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Old 05-31-2008, 02:18 PM   #11
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You diddnt screw anything up you just did not rub it good enough. You used wet 1500 to sand right? If you did you need a wheel that is capable of 1500 RPM and a wool rubbing pad and some good compound to do the best job. The wheel needs to not be orbital! The dull part that is on your car is just itty bity sand scratches in the clear. I assure you its not ruined. If you dont have all the equiptment just take the car to a body shop and ask them if they can rub a small spot out for you. 9/10 times they will do it for free right then and there in the lot.
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cayres. I Started with (wet) 1500, then moved to (wet) 2000 until the repair was level with the surround (very carefully).
Yes, I think your right. I wipe it down with a damp rag and it looks OK. So its the clear coat . I would really like to do this myself. Can this be done manually? I.E. can I purchase a kit that has the wool wheel and compound. Our can I just continue to rub (by hand, one direction this time) with more compound?
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I have never done this, so the following might be useful to those who also have never done this.
Cayres was correct. I found an online tutorial and learned that I was not using the polish correctly. You have to press much more firmly than I expected, and you also have to give the polish time to 'break down'. An orbital buffer is very useful in this regard.
My "dull spots' are gone. The repaired area(s) are barely discernable.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:28 PM   #13
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it is totally doable by hand to get the luster back and it not look faded, however you prob wont be able to get all of the sand scratches out, they may not be noticeable though uless you inspect it ya know? A wheel will run more than a shop will charge to rub that spot out. Id say just get some compound not polish and go to town by hand with decent pressure in a circular motion and it should do what you want.
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I'm gonna give this a go tomorrow. Thanks again!
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it is totally doable by hand to get the luster back and it not look faded, however you prob wont be able to get all of the sand scratches out, they may not be noticeable though uless you inspect it ya know? A wheel will run more than a shop will charge to rub that spot out. Id say just get some compound not polish and go to town by hand with decent pressure in a circular motion and it should do what you want.
I should have posted an update for all. I recommend you do it by hand for small areas, just be prepared to spend some time and energy. I could not get all of the "sand scratches" out as cayres predicted. However, after a very thorough cleaning, I applied a bit of glaze then followed with wax. I hand rubbed the wax off, then followed with the buffer and a microfiber pad. As I know exactly where to look and from what angle, yes I can find them. But I have to admit its not easy if the light is not perfect.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:53 PM   #16
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SOCON, try using a soft buffing pad on a grinder with a small amount of cutting compound at a slow speed, that should bring the paint across and fill out the dull patch.
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stephenellis >> Been a long time for this thread. But! I should have updated it (my bad!). The question is >> which "cutting compound"? So! I realized that most of the 'good' stuff works far faster than I do (I.E. I was trying to hard). So I tried a 'consumer friendly' product (read 'idiot proof?) called "scratch doctor". I had to apply it several times in spots, but it worked ( note: so slowly you just cannot overdue it). Another tip: Often, 'touch-up paint' is to thick. If your lucky enough to have a dupli-color spray (or equivalent), spray some paint into the cap, and use a good appropriate sized brush (you clean the area 1st of course).
So, Safety over efficiency?
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:48 PM   #18
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Seeking advice:

I have a '12 5DR Titanium in Kona Blue. A few run-ins with salt/rock trucks the past couple winters has left me with several rather large chips on the hood and front fenders and some road rash on the front bumper.

I've noted this issue a few times in discussions on other boards within this forum when discussion has focused on paint quality, which I think is lacking a bit for my car. In any event, I'm looking to fix the problem and I'm trying to decide whether I should do it myself or pursue the professional body shop route.

Here are the issues I'm dealing with. First, cost is an issue. Plus, we're talking about an "economy" daily driver here. I've never dealt with a body shop before, so I have no idea what sort of cost I'm looking at. I'm not even sure if a body shop would fix each individual chip, or paint the entire hood. Would it even be worth my time to consider this option?

However, while I'm not looking for my car to look brand new again, I'm not sure I'd be capable of adequately addressing this issue given my lack of experience and the sheer number of chips we're talking about. I've priced "do-it-yourself" kits such as Dr. ColorChip, and while they seem reasonable in both price and ease of use, I'm not sure if it would be worth my time and money to come up with sub-standard results on my own if I could spend a bit more and have a professional do it.

I'm interesting in finding out what people here think. Thanks in advance.
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I don't know if it exists in the usa but in the uk there is a compant called 'chips away' they specialise in small nody damage and do a good job. Someone went up the side of my car scratching poop out of it. Cost me 70 pounds and you barely notice the difference. Not perfect but a million miles better than before!

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i appreciate the response, but even if such a company does exist in the states, i doubt such a specialized service would be available in the small, rural town where i live

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