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post #1 of 8 Old 11-19-2018, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Black Rebel, how to fix tiny scratches?

Hi all, just wanted to ask your folks opinion on how to fix those tiny scratches that are so badly visible on my black bike?
Maybe there is a simple way of removing these tiny scratches without having abrasives involved? Or those scratches can be only polished off?
They do not really look like scratches, more like signs showing that someone tried rubbing the surface when there was dust/dirt on it...
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-19-2018, 09:07 AM
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If it's just scratching on the clear coat, you can usually polish it out with some rubbing compound.

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I have had really good luck with Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0. It's great for scuff marks and other blemishes. Plus it's really easy on the finish.

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If it's just scratching on the clear coat, you can usually polish it out with some rubbing compound.
Yes, they are just tiny scratches on the top coating. I just thought that I will research what my options are, and if there is no other way out, then I will have to polish them off...



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I have had really good luck with Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0. It's great for scuff marks and other blemishes. Plus it's really easy on the finish.
Thanks for the recommendation, I will check out this Meguiars solution.



Last night I tried looking for scratch and swirl removers and found several options. That's one of them (by Cycle Care), but there is a dozen on Amazon. I do not give a clue on how it works though. Maybe you happen to know if swirl removers are something like polishes or waxes? They do not seem to explain the way these removers work. I just wanted to see, if there is a way to fill in the scratches instead of polishing them off.
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They grind off a little of the clearcoat to even it up. That's why you have to be careful with them. You can't just keep using them over and over. Take out the swirls and then make sure to wax it properly with a soft cloth to prevent future swirling.

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NuFinish, Turtlewax, Scratch X, lots of clear coat 'filler wax' type products that claim to fill the microfine scratches in clear coat so you can't see them.
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IMHO, Meguiars make the best stuff for any paint problem. What I do is wash it very well first. You do not want to rub dirt into the clearcoat any more than it already is. Use one of their paint cleaner/compound products to get all the build up off the paint. You would be surprised what is there that you don't even notice. I use the Gold Class 3 step process. Then use the polish to get the surface ready for waxing. You will now see that all the removable scratches and swirls will be gone. Then wax it a few times. That stuff is like magic. Like anything else in life, follow the instructions and all will be well. You get what you pay for and it's money well spent. I hope this helps!

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That is one of the reasons I don't like clearcoat. It is very soft and easily scratched. Honda Spray Polish and Cleaner will help, but I have been hearing about some kind of new miracle product called F11 that is supposed to completely eliminate those scratches. It has to be reapplied every so often. My guess is that it probably just fills the scratches in. Notice how they seem to disappear when the paint is wet, and come back when it dries? The water fills the scratches in.
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