Scratch Remover


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Scratch Remover

Postby rbrew17 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:09 pm



I have several smudges on my 1800 Goldwing and i wonder what is the best way to get rid of them. They are not scratches but close to it.



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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby cihilb » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:15 pm

Try "Kit" scratch out. Very mild polishing compound. Clear coat safe.

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:35 pm

you could also use DuPont polishing compound, its also a very mild compound, safe for plastics and clear coats.

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:14 am

Been a long time but, used to get a scratch filler from a local body shop. Can't even remember the name but, I bet any good body shop can fix you up.
Filler, being the key word. It did not remove any clear coat or paint, it "filled" in the "scratches" from improper cleaning/polishing/waxing methods!
BTW, micro fiber towels are about the worst thing you can use on paint/clear coat. It traps dirt particles and becomes a piece of "Sand paper" over time!

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:28 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:Been a long time but, used to get a scratch filler from a local body shop. Can't even remember the name but, I bet any good body shop can fix you up.
Filler, being the key word. It did not remove any clear coat or paint, it "filled" in the "scratches" from improper cleaning/polishing/waxing methods!
BTW, micro fiber towels are about the worst thing you can use on paint/clear coat. It traps dirt particles and becomes a piece of "Sand paper" over time!


true about the micro fiber towels, best using soft terry cloth. polishing compound is good for removing paint over spray, light paint transfer on bumpers and other body panels. I used some polishing compound once to clean off a vehicle that had a fresh paint job on it. a home owner was spray painting his house and the over spray got all over his neighbors car and he didn't know how to go about cleaning it and thought he was going to have to have his neighbors car completely repainted again until I suggested using polishing compound, so we went to an auto parts store, bought a few cans of it and i went to work on the car and it got every bit of it off. well to show his appreciation to me he took me out for a lobster dinner and it was delicious. this was a long time ago and was up in cape cod MA. your best bet is using the polishing compound to remove the "smudges" on your bike. don't rub too hard, let the compound do the work. you'll probably have to wax it after your done compounding it.

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby rbrew17 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:12 am

thank u very much guys i will try the polishing compound

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:18 am

rbrew17 wrote:thank u very much guys i will try the polishing compound


that's great. keep us posted to how it turns out. just remember, don't rub it too hard, let the compound do the work.

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby rbrew17 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:38 am

will do Stuart thanks again

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:57 am

rbrew17 wrote:will do Stuart thanks again


your welcome.

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby Ghostman » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:11 am

With the 1800s clear coat as soft as it is I wouldnt use polishing compound. On my trike I use Meguiars crystal polish for issues like this and it does the job nicely. Its a fine polishing compound and if you feel you need it you can even use it before waxing the bike.

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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby PastoT » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:51 pm

+1 for the McGuiar's. I used all three parts of the kit the first time and only the last two after that, the Crystal Finish is nice.
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Re: Scratch Remover

Postby 52wingnut » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:37 pm

Well this is going to sound crazy and no I haven't tried it on clear coat but...toothpaste works for removing paint transfers when you "bump" something too hard with your color matched bumper. I would test it first on a unobtrusive patch before going whole hog on a fender, bag or mirror scratch.


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