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Re: Good compound to take out scratches with? (archive)

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Posted by Paul E on June 26, 2000 at 08:34:35:

In Reply to: Re: Good compound to take out scratches with? posted by BMWC2 on June 26, 2000 at 02:12:09:

: After washing car, try Zymol HD Cleanse or Zymol Cleaner-Wax (avail. from Kragens or mail order ads). I found that both will remove surface or clear coat scratches and swirls with a cotton cloth cover applicator and some moderate hand pressure. The cleaner-wax is less work than HD Cleanse because it also leaves a protective carnuba wax when you are done. The HD Cleanse does not leave any protective wax and you must apply a coat of wax after using the Cleanse. Both procedures are safe as long as the car is clean of dirt and dust.

: For deeper scratches to the paint coating, try GS-27 rubbing compound (available from Pep Boys or Kragens). Use a cotton cover applicator and moderate to heavier finger pressure. If necessary, apply some new paint from a matching color stick (available from your BMW dealer) into the scratch and let set overnight before using the GS-27. I've successfully repaired deep scratches and 1/4" size diameter chipped out areas of my paint by using this procedure. Leaves a very polished finish that blends and matches to the paint and clearcoat gloss. This a very safe procedure as long as the repair area is first cleaned of any dirt and dust.

: : My '95 M3 and '95 J30 have surfaces scratches that I have been trying to get rid of. I bought a bottle of the 3M Perfect-It II Rubbing Compound (Fine Cut) and it seems to take out the smaller scratches. According to the bottle, it'll remove 1200 grade scratches. Does anyone know of another compound I could try to take out deeper scratches (that's also safe)?

: : Thanks,

: : Dat
: : '95 M3a

I've found anything calling itself 'Rubbing Compound' to be problematic for like new BMW finishes.....It may get the offending scratch out, but in the process, it invariably leaves smaller, very fine, scratches of its own, which then must be buffed out.

That's why I like the 3m CLEANER WAX FOR MODERATE OXIDATION so much....Applied with body weight leaned on it in slow long back and forth strokes will get rid of the moderately deep scratch, without leaving scratches of its own...

I've had scratches which HD Cleanse, or any of the others, wouldnt touch. Yet, the Moderate Strengthy 3M Cleaner wax, would completely take it out, with hand application, without requiring any additional product.

Try it....you wont go wrong.


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