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Old 03-20-2014, 03:11 PM
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Exclamation Oh **** I need some help and advice in scratch repair

So I ****ed my paint on my past two Offroading trips, i have massive pin stripes everywhere

Most of them don't catch my finger nail so I know there not that deep. A few of them do.

These scratches are noticeable and I have a silver truck lol

So anyway this is the first new truck I got and the first car I would even think about buffing. So I don't really know where to start.

Should i just take it to a detailer and have them work on it? It would probably cost 400-500 right?

I was thinking of just getting a buffer and doing it myself

But then I have a list of questions

Wash first, clay bar?
What buffer/buffer pads?
What compounds would I use with the buffer?
What do I do after I buff the whole truck? Wash it again? Apply wax?

As you can see I'm new to extreme paint care.

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Old 03-20-2014, 03:36 PM
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If it was me I would take it to a detailer. If you never done it before you dont want to experiment with a machine on your new paint. You could burn through the paint.
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If it was me I would take it to a detailer. If you never done it before you dont want to experiment with a machine on your new paint. You could burn through the paint.
Yeah I don't want to make it worse than it is, even though it's pretty bad right now haha. Idk if I trust myself enough to do it myself
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you can definitely do it yourself.

check out my step by step guide here.

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=147289
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^^^Please take primo's advice^^^

When I first got my new Ram, I knew nothing of proper paint care. Then I joined the Z and found primo's excellent tutorials. Don't get me wrong, all of the processes & products used really do seem overwhelming at first. But, when you feel overwhelmed, just relax & read his steps again-Slowly. Sure, there are a number of steps required to do the job right, but each is pretty straight-forward and are actually enjoyable if you care about your trucks appearance.

Once you learn how to properly care for the truck, your chances of instilling harmful swirls or other damage is greatly diminished.

So please give primo's methods a try. Each step may require a little practice on your part as a beginner, but his advice takes most all of the trial & error out of the process.
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im a bodyman so I can help to a point. depending on how deep they are they may need sanded and repainted. best thing to do if you are comfortable is take 1500 or 2000grit wet or dry sandpaper. get a flat soft sanding block 1/2thick and wet it down a little and gently sand a small area.keeping it wet during sanding. once you have sanded for a while use a buffing compound pad and a good buffing compound and polish that spot and see if it comes out. if it is still there they will most likely need taken to a body shop. DO NOT RUB REALLY HARD AS YOU WILL BURN THROUGH THE CLEAR COAT AND IT ILL DEF NEED REPAINTED. you will be amazed as to what can be removed with this process.
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thanks for all the advice guys! I'm definitely going to read that guide but first i'm going to take it to my detailer to see what he'll charge. If its ridiculous, i'll be doing it myself
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Detailing will take a bunch of them out, also you can buy paint match pens, they work better for rock chips but I have used them for scratches before and they work fine. Best part is if you are nervous you can just wipe it away in the first few minutes!
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