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Scratch Removal and Prevention


How To Prevent Scratches DO’S 1.DO use ONLY professional car care microfiber towels on your paint finish (anything else is almost certain to cause micro scratches or spider scratches). Not all microfiber towels are created equal. 2. DO use a high quality pH balanced car wash specific shampoo. (see tip box about this) 3. DO use only pro XL microfiber towels to dry after washing your car. (Real Chamois are OK if you clean and use them properly …otherwise you can cause micro scratches!) 3. DO use a Pro style Waterless Car Wash in between regular water and shampoo washes. 4. DO apply a high quality Paint Sealant 2x per year, Spring and Fall. (see definitions below)

Four Things That Can Make Car Paint Scratch Worse 1. Using an old cotton rag (or worse-paper towel) to apply a polish. 2. Using “Rubbing Compound” or old unknown tin can of product on the shelf in the garage. 3. Using any product designed primarily for household cleaning, scrubbing or polishing. 4. Not correctly cleaning and prepping the area where the scratch is prior to scratch removal.
Spoof videos on YouTube: Spoof videos on YouTube using super glue, wax, and tin foil. There are tons of “spoof” videos on YouTube regarding scratch removal all of them are just bad jokes.

How To Prevent Scratches DON’TS 1. DON’T wipe your paint finish when dry with ANYTHING, this guarantees you will cause micro spider scratches. 2. DON’T EVER let a paper towel touch your paint finish, you may as well use sandpaper! 2. DON’T use a California duster. They cause micro spider scratches. Trust me, I don’t care what the ad’s say. 3. DO NOT use automatic car washes, even so called “touch less”…they ALL can cause micro scratches. 4. DO NOT use a house hold dish washing soap to wash your car. The high pH of household soaps will attack paint and plastic, and strip wax from the paint. 5. DO NOT rub sap, bird splats, or dried bug splats to remove them. (See the tip box for this)

Clear coat paint explained (cars made after 1990): Nearly every car on the road since 1990 has a clear coat. A clear coat is simply an extra layer of paint…but it’s clear! Professionals refer to a car with a clear coat as a “two stage” paint job (first stage color second stage clear). The clear coat provides extra protection for the color paint layer and in most instances is a harder formulation than the base color paint. What does this mean to you? …95% of scratches that you will encounter are only in the top clear coat In other words the scratch is not into the metal, primer or the base color and can be removed fast, safe & permanently with a well designed step by step system. Scratches in the clear coat stand out because it is similar to a facet on a diamond, the sharp edges of the scratches reflect light making it stand out.

What Type Of Scratch Do You Have?
General rule: If you cannot catch a fingernail in the scratch, then it can be safely & permanently removed @ home with the correct technique and system.
Minor: Spider micro scratches from paint neglect, automatic carwashes, improper driveway car wash technique. The scratch has not broken through the clear coat. (Can be removed at home permanently with a quality system)
Normal: Scratches around door locks from fingernails, dangling key chains, jewelry on fingers, setting or dragging boxes or packages on fenders or other painted areas. The scratch has not broken through the clear coat. (Can be removed at home permanently with a quality system)
Deep Scratch: Cat claw scratches, Dog claw scratches, shopping cart scratches, shrubbery scratches, leaning snow skis or snowboard up against the paint. The scratch has not broken through the clear coat. (Can be removed at home permanently with a quality system)
Extremely Deep Scratch: This scratch will require touch up paint since it broke through the clear coat and has exposed the base color. (Can be enhanced at home with a quality product after the touch up paint has dried)

Temporary Car Scratch Removal:
These cheap products reduce the reflectance of the scratch, filling it with silicone and wax, thus making it for a while until the fillers wear off and the scratch “reappears” after a few car washes or rain storms. Other temporary scratch remover products are clear liquid polymer solutions ( pen style applicator or a plain bottle) that you draw on or wipe on …and presto…scratch gone...well not quite, they simply make the white clear coat scratch “clear” and less visible (less reflective) to the eye however the scratch is still there…just a clever, temporary and many times expensive cover up…that will eventually wear off.
Copyright© 2009, Karl Eberhardt. Get the Ultimate Car Scratch Remover System for just $97 visit www.RemoveCarScratches.com

5 Steps To Remove Scratches Fast, Safe and Permanent, With Professional Results. 1. Wash the entire car, or use a professional scratch prep liquid cleaner that allows you to only clean the isolated scratch area, which is much faster. 2. Prep of the scratch area for 10 sec with detail clay or a modern synthetic version. 3. Remove the scratch with a modern “nano” or diminishing polish formula using ONLY a high quality microfiber towel – dedicated to removing scratches. 4. Follow with a professional glaze to bring out the deep natural luster of the paint. 5. Seal the restored area with a high quality sealant. Do not use ordinary auto wax as it will not give long lasting protection to the restored area. This may seem like a lot of steps however they are “micro” steps and the entire process can be done in less than 15 minutes with a well designed step-by-step system.

Printed with Permission of KARