Can anything save this?

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  1. e r y k

    e r y k New Member

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    warning... pictures below may cause you professional detailers to barf!

    hello,

    detailing newb here... i got this car last year with these marks on them... i never gave it a whole detail before. just wash, the occasional polish, but i always wax it after.

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    in the first picture, those scratches are found over various locations of the car... ive read the FAQ but im still not sure the exact steps i should take.

    in the second picture, my hood seems to have these white STD paint cracks in them... i know theres no exact way to fully cure this and restore without a paintjob, but i did notice that after waxing, the obviousness of the cracks decreased. is there anything else i can do?

    in the last picture, i have some oxidation going on on my front bumper... just like before, after some meguiars polish and wax, the obviousness of the oxidation goes away... but its never permanent

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    im thinking i would be better off with an orbital thing because i cant tackle this perfectly with my hands. am i correct?

    thanks
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    The cracks cannot be fixed without a respray but the scratches can be made to look a lot less noticable with proper polishing.

    Yes, better off with an orbital like the PC. I'd suggest Optimum Compound and a cutting pad to start, then Meguiars #80 Speed Glaze with a polishing pad. Normally I'd go with Optimum Polish instead of #80 but you are going to need the light filling properties of #80 to help fill the scratches you can't completely remove.
     
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    it seems like this optimum stuff is only available online?

    also, after the compound and meguiars 80, would you recommend a klasse to seal it all off?
     
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    There are a few local Optimum distributors but not many.

    I'd go with a carnauba instead due to more filling potential. Since you can't make the paint look perfect with polishing, using products that fill a bit will make a noticable improvement. Sealants like Klasse tend to accentuate defects not hide them.
     
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    also, before ANY of this, would it be a good idea to claybar the car?

    is meguiars 80 easily found at auto stores?
     

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