Scratches on the paintwork!

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:13
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Hi all,

Well, I have had my 105 series for a few weeks now and have been getting down and dirty and putting it through it's paces. Besides getting bogged a few times (thank God for the Maxtraxx!) it is a beast and is in it's element when offroad. Suffice to say it currently looks nothing like the profile pic below! When I bought it the paintwork was immaculate but I knew that wouldn't last. I didn't buy it for the pretty paintjob and just accepted that it was going to get scratched but have pushed it through some pretty tight coastal tracks and the side doors especially have hundreds of fine scratches along them. Do these polish out fairly easily? How does everyone else maintain their vehicles when it comes to scratches?

Thanks!
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Reply By: Member - gujimbo - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 12:00

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 12:00
Hi Cruiser74

I obtained some magentic vinyl material (similar to what is used for fridge magnets) at about .6mm thick in roll form i cut this to suit my doors and parts of the bonnet, works great.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:43

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:43
Hi Gujimbo,

That's a great idea! Will throw some in the cruiser ready for next time! Thanks mate
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 12:20

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 12:20
Cruiser
I used the product AUTOSKIN on my ute for our trip up the Canning last year,
it was suggested via Mick O from here.
The product saved me a paint job so I can't complain at all, but be warned do not put on the bonnet as it will bake itself on and is a real pain to get off.
If you want try some mm me as I have heaps left and the details are on the bottle.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 13:04

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 13:04
there's a bloke over your way who is a member of the newhilux site does a great looking job of polishing out those scratches, you can find some photos here get rid of scratches
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Reply By: get outmore - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 13:22

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 13:22
I cut and polished my wagon a few times - it helps but most dont fully come out

I gave up along time ago the whole wagon is abaslutly scratched to the craphouse - nothing short of a respray would make a meaningfull difference
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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 14:21

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 14:21
As Flighty has suggested above, a couple of coats of a PVA based duco protectant like Scratch-Pro or Autoskin is worth the effort. Really looks after the paint job in the roughest conditions. I always apply a couple of coats before heading out on an expedition.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:48

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:48
Thanks Mick,

Great advice at a good time! Dread to think what the paint would look like in 12 months the way I'm going without doing something! Cheers

Craig
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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 16:41

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 16:41
We've used toothpaste. Doesn't get rid of all the scratches but does reduce them. Besides the vehicle smells good. :)

Di
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 16:57

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 16:57
... and reduces the risk of decay as well I should imagine.

I have used toothpase for years to polish up jewellery, and it works very well for that.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:57

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:57
Toothpaste is harsh on jewelry particularly 18k or 24k gold.
Try using Kemdex or similar denture cleaning tablets, or better still, an ultrasonic cleaner.
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 00:13

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 00:13
Bush pinstriping - wear it with pride!
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Reply By: GT Campers - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 08:09

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 08:09
hahaha! Buy a white one then you can't see the scratches!

A good buff from a car detailer will help - but it gets expensive after a while and eventually the paint will wear through. yes you may be able to do it DIY but it really is a specialist task
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Reply By: Member - Grant- Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 08:57

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 08:57
Hello Cruiser74.

If you buy Meguiars polish, first bottle is called step 2, second bottle is called Wet Look. Make sure your car is clean, there is no dust on the surface, grab 2 cloths made from a fine material, and use some elbow grease. Use step 2 first, remove it, then use the wet look. Any surface scratches will be removed, and the paintwork will look like new. You may have to get stuck into the bigger scratches with step 2.
I do this about every 2 to 3 months and the 12 year old paint work looks like it was sprayed yesterday.
At $30 a bottle it's not cheap however but they'll last about 2 years. This polish is available at most auto parts stores. My car is a dark blue and was covered in scratches when I bought it. I spent a day removing them and it came up perfect. I spent 18 years spraying 2 pack polyurethane which is what your car is sprayed in, so have some back ground knowledge.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:52

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 20:52
Hi Grant,

Thanks heaps for the well informed advice. I will definitely be getting myself some of the Meguiars to undo the bit of damage that's already done. Fortunately there are no real deep scratches yet so by the sounds of it this should work well. In future I think I will use a combo of the Autoskin suggested on here and the magnet protecters for the really scratchy stuff to prevent any further damage.

Thanks again!
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