Bush scratches

Submitted: Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 12:39
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Hi,

Been doing some bush driving down the blackwood. Have lots of scratches. Is there anyway of removing them apart from polishing.

I will polish the car when I sell it in about 6 years

Craig
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Reply By: Matty9111 - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 13:02

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 13:02
I went down to The Otway National Park a few weeks ago, I put heaps of scratches down the sides of my car too, not fun. Only way to do it I know of is polishing (buffing) it. Professional Hand Car Washes can buff it for you, they usually yield good results, but prices will vary from about $120-$150. So sorry but I don't think there is a way other than buffing your paint to fix the problem.

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Follow Up By: SA_Patrol - Saturday, Jan 06, 2007 at 08:34

Saturday, Jan 06, 2007 at 08:34
Hi Matty,
I've just come back from the Otways and only managed to find 2 great challenging tracks in the short time we were there. Do you care to share some great tracks for us to try next we go there. The Deppeler Track and the end of the Oregon track ( Elephants Playground ) we found the best place to get bogged at
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 13:07

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 13:07
I think the short answer is; no.

I decided not to polish the scratches out of mine until I came to sell it (as it's getting old now I'll probably end up giving it to No 2 son anyway) because each polish (especially if it's course) removes some paint and as I seem to scratch it regularly I figured frequent hard polishing (generally in the same area) would probably not be a good thing. My vehicle is white and you have to look closely to see the scratches and, frankly, I don't really care :)

Mike harding
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Follow Up By: marcus - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 14:51

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 14:51
Metallic paint and the bush are fairly incompatible as far as scratching is concerned.I have learnt my lesson and will get white next time round.
Cheers Mark
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:21

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:21
Second that Marcus, metallic paint on a 4WD and tight overgrown tracks= Much Pain and Displeasure for owner of said 4WD, But much enjoyment for passengers.
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Reply By: donks1 - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:00

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:00
not the urban tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Noooooooooooo

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Reply By: Dave198 - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:01

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:01
Craig, sometimes a lot of the marks are not much more than sap or superficial marks.
My method is, if they wash off with a little bit of detergent and elbow grease, great.
If not, then they stay there.
Unfortunately, in my opinion some of the japanese cars seem to go through the paintshop at a bit above the speed limit, and the paints a bit thin .
So, I will leave the cut and polish until it's time to sell it.
Dave
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Reply By: Exploder - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:25

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 15:25
In 6 years the paint will be very tyred if it hasn’t been looked after.

I polish my cars every 6 months with a good quality cream Polish and wash every 2 weeks for normal use.

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Follow Up By: Dave198 - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 22:32

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 22:32
I should have said that I use a cream polish every now and again, but not the harsh cutting polish.
Can't admit to every 6 months though, but it is good to do that. Stops the roadgrime from embedding itself into the paintwork.
Out here in the red dust country, I make sure I wash the car and get all the red dust off as soon as I can.
It soon engrains itself into the paint and it's bloody hard to get off if you leave it for a while, especially if it gets wet a few times before you wash it.
Just look under the bonnet of a vehicle that has spent some time in the bush.
Red stains everywhere.
I will guarantee the trade in price will be a lot lower if there are red stains everywhere underneath.
Dave
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 16:43

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 16:43
Badge of honour.....don't touch them :-)
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 18:00

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 18:00
You will probably need a heavy duty cut and polish cream or better still get a crash repair shop to buff it for you.
Next time you go bush bashing take the precaution I do go down to the local car wash and wax the vehicle over dirt and all then when you come home hand wash the vehicle with a soft cloth (old towells are good) this usually brings the scratches up.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 21:59

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 21:59
Buggar of a thing is the old bush pinstriping.
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Reply By: ev700 - Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 23:47

Friday, Jan 05, 2007 at 23:47
Relative has lost a lot of personal mobility of late and was bemoaning the fact that although he has owned a succession of 4X4s over the years he has never been on the beach or in the bush. In hindsight he would have loved to get to fraser etc. Always worried about damage.

Having listened to his recriminations I am less worried about a few scratches and rust. Of course there is a difference between having some blemishes and knocking a truck around.

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