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scratch pin striping removal--Success!

I couldn't find a tread about this so Im making one....since, to my surprise, this really worked well.

THE OCD thread and several others have show damage and scratch all the way down the sides of the vehicles. I have plenty of them too from going down narrow trails. Looks like pin striping.

I talked to a body shop about getting rid of them and then possibly prevent more.
it was sound like it was going to cost hundreds of dollars to fix. I was thinking i would just live with the scratches since its just adds character....

I an idea that i ran across to prevent future scratches was to run a giant strip of cling on plastic -- like they use in body shops -- down the sides when i know the trails will be narrow....they you just take a knife and cut slots for the doors to open...then toss it in the trash when you leave the trail.

BUT i figure that to be pointless unless i removed the old ones.

SO i just went to store and got a scratch removal wax and and pad you put in a drill, the a buffing cover kit. this a very cheep way around investing in a Buffer.

IT worked very well and the wax pads and buffing cloths all cost about 10-12 dollars.
My wife and i were very very impressed.

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AFTER:





I have more photos i will post and the products i used.

Im sure many on here have already done this before and probably have the real buffer....but this was my first time using this method of buffing out scratches the run the full lenght of the the vehicle.

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rubbing compond does wonders

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rubbing compond does wonders
I was going to use running compound but the guy at the car supply store talked me out of it and said use this scratch remover wax. it has "carnuba" in it which is supposed to be safer and better for NEW vehicles with new clear coating.

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This is what I used:



and then used the pad and the covers: wax apply cover, wax remove cover, and buffing cover.




I just put it on like a wax, step by step.



and started working my way down the vehicle blending each section together.



Most of the scratches ran all the way along the sides and could be seen from a ways away.
It got rid of 90 percent of them. some can be seen at just the right angle if you are looking very closely.
BUT when i got done, I was very pleased.
I could have lived with them since they are just part of driving on trails and having fun. but this was a cheep way to minimize the scratchs.

Standing back and looking at it, I'm glad it worked this well...and now its like a mirror.


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I even hit the chrome part with the buffing pad.

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Happy it got the job done!
Your OCD thread was my motivation!

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Looks great, I too have the Dark Khaki with lots of Arizona Pin Stripping, I picked up a buffer at Harbor Freight for $5 but have not purchased a scratch remover yet, sounds like I know what too look for now. Great Thread, Thx.



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It worked a lot better than I thought it would. Great job!
Looks good

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Hmmm, might have to look for some of that, I need something to try and remove the swirl marks I have in my black XK... nice job, seems to have worked well!
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