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post #1 of 16 Old 03-27-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Improvements to paint finish

So this isn't necessarily a specific ZJ question, but could apply to any vehicle I suppose. But....my ZJ has a few door dings (no dent) but the other car traded paint onto my door in a few spots.

Anyone have a suggestion of a good product/procedure that worked well for them?


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post #2 of 16 Old 03-28-2013, 11:22 AM
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Clay bar

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Or get any rubbing compound to polish the other paint off.
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A clay bar will only remove debris on the paint that washing wont. your best bet is to get a variable speed angle grinder with a mild pad, where i work i use black or darker blue with mothers #2 i believe and it should make it better.
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Rub it with a tree or some rocks and you wont notice it

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If they didn't take clear coat off I've found Clay does the job.
If they did, some meguiars Polish does the trick.

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A clay bar will only remove debris on the paint that washing wont. your best bet is to get a variable speed angle grinder with a mild pad, where i work i use black or darker blue with mothers #2 i believe and it should make it better.
for what its worth that is not true. clay bars will remove some paint transfer from other surafces in some cases.
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-28-2013, 07:51 PM
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For some reason ppl will always door the nicest looking vehicle out there and be careful while beside the ****tiest looking turd out there lol. I never get door dings on my jeep but always get them on my 2008 dodge caliber go figure.
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post #9 of 16 Old 03-28-2013, 08:18 PM
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A clay bar will only remove debris on the paint that washing wont. your best bet is to get a variable speed angle grinder with a mild pad, where i work i use black or darker blue with mothers #2 i believe and it should make it better.
would never touch my paint with an angle grinder!! If its just a small paint transfer just do it by hand
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No no there is special fittings you use with a foam pad.
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ya, those aren't angle grinders... angle grinders on their slowest speed are usually pretty close to polishers at their highest speed. People burn their paint even with rotary polishers so an angle grinder would murder their paint

and the first one listed was a random orbital polisher
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I've had good results with either a clay bar or compound as noted above. Make sure to do a good waxing after as both will strip the current wax layer off.

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Yea I know I polish cars for a living I was using layman's terms lol. If you can dial in the speed on the angle grinder to around two thousand rpm's with the proper compound it will work you just need the foam pad and the mount for it.
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Yea I know I polish cars for a living I was using layman's terms lol. If you can dial in the speed on the angle grinder to around two thousand rpm's with the proper compound it will work you just need the foam pad and the mount for it.
never heard anyone refer to a polisher as an angle grinder.
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