Have you ever parked your vehicle in a public parking lot and come back from your outing to find a scratch inflicted to your vehicle from someone else? The easy answer is yes and most people have experienced this over their driving careers.
Even more troubling is when you go out of your way and park in what you assume is a "low-traffic area" of the parking lot and still receive a third-party scratch and/or door ding.
Depth level of a scratch is a big factor in determining if it can be high-speed buffed out. Typically, if the scratch isn't deeper than the length of a normal finger nail it should be buff-able. Secondly, if the scratch appears in an area where the paint is on plastic, this can't be buffed as the high speeds of the pad can melt the portion of the plastic being buffed.
The adjacent picture is of a Makita high-speed buffer and pads. (Our accredited auto-detailing location, JREK Autocare uses this specific equipment for their buffing and polishing services.)
Depending on your hands-on experience, tackling scratch removal on a DYI level can be completed. You'll need a high-speed buffer, pads (wool - higher clear coat cut in and/or more conservative foam pad) and compound (lubrication to assist in the correction process) to complete.
All required buffing products are available in our on-line store. Remember that scratch removal via high-speed buffing involves heating the specific area of the vehicle paint via high revolutions of the buffing pad to fill in the scratch.
This is a skill developed over numerous hours of practice, burning your paint can happen without the proper knowledge base.
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