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Old 02-25-2013, 06:02 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by jdetzel View Post
Has there ever been any repainting done? Getting color on the pad means either you are already down to the base coat, or if repainting was done then you may be on a panel that has been blended and a small amount of color was mixed with the clear.
A scratch that catches your fingernail is usually too deep to be removed by polishing. You can probably reduce it by wet sanding and polishing but you run the risk of sanding through the clear to the base coat. Then the only solution will be painting.
There hasn't been any repainting done on this area of the car. This problem area is right by the "S" in Focus on the back. I had paint work done (defect from factory) by the passenger rear tire.

Originally Posted by mikebontoft View Post
red candy metallic tinted... that sounds like a mess. metallic base coat under red. It's a bit of a deep scratch if it catches on your fingernail. I would be cautious sanding it... I'd hate to see you turn that red into silver.

as for the red coming off on your pad, It sounds like your clear coat IS red.
I've seen a couple articles and videos where wet sanding doesn't seem that bad. I'd probably start with 3000 grit. It feels like for one of the scratches, there's a flap of metal that piled up on one side, so this makes me think I will need to wet sand.

Originally Posted by billand View Post
The color wont come off the car unless the clear coat is burned off. The most likely reson for the color transfering to your wax pad is that the car has overspray on it from being painted or another car being painted neer it.

If you can attach some pics I can guid you on the best way to get the scatches out safely. I opperate my own detail business and have tons of experiance with polishing and paint.
I will definitely get some pictures up later today. Expect them to be up around 4:45pm EST. I appreciate it!
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