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Buffing car scratches out by hand

I made it at TechShop Menlo Park (www.TechShop.com)!

The TechShop in Menlo Park is the only one in California that has an auto bay, which is great because I did this at night and did not have to worry about sufficient lighting!

So I had these scratches on the back right side of my car because I scraped along a rusty trash can.  The rust actually came off the trash can, and that's what you see in the picture.  The scratches themselves were pretty minor.  There is a little dimple where it did actually scratch through the paint.

I don't know anything about cars, so don't jump down my throat if I did something wrong!  I did not know how to get rid of these scratches, so I had my friend teach me.
 
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Step 1: Washing the area

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So I made the mistake of trying to get the dirt off my car by wiping my sleeve across it.  My friend quickly pointed out that I should not do that because the dirt can make the scratches worse.  Who'd of thunk it?  He explained that I need to use a lint free cloth with soap and water to clean the area.  After cleaning, I let it dry thoroughly.  Yes, the creepy puppet hand is actually my real hand.

Step 2: Rubbing compound

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After cleaning, I applied a rubbing compound to the scratches.  I applied a dime size amount with a lint free cloth and rubbed along the scratches (applying a lot of pressure) until they disappeared.  I had to reapply the compound a few times.  This was the most time consuming part (it probably felt more time consuming because I laugh at exercise and my arms started to go weak early in the process) and definitely required a lot of elbow grease.  Before going to the next step, I made sure that there were no white streaks or cloudiness.

Thanks for the info

rashidmoney3 months ago

Most poeple do each step mentioned above, but they end up with nothing, I mean it is the brand of the scratch remover you are using that matters, for example; I have used "Meguiar's compound" and "Quixx" and both were amazing, but the "Turtle" did nothing even though it has been in the market since 41s.

See

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g10...

http://www.quixx.com/index.php?id=2

Comparing between these products;

www.spraysite.net/best-car-scratch-remover/

Thanks.

rashidmoney3 months ago

Most poeple do each step mentioned above, but they end up with nothing, I mean it is the brand of the scratch remover you are using that matters, for example; I have used "Meguiar's compound" and "Quixx" and both were amazing, but the "Turtle" did nothing even though it has been in the market since 41s.

See

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g10...

http://www.quixx.com/index.php?id=2

Comparing between these products;

www.spraysite.net/best-car-scratch-remover/

Thanks.

ringai1 year ago
Thanks! I have a long paint scratch from a shopping cart that I'm going to remove, now.