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Hey guys, just got my 2006 a few weeks ago and I'm ready to get her all cleaned up. She's in great shape except for a few spots on the panels and some scratches on the hood and tailgate--also something strange with the wheels (see picture). I'm hoping y'all can give me some good suggestions and product recommendations (wax, sealant, interior protectant) All I have right now is Meguiars NXT wash and Meguiars rubbing and polishing compounds. How should I handle these scratches? I've done some research and it seems that A303 or Poorboys Trim Restorer should work on the panels. As for the wheels I havent a clue... Thanks in advance!

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For the panel, try some Mother's Back to Black.

For the wheel, you're kinda stuck with it unless you want to strip the clear coat off.

For the scratch, try rubbing compound on a rag, using your fingertip.
 

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I can vouch for the Mother's Back to Black. That stuff works great and lasts longer than anything else Ive tried over the years.
 

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I can vouch for the Mother's Back to Black. That stuff works great and lasts longer than anything else Ive tried over the years.

Am I missing something? Does back to black come in Blue ? :grin:


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Am I missing something? Does back to black come in Blue ? :grin:

Dom
Mr. D...

It's actually milky white...! Reminds me of shampoo...! Mmmm... Yummy...! :razz:

LBD

PS: Oops, sorry sEc... Best advice..? PM Chief (aka Darth Raider) and ask him to comment or check out Autopia.com... Some of the folks here reference that website for solutions...
 

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For the panel : Use the aerospace 303
For the scratch : Do not use RUBBING COMPOUND , it will BURN the paint , use the polishing creme instead or even a paste wax !
For the wheel : Try the same polishing creme , takes out most of the brake dust and adds a little protection , till next time .

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For the panel : Use the aerospace 303
For the scratch : Do not use RUBBING COMPOUND , it will BURN the paint , use the polishing creme instead or even a paste wax !
For the wheel : Try the same polishing creme , takes out most of the brake dust and adds a little protection , till next time .

RUBY
I beg to differ. I'm not trying to start a pi$$ing match, but I know what I'm talking about especially with the paint issue. Rubbing compound will NOT burn the paint especially used on a rag and with your fingertip. Rubbing compound is made to blend imperfections. There are several compounds, similiar to fine, medium and course. Start with the fine to see if it works, if not, try the medium. From the looks of the pics, I think the fine should work. Once it's used, then go back over it with a few applications of a good quality wax.

Did you look at the pics of the wheels? The clear coat is damaged and it's starting to oxidize beneath the clear. Wax will not fix this problem.

Dom, LBD is right. Back to Black is a white milky protectant that's basically like a thick Armor All. Once applied, it dries clear. I've been happy with it so far, my 2010 doesn't have any fading issues yet, but it definately made the plastic look shiny and new.
 

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I've used rubbing compound for scratches on my clearcoat and because of its abraisive nature it can remove a scratch but it also removes some of the clearcoat as well - resulting in a dull area. This dull area is simply many tiny scratches that usually can be polished back out. The key is to rub the dull area with something less abraisive and buff. First, I used rubbing compound to get the scratch out but left the dull area. Next, I used polishing compound which is less abraisive to rub over the dull area. I'd buff it off and the dull area started to get a bit more shine to it. Next, I used scratch/swirl remover which was even less abraisive and the dull area was pretty much gone. Then wax and buffed until it was shiny again. I just used cheap old school products and did it by hand (no buffer) and it worked well. I'm sure someone may have a better method but I had this stuff in the garage already :)

I also like Back to Black for the plastic...
 

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thanks for all the suggestions guys! i'm gonna try the compound/polish/scratch remover/wax method. there's only like 3 or 4 scratches so it should be fine. that sucks about the wheels, i guess i'll just have to live with that :/
 

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Keep us posted buddy...! The suggestions looks good and if you do use any new or advanced products out there, let us know how they worked... Now that you've got the "before" pics, we'll look forward to the "after" ones...

Good luck buddy...

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Guys, I was kidding ! See the :grin: face at the end of the line?

Have used Back to black myself. I still like Wash as you dry best for this kind of thing!. When D.C. Box told me about it at a meet in 06, I was skeptical. tried it anyway. Outstanding results with Nanowax..

Far faster and easier to use than Back to Black. Plus the panels stay cleaner longer!

Thanks Garry

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Ya, that's my only real complaint about BtB, it attracts dust like Armor All. Once this bottle is gone, I plan on trying 303. Now that you've mentioned nano, I'll have to try it too.

As for the :-D, noop, didn't see it, hell I'm old, half blind and mostly deaf. I'm surprised I can find the coffee pot each morning:roll:
 

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Ya, that's my only real complaint about BtB, it attracts dust like Armor All. Once this bottle is gone, I plan on trying 303. Now that you've mentioned nano, I'll have to try it too.

As for the :-D, noop, didn't see it, hell I'm old, half blind and mostly deaf. I'm surprised I can find the coffee pot each morning:roll:
What?
Can you use a bigger font next time....and maybe type slower?

BtB is the only thing I use on my panels - after The Annual Forever Black coating - and I only use it once or twice before fall...
 

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Guys, I was kidding ! See the :grin: face at the end of the line?

Have used Back to black myself. I still like Wash as you dry best for this kind of thing!. When D.C. Box told me about it at a meet in 06, I was skeptical. tried it anyway. Outstanding results with Nanowax..

Far faster and easier to use than Back to Black. Plus the panels stay cleaner longer!

Thanks Garry

Dom
I knew you were kidding Dom...! (My >>> :razz:)

Is this the stuff...? (Clipped it from the web...)

 

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thanks for all the suggestions guys! i'm gonna try the compound/polish/scratch remover/wax method. there's only like 3 or 4 scratches so it should be fine. that sucks about the wheels, i guess i'll just have to live with that :/
You could paint the wheels...its kinda expensive and time consuming, but
just an option...or try the trading post to see if anyone is selling any
 
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