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Thread: How to remove light scratches that are only visible at certain angles.

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    Default How to remove light scratches that are only visible at certain angles.

    Hey I'd like to remove said imperfections from my factory paint. Nothing deep and the paint still feels smooth it just doesn't look like glass and that what i want. The truck is a 2015 and has gm summit white Paint. The scratches/ swirls are only visible in sunlight at certain angles. What should or can be done to return the clear to glass?

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    The way to fix any imperfections in paint, IF you are sure it has enough paint on it, is to work backwards from the finest, or least aggressive method, to the coarser ones. When I paint a car, I want to perfect the finish. I start with 800 or 1000 grit wet sanding the car. Next I go to 1500, then 2000. I might even do a Trizac cut with 3000 on a DA. Next step is to use a compound with the proper pad (either firm foam, or wool). Next is a liquid polish ( like Meguire's #2, or 3m 205). Use a lambswool, or soft foam pad for that. Then comes a swirl remover or glaze (Meguires's # 9, or Race glaze, or 3M hand glaze) This can be done with a super soft foam pad, or by hand. Final step is a good, non-abrasive carnauba wax to protect the paint.
    So to fix your problem, if wax doesn't do it, try a swirl remover, if not, go to a liquid polish, and so on, until you are satisfied. Just be aware, the more aggressive you go, the more paint you are removing!

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