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Old 07-31-2006, 06:42 PM
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Need help on removing scratch

So I dropped a power plug on my bumper and the metal part did this scratch. What do you guys recommend to remove it?



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Did it dent it, too?
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If you can catch it with your fingernail you won;t be able to polish it out. If you get a hold of some touch up paint, you could apply it with a toothpick.Takes a few thin applications but always works out in the end...
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Find a detailer. An orbital machine can remove small scratches by someone who knows what they are doing.
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So I dropped a power plug on my bumper and the metal part did this scratch. What do you guys recommend to remove it?
You will need to polish it out, then apply a protectant.

If it is too deep, you will need a pain chip repair kit, such as Mothers.
Either way, you should be very successfull if you use the correct products and techniques
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Old 08-03-2006, 03:34 PM
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Thank you all for your replies. One question on polishes vs rubbing compound, how do you know when to use a polish vs a rubbing compound? My understanding is that a rubbing compound is more aggressive on the paint right?
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From your question it appears you may not have the expertise to tackle this problem. Spend a few bucks and get it done right. Most body shops have people who do that kind of thing all day long. For a minimal charge it can be over and done with.

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Thank you all for your replies. One question on polishes vs rubbing compound, how do you know when to use a polish vs a rubbing compound? My understanding is that a rubbing compound is more aggressive on the paint right?
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:41 PM
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From your question it appears you may not have the expertise to tackle this problem.
You're right about that.

I'm still wondering what the answer to compound vs. polish is, so that I can say I learned something new today.
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Old 08-08-2006, 10:05 PM
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You're right about that.

I'm still wondering what the answer to compound vs. polish is, so that I can say I learned something new today.
compound has abrasives in it.
pure polish does not.
cleaning polish has a mild abrasive.
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For the most part, compounds are considered very abrasive and a polish has light abrasives..., but that is not always the case.

For example- Zaino is called a "polish", however, it contains no cleaners and no abrasives.

As a general rule, a polish is formulated with light abrasives and cleaners to put on a high shine.

A compound is used mostly by body shops on new paint with a rotary to buff out the new paint.

In reality, there is not a "standard" for detailing supplies and names of products (that is currently left up to the manufacturer)

Another example is polishing pads, one company may have a black pad as the most agressive and another company's black pad is for polishing.

It can get confusing for people with only a little experience in detailing..., for the most part, you must know your product, not just the name.

Hope this helps...
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