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Old 05-24-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Tiny scratches all over paint

I'm sure this question has been asked plenty of times, but I can't seem to find an exact answer. How do I get rid of these tiny little scratches that you can see in the sun, that are all over my paint? Exactly what product should I use? There are a lot of Meguiars products at my local Walmart, I'm just not sure which one would be perfect to solve the problem? Thanks!
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The zaino store has a complete kit, best products I've found for black cars. Buy ther towels, worth every penny. The kit is pricey, but will do the car 30 times when done correctly. You'll never have swirl marks again, and ppl will ask where you had the car painted at.
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That^ or polishing compound by meguiers
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That^ or polishing compound by meguiers
Is that the ultimate compound or the ultimate polish, that you're talking about?
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You'll be sorry if you use compound on it. The scratches you have now will be nothing compared to what you'll end up with.
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You'll be sorry if you use compound on it. The scratches you have now will be nothing compared to what you'll end up with.
Yeah I've been looking at Zaino products and I've heard they are really good. Which Meguiars product should I use though?
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You also have to remember how your car got this way. What you use on a daily basis to wash and dry your car or even what you use to get surface dust off is just as important as the products you use to polish and wax.
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You also have to remember how your car got this way. What you use on a daily basis to wash and dry your car or even what you use to get surface dust off is just as important as the products you use to polish and wax.
Yeah, I understand you. I use Meguiars ultimate wash and wax, and always use clean microfibers. I believe these scratches have been here a long time, from the previous owner...I just recently decided that I should really do something about it now haha, cause I know I, myself get bothered by it. I also use Meguiars quik detailer every other day, or so.
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If you have access to a DA polisher or purchase one - THEY ARE VERY VERY VERY SAFE and work great. I would suggest Megs 205 and a white pad on a DA polisher. Those scratches are most likely micro marring which comes from washing and waxing with non safe products. As you noted the prior owner may have been the culprit since you seem to be using good MF towels. I only use Croftgate products for wash, wax and protection which are 100% waterless and amazing. As noted above there are many great products out there...feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

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You also have to remember how your car got this way. What you use on a daily basis to wash and dry your car or even what you use to get surface dust off is just as important as the products you use to polish and wax.
Perfectly stated....and I agree 100%
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Everyone here is right on! Meguiars isn't a bad product. They do separate their lines into pro, and consumer. Consumer from what I read is slightly less powerful than pro.

Zaino products are good stuff and they're safe
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Everyone here is right on! Meguiars isn't a bad product. They do separate their lines into pro, and consumer. Consumer from what I read is slightly less powerful than pro.

Zaino products are good stuff and they're safe
Agreed Meg's 105 and 205 are consumer products and perform great.
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Thanks for all the help guys. Is there a specific applicator pad I should use? Foam, or?
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Thanks for all the help guys. Is there a specific applicator pad I should use? Foam, or?
To apply the wax using a DA (dual action polisher, use a foam pad.) Grey pad for all in one waxes, white pad for polishing, orange medium cutting, black for wax.

LakeCountry are the best pads in my opinion. Others may say different.
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I guess I'm old school but cloth diapers are great for removing wax.
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To apply the wax using a DA (dual action polisher, use a foam pad.) Grey pad for all in one waxes, white pad for polishing, orange medium cutting, black for wax.

