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Old 11-28-04, 08:20 AM
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I recently got berry dropings on my 2001 Volvo. It must be treated with clearcoat. It set for a couple of days and then I tried to get it off with bug and tar remover. It worked, however there appeared to be alittle left. I bought some polishing compound and put it on with a sponge. Now in certain light, I see scratches from the sponge and compound. Can I use anything easy on the paint to remove these light scratches? I tried normal wax-no good.
 
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Old 11-28-04, 03:16 PM
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I think you want something to smooth out scratches in the clearcoat
Or did it actually scratch through the clearcoat down into the paint?
Either way wax won't help

You may be able to polish the clearcoat a little more
There are different "levels" or "steps" to polishing
Some can ruin your finish if you are not careful
Most need to be applied properly and in the proper order
This is very important to know before you continue
What did you use for polishing compound?
 
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Old 11-28-04, 03:56 PM
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I used the NO#7 clearcoat polishing compound. The sponge was probably too abrasive. It did not scratch the actual paint.
 
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Old 11-28-04, 06:51 PM
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Hmmm that's really not too abrasive
It's more like a heavy duty pre-wax cleaner
The scratches may be from the berries or the applicator
It's hard to say w/o actually seeing it, but I'd try the same product again
Only this time use a 100% cotton applicator, even the thread cotton if poss.
Buff it well, by hand, and see if that helps
I would resist the urge to use a machine on it for now

If it "helps" but you still have scratches that are too deep for the polish to help, there is #7 rubbing compound
It is more abrasive (thus riskier) and I wouldn't suggest it unless your sure the polish won't cut it
 
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Old 11-28-04, 06:57 PM
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Oh yeah, if you do use rubbing compound, follow it up with polishing compound
Then you might want to use a 3-step on the whole car
Mequires or Mothers cleaner, polish, wax system
Works better, lasts longer, and with a good wax stuff like that is easier to get rid of and does less damage
 
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Old 11-28-04, 07:11 PM
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Thank you, I will try yo use a cotton ball with the #7 polishing compound again. Does it matter that the hood and trunk on the volvo is aluminum? The marks are on the hood.
 
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Old 11-28-04, 07:41 PM
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Nope
It's the clear coat we are concerned with
A terry cloth or t-shirt may be better
If it has synthetic thread try and keep that part away from the finish
 
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