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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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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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