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      01-03-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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I scratched my clear coat really bad! HELP!

I had set two large cardboard boxes down on my trunk, their was no metal staples or anything else on the outside of the boxes just cardboard so I didn't think it would scratch my paint. I scooted the boxes over, and when I lifted them up there was a 10'' long, and 1'' wide streak marks in my clear coat it looks horrible, what can I do, what products do you recommend for clear coat repair?
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I had set two large cardboard boxes down on my trunk, their was no metal staples or anything else on the outside of the boxes just cardboard so I didn't think it would scratch my paint. I scooted the boxes over, and when I lifted them up there was a 10'' long, and 1'' wide streak marks in my clear coat it looks horrible, what can I do, what products do you recommend for clear coat repair?
Could you catch the scratch with your fingernail???? Post a few pics so we can help you assess the damage and in-turn give you better advice on what to do.
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Could you catch the scratch with your fingernail???? Post a few pics so we can help you assess the damage and in-turn give you better advice on what to do.
This.

If you CANT feel the scratch with your fingernail, then you should be able to polish it out. If you can, then you're SOL unfortunately
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Sounds like something a good intensive polish and a cutting pad can take care of, with cardboard I doubt it went through the clearcoat.
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Sounds like something a good intensive polish and a cutting pad can take care of, with cardboard I doubt it went through the clearcoat.
What specific brand/product would you recommend, and whats a cutting pad?
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meguiars 105 with an Adams green pad, then follow up with meguiars 205 with Adams orange or white pad should do the trick with a random orbital buffer.
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^^^What he said, I use menzerna but meguiars is great stuff. Good luck man. If you do not have the stuff I am sure there is someone in your area with everything you need. If you want to get into detailing it is always nice to have the stuff around and plenty of people on this forum have good experience with it.
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And remember that even a microfiber towel is capable of scratching your clear coat. So I would suggest not setting anything on your car again.
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^agree. the less your paint gets touched, the less chance to scratch it. I try my absolute hardest to not put anything on my paint
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If you don't have the right equipment, have a professional do it. And not some local hack either. Sounds like a cardboard box would not cause irrepairable damage, so just take a deep breath and know that some compounding will take care of it.
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