Buff out scratches?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by brandonmccann, May 10, 2013.

  1. brandonmccann

    brandonmccann Adventurer

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    SO at the end of last month I realized that someone had keyed my bike on the gas tank. I didn't notice it earlier because of the shape of the gas tank. Anyways, I was wondering how I might could go about fixing it?
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  2. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    It depends on how deep the scratch is. I would try the least aggressive method first and see how that works. Try an off the shelf polishing compound by Meguiars and hand rub it to see if it helps. If that doesn't work, you can get a little more aggressive. However, if you're not familiar with paint restoration, you might be better off leaving to a professional.

    http://www.meguiars.com

    They have some how-to stuff on their site as well as a "product advisor".
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  3. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Can you feel the scratch with your fingernail? If so you really cannot buff them out. Best choice is to take it to a body shop or auto paint store and ask them for suggestions as they can actually look at it.
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  4. brandonmccann

    brandonmccann Adventurer

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    No real body shops here.

    It's deep enough to be seen at any angle but It's not deep enough to feel the transition. It's also not a straight line so that might be a factor as well. It looks as if someone stood next to my bike, looked around, and tried to scratch in about 3 circular motions. The 3rd being a failed attempt, because it barely starts anywhere.

    But I'll check out meguirs and see where that gets meh.
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  5. MagyarMan

    MagyarMan Been here awhile

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    Try some "white" compound ,not the red stuff. then wax.
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  6. Bo_9

    Bo_9 Been here awhile

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    3M Handglaze available at most auto parts stores usually does the trick for be on scratches you can see but not feel. May have to apply it a few times.

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  7. brandonmccann

    brandonmccann Adventurer

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    Ah! I'll check out some of the local places. All that's here is wal mart, NAPA, O reilleys, and Autozone, though.
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  8. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    Are you sure?? I found some scratches on the top of my gas tank, not far from the seat, each about 2-3 inches long. I thought maybe someone tried sitting on my bike and scratched it with a shoe or something. Man was I pissed that someone would do that. Then after another week or two, I saw some more. Turns out it was me:lol3 , or more specifically, a zipper pull on a new jacket that was way oversized.
    Anyhow, some medium strength rubbing compound got most of the scratches out.
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  9. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    you live in a place where there's no cars? there are body shops everywhere.
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  10. brandonmccann

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    Yeah, I had thought it could have been me. But the place it is at is farther up than my knee can reach, and the only thing that could scratch it would be the zippers on my pants. Only problem with that, though, is they are on the other side of my leg...
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