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I have a few scratches, usually 1-2 inches in length, on my fenders from various misadventures in the woods. Probably 90% of them buffed out with some Meguiar's ScratchX 2.0, but i have a couple left that aren't buffing out. I can feel the scratch in the clearcoat with my fingernail, so I know they're deeper than surface.

Should I lightly sand them and reclearcoat? Or is there a better procedure?
 

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I'd use something stronger than Scratch-X. In the detailing world, Scratch-X is pretty weak.

Were you applying by hand or do you have a nice dual-action polisher?

The strategy to this is doing the least amount possible. But I'd certainly use a high cut foam pad with a Dual action polisher on its highest setting with a compound like Meguiars M105 (or stronger). Then you'll need to polish the paint with a polishing pad and a product like Meguiars M205.

May not work if you're feeling it with your nail, but it takes a ton of experience and expertise to sand it away. But even sanding, you'd wet sand, then compound, and then polish - you wouldn't re-clear coat anything.
 
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WOULDN'T YA KNOW...I was just finishing up my truck last night and grabbed a freshly washed microfiber towel and began polishing the hood. Something as hard as concrete was embedded on towel and put some deep scratches in the top coat. I had to stop immediately and grab the Torq 10FX buffer, an orange pad and V34 buffer compound from Chemical Guys. A few moments later after using CG's M Sealer everything came out pretty good. I have no before pics but the one below is the final pic of the hood.

Do yourself a favor and don't use that cheap crap from the auto parts store. If you want to detail your truck properly, it's sometimes a 5 or 6 step process depending on how bad your paint is. Look closely at your paint job after using Mcguires or Turtle Wax and you'll definitely see swirls in your topcoat. This is called micro marring and can easily be removed, but it's not a one step and done method - Believe me!

The pic of my truck below was the result of the following:

TORQ 10FX rotary buffer
Steps
1. Power wash truck and use super soaker
2. Clay bar to remove contaminates
3 Rotary Buff with V36 buffing compound and Orange pad
4. Rotary buff with V38 Finishing polish and White pad
5. M Seal with hand applicator
6 Rotary buff black pad and black wax
7 Hypbrid V7 to lock in shine and upkeep after washing


Scratch as best as I can pick it up


Still looks good after original detail (no micro marring)


After original detail
 

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As stated above, forget the cheap products route, forget cheap towels, etc. Go onto amazon or any site and buy some better products. You don't have to spend a fortune, most of the items you'll need are reasonably priced. Chemical guys is a great company, easy to understand product layout, and most everything I've used from them stays in my arsenal. There are better products out there, yes, but as a blanket statement, Chemical Guys is great.

You could spend $500 at a body shop to fix it, or you could spend $100 on detailing chemicals that will work out better all around. Good luck!
 
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