Discussion in 'Detailing & Cleaning' started by staffy boy, Monday 21st Apr, 2014.
whats the best product for getting out scratches
An electric buffer and some cutting compound is your best bet. Autonomy SRP is good for fine stuff by hand but it depends how deep your scratches are for the best product to use. I'm sure this site has a detail section some where.
A friends who repairs Porsches in Denmark recommends brasso, just haven't tried it on my car!
Going easy with an electric polisher and some T-Cut will do the job in most cases, I use Meguiars Speed Glaze #80 to hide swirl marks and light scratches all the time.
If the scratches are light, I've had good results (by hand, on silver paintwork) with Farcela Pro scratch remover.
Have also heard good things about Autoglym SRP to fill minor swirls, but never had good results with it personally.
I use AutoGlym SRP over the top of the Meguiars glaze I mentioned. It doesn't seem to coat well enough to do it on its own.
I tend to use the Megs Pro "show car" glaze (#7) after paint prep on the MINI (solid red) with Swissvax "best of show" as final coat. That works well, but then again it never goes out in the rain and I've had it from new, so the paint is still perfect! And I mean PERFECT...
If/when I clean the Accord this week (assuming it ever stops raining down here) I'll give it a try on the silver, and top it with the Megs Pro sealant...and then probably pop some P21S (a personal favourite, but not very durable) or Bilt Hamber hydra wax over the top to see what that looks like.
The Mini sounds cherished, had no idea that you'd had it since new. It'd be quite the sort after prize. I haven't ever tried Swissvax products, though I have heard some good things.
I think that's all going to need it's own thread with the results
Having a black car scratches are a nightmare but I use a cordless drill with pads as you can control the speed. Nice cheap alternative to a dedicated DA polisher as you can get the drill bit attachment for about £4 from Amazon and the pads are a decent size and about £10 each. Need to keep moving though being rotary and keep the RPM low, but compared to doing it by hand it's a dream and the finish will usually be far better.
For deep scratches etc you may need to build it up with some filler first to get the best finish, overlap onto the good surface then immediately wipe with a cloth soaked with paint leveller and it should only remove the filler that's overlapped onto the good paintwork and not in the scratch.
Then you can proceed with the paint touch in and again overlap onto good paintwork, then spray the paint leveller which is primarily for reactivating paint but is also excellent as blending new paint to old. It doesn't effect clearcoat so therefore your original paint will be unharmed and it will simply melt the new paint into it. Once dry cover with clearcoat and leave for a week to fully cure. Then lightly wet sand and proceed to the compounding/polishing stage.
If it's just scratches that haven't penetrated the clearcoat then a decent compound and polish job should do the trick. G3 is probably one of the best compound pastes about but you have to be careful with it and make sure you soak the pad with water. Keep moving if using a rotary as opposed to a DA polisher. Pour the G3 onto the pad and then smear it over the scratched area then start polishing until the scratch is gone. You may end up with a dulled finish now which is where the polish comes in. I use Meguiars and again you need to keep moving. Finish off with a wax/sealant.
If the scratch is quite light then you can probably just buff out with a polish rather than a compound (which is more aggressive). It's safer and worth trying first.
I recently hand washed my car at BP and even though I'd made sure the brush was clean it's somehow managed to scratch my entire car. So I'm in the process of buffing out all the scratches as I get time. Bought a snowfoam lance and pressure washer as I'll never use that place again.
I'll maybe do a DIY if I get a chance, time is limited these days though.
^^Promise to take some 'photos and add them to my garage as, when, and IF I ever get the chance to do it - if not this week, then in the next couple.
I find Swissvax products are very good, but very expensive - and I only really use them on the MINI where the paint & prep can be perfect. My "best of show" is 5 or 6 years old and still plenty left - and is still fine to use.
Am considering getting some of their leather "non-shine" product for the Accord front driver seat - it doesn't matter how much I wipe it down each week to keep it clean, it is still starting to go "shiny" on the bolsters which really irritates me.
Trouble is, the product is £45 a pop Mind you, their leather care "milk" is brilliant stuff...so perhaps...!
I'll have to check them out at some point, for leather care - the best thing I've found is some unbranded bottle my Mum has in her cupboard she brought with her sofa 12 years ago She treats the stuff like gold-dust. Apparently there's some additive which got banned not long afterwards and you can't get it anymore. Sure there was a good reason for that too.
Anyway, I use Autoglym Leather Cleaner & Leather Balm, works really well. Not quite the same softness/plush feel as the "magic" bottle above though.
Look forward to your "if/when" photos
I spent a while going through various different leather cleaners and had to start again with the MPS as the leather is harder than the Accord's and doesn't absorb as well. Also have a dog so needed something to clean also but the cream type stuff end up making the seats too damp.
Ended up with Wonder Wheels Leather Clean and Feed, does a great job of lifting dirt and also seems to keep the leather supple. The best part is despite being a spray is doesn't soak the seats! There's probably better more specialised stuff out there but I was looking for a decent jack of all trades so there'll always be some compromises. Their Rapid Stain Remover is excellent for fabric, it got black ink out of my A-Pillar in the Accord
It's an expensive business to work your way through all the products on the shelf until you find one that works.
If it is recommended by one of the experts, that's good enough for me.
Which is why I use Aerospace 303 for my interior!
Am I right in saying that 303 shouldn't be used wherever there is printed on buttons because the ink will run?
I don't know to be honest, seems OK so far although I don't spray directly on but wet the cloth instead.
Do you know where you heard or read that @DeviateDefiant ?
Had to rack my brain a bit, but it was an Amazon review.
I've found some stuff that gets rid of scratches for good its called quixx scratch remover and it does that its top notch
I´ve covered my ugly scratch with a smart sticker ... :