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Removing some light scratches on a Toyota Corolla

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Flexin, Jul 22, 2013.

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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    My wife and I bought a 2010 Toyota Corolla. It had some scratches and she wanted them removed. I wanted them removed as well because I see them every time I park beside it.

    I removed them using a Porter Cable polisher and Meguiars dual action polish. There are some scratches that I could have removed but going more aggressive but I decided not to. One I didn't want to spend the extra time today because I am wore out. Two, I feel you only have to go as aggressive as needed. What is left isn't too bad and it isn't all that noticeable. If I look at them later and they start to bother me then I can do more work on just those areas.

    After the scratches were out I waxed it with Meguiars Gold Class.

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    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

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    I do know that light scratching comes out with polishing, but I don't have any polishing equipment, so I can't do it on my own. You have that sort of equipment or someone borrowed it to you?
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I own it. I use to own a detail shop. The machine I used can be bought for about?$99 or so now.

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    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

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    I had this friend that knew a lot about cars and he was always saying that most people like to spend money with mechanics that why don't we do it ourselves, but it's not so simple...
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Sometimes it is. We a little knowledge, the proper tools and the guts to attempt it a lot can be done. I took a night course on engine rebuilding and one thing the instructor said is, "it goes on in the opposite order that it came off."

    As for the scratches. I used a Porter Cable dual action polisher.

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    I also own a rotary buffer. With the buffer you can do more damage. Some say that to damage the paint with the dual action polisher like the Porter cable, you would have to throw it at the car. :roflmao:

    James
     
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    The PC is a good machine. My old man bought one and I know other guys who swear by them as well.
     
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    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

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    Sometimes it is easy, but you need to have the tools and the knowledge, I guess all can be learned. This friend made my first Corsa unique, I had a problem with the radiator fan, it wouldn't go on for some reason, so I made a direct connection and installed a light switch near the wheel and when I saw the car heating up I just turned it on, it was a success! :D
     
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