Tools

  1. Shoe polish can be used to visualize the scratches. Rub a small amount of dark shoe polish over the scratch.
    • Shoe polish can be used to visualize the scratches. Rub a small amount of dark shoe polish over the scratch.

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  2. Wipe the shoe polish over the panel. This fills the scratches with polish.
    • Wipe the shoe polish over the panel. This fills the scratches with polish.

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    • Block sand the panel with 2000-grit wet/dry sandpaper and plenty of water. Sand until the shoe polish disappears.

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    • Polish out the sanding scratches with rubbing compound.

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    • A polishing wheel makes short work of bringing the shine back. An oscillating polisher is less aggressive than this rotary polisher.

    • Don't buff through the paint into the next layer, especially on high-crown or sharp edges.

    Someone keyed my vehicle with profanity and I just want to be able to get the words to not be so noticeable u til I get it into the shop. Will this work well enough!

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    • Finish with light hand buffing to remove the last of the compound. Follow with car wax.

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Don’t you need to put the clear coat on the paint before waxing?

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