LakeCountry are the best pads in my opinion. Others may say different.
I also use Lake county pads and love them. My only comment would be to start with a white pad before stepping up to orange....I like to stress least aggressive first....just my opinion. I will also caution pads do not live forever...keep them clean and toss them when they begin to wear out. I always spin my pads on a clean towel in between each panel just to remove excess product and keep them clean.
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Sounds great, I'll look into those pads. I actually don't have my OWN da, I always use my friends'. I figure now is a good time to ask too, what is a good, inexpensive polisher, that will still last and get the job done? Thanks!
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Sounds great, I'll look into those pads. I actually don't have my OWN da, I always use my friends'. I figure now is a good time to ask too, what is a good, inexpensive polisher, that will still last and get the job done? Thanks!
Only my opinion...but I like using a Meg's G110 v2....lower speed and comfortable in my hands. Griots makes a less expensive model as well and Flex is top of the line...again IMO.
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How is that DA that harbor freight sell? Any good?
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How is that DA that harbor freight sell? Any good?
Not familiar with that one. I use a Meg's....tested a Griots...and the best I ever tried was the Flex. I like the way the Meg's feels in my hands...which don't under estimate the comfort above the quality of the machine. Weight, balance, hand position....all play a part IMO.
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http://www.harborfreight.com/6-varia...her-69924.html
This is the one I'm asking about. It looks like a great deal.
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I'm sure this question has been asked plenty of times, but I can't seem to find an exact answer. How do I get rid of these tiny little scratches that you can see in the sun, that are all over my paint? Exactly what product should I use? There are a lot of Meguiars products at my local Walmart, I'm just not sure which one would be perfect to solve the problem? Thanks!
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http://www.harborfreight.com/6-varia...her-69924.html
This is the one I'm asking about. It looks like a great deal.
Seems reasonable and price is quite low....I just never heard of them. If you get it, I would like to hear your thoughts on this machine.
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Haha me too dude, I would love to get my first one for that price!
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Just ordered it last night. I'll let you guys know what I think. I'll test it on the wife's car first ).
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I love all the input in this thread. I myself was thinking of finally putting an end to the micro marring on my black 2013 GTCS.

I bought some "quick detailer" that does exactly opposite of what is says it does ("Fills In Swirl Marks!". Nope!). Turtle wax, btw. My first problem.

What I'm thinking about doing is getting a can of Pinnacle's Carnauba paste wax whenever it's time to rewax (using a DA rotary) then going with Zaino for each wash after that. The starter kit is steep but it should last quite a while.

The local detailers (so they say) are too hasty and use crap towels. Now that I've got a car I actually care for, I think I'm done there haha. Anyway, what do you think of this set up?
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I guess I'm old school but cloth diapers are great for removing wax.
Unless you pay good money, you can't beat cloth diapers.
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I love all the input in this thread. I myself was thinking of finally putting an end to the micro marring on my black 2013 GTCS.

I bought some "quick detailer" that does exactly opposite of what is says it does ("Fills In Swirl Marks!". Nope!). Turtle wax, btw. My first problem.

What I'm thinking about doing is getting a can of Pinnacle's Carnauba paste wax whenever it's time to rewax (using a DA rotary) then going with Zaino for each wash after that. The starter kit is steep but it should last quite a while.

The local detailers (so they say) are too hasty and use crap towels. Now that I've got a car I actually care for, I think I'm done there haha. Anyway, what do you think of this set up?
If going with zaino products, they recommend using dawn dish soap to remove any previous products. A car restorer I know told me that, To make a paint job last, use polish only, wax builds up over time.
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If going with zaino products, they recommend using dawn dish soap to remove any previous products. A car restorer I know told me that, To make a paint job last, use polish only, wax builds up over time.
I've heard the dawn dish soap theory. So no clay bar required? I've always heard that that is the catch all for starting over with a wax job. Also, if you say polish only, what is left to protect the paint? Just a clear coat?
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I've heard the dawn dish soap theory. So no clay bar required? I've always heard that that is the catch all for starting over with a wax job. Also, if you say polish only, what is left to protect the paint? Just a clear coat?
Dawn, then clay bar. Polish has uv protectants in it also.
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Dawn, then clay bar. Polish has uv protectants in it also.
Ah, I see. What about beading and such? Like not only UV, but all weather?
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Ah, I see. What about beading and such? Like not only UV, but all weather?
Polish has all the benefits of wax, just not the build up that dulls over time.
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Use Dawn?? Opposite what i was told for years but if it works....
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Use Dawn?? Opposite what i was told for years but if it works....
Only to strip it, never as a regular wash. Any dish soap will break the clearcoat down if used to much.
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Polish has all the benefits of wax, just not the build up that dulls over time.
Alright! Well, you're definitely teaching me. So, same application process as wax? And what's YOUR go to brand?
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Alright! Well, you're definitely teaching me. So, same application process as wax? And what's YOUR go to brand?
I use zanio, its pricey but last years. A kit will do your car 30 times when done correctly. Zanio has a different formula for each step. Basically any polish will be better than wax. Go to a good parts store, ( not the chains, they'll look at you like your stupid ) and ask for car polish. Cloth baby diapers are some of the best towels you will ever find. Stay a way from any kind of towel that has a hemmed edge, that's what scratches.
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