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Removing fine marks/scratches

DotNetDude Oct 18, 2018

  1. DotNetDude

    DotNetDude Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    Hi All,
    I've got a number of fine "scratches" down the nearside, an unfortunate consequence of needing to use a narrow road over the past 2 years! I spoke to a mobile valet who said that a hand polish would stop the marks from being visible, albeit only temporarily; to get them removed permanently would require a machine polish.

    I opted for the "full exterior valet with hand polish", and he was quite clear that he wasn't "removing" the scratches, but the effect of them not being there should last for a couple of months. However the shine was lost quite quickly afterwards, and after just 2 weeks I can see the light scratches again. I'm pretty disappointed that it didn't last that long - for £140, are my expectations unreasonable, or is the only way to remove them to pay for the hand polish?

    Note that I refer to them as "scratches", but my fingernail doesn't feel them, they are just marks on the surface that look like scratches, if that makes sense. I'll be selling the car soon, not sure whether to try to deal with them properly , or leave them for the next owner to deal with (and lose a bit of money on the sale).
    Thanks
     
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  3. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Selling the car soon so buy some microfibre applicators and some Scholl Concepts S20 or Sonax perfect both will reduces the appearance of the scratches permanently as the scratches are on the top level of the clear coat and not through to the paint/metal, just work the polish horizontally/ vertically then finally in a circular motion, buff off inspect then repeat til your satisfied with the results, both these polishes can be got in small 250ml bottles
    At the on set of polishing apply some pressure to the applicator through to the paint and gradually reduce the pressure, a couple of minutes of polishing then buff
    Reason for applying pressure at the start is because the polishes l recommend shave a layer of the clear initially then polish the clear at the end or look ebay for a cordless drill backing plate and cutting pad
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    "clear Coat" and "clear Coat" again, must be the same Sherry ye where on last night @q5man
     
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  5. DotNetDude

    DotNetDude Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    ok, thanks, I looked at the product and I can do that! One question, if I just work the product onto the area where the scratches are, will that area not appear more polished/shiny than the rest of the side of the car? Do I need to do the whole side, or try to blend it in wit ha larger area, or does it not work like that?
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Play it by ear mate as they say you may well want to to do the full car once you see the results that can be achieved with these compounds even by hand
     
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    DotNetDude Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    You may be right, having read up on the product s a bit, I could see myself getting carried away a little...
     
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    DotNetDude Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    It turns out I have a friend who has a dual action machine polisher. He said I can use it if I go any buy the pads. Is that something I should consider, or shall I just stick to doing it by hand?
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Yeah mate go for it got get 2 chemical guys Hex Logic Quantum polishing pads 1 green one, the other in orange but check with him what size of pads his machine uses as the backing plates on these machines come in 2 different sizes, 150mm or a 125mm, the machine will totally remove the scratches on the clear coat
     
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    Or better call Imran @in2detailing, tell him about the DA and want you want to achieve. Mention it to him what @jassyo06 just told you above and he'll sort you out. Very helpful lad!


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    DotNetDude Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    Thanks. I'll find out what size it is. This is a slippery slope in one direction, before I know it my garage will be full of specialist detailing products and equipment...
     
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  13. q5man

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    Haha!
     
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    And the problem is?
     

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