also a rotary buffer is too dangerous for a novice
    I would start with a simple product like scratch-x by hand and see it you like what you see
    Then move up - maybe a one step product may work -- turtle wax came out with a new one step that looks promising but need to use with orbital machine
     
  6. IloveGT

    IloveGT Formula 3

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    I will just sell the car.
     
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  8. Bob in Texas

    Bob in Texas Formula 3

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    Another option would be to take the car to a professional and have him remove the damage.




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  9. Ak Jim

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    Just remember every time you do a paint correction you are removing some of the clear coat. You can only do this so many times and then it’s all gone.
     
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  10. cole328

    cole328 Formula Junior

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    Thanks much for the replies.....there is no "damage" per se just some fine lines I noticed its black, and 14 years old, so bound to happen I will likely just leave well enough alone and enjoy the heck out of driving it@!
     
  11. BT

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    I just used Griots 'One Step Sealant'. It is really easy to use and is very safe. Not really made for application by hand, but I guess you could try it that way if you want. Does a good job of getting rid of light scratches and swirls without being as aggressive as other cutting products.
     
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  13. cole328

    cole328 Formula Junior

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    great thanks much
     
  14. cole328

    cole328 Formula Junior

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    Just bought the one step sealant the video sold me on it thanks for the help!
     
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  15. BT

    BT F1 World Champ
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    I think you will like it. Take your time, and borrow or buy a decent DA machine if you can. I followed the instructions in the video and had excellent results.
     
  16. cole328

    cole328 Formula Junior

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    I am going to try the hand route I bought some of the Griot's pads designed for the product wish me luck
     
  17. technom3

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    Lol. A wool pad on a rotary for some fine scratches? That's a bit much. Especially for a guy who clearly doesnt have experience
     
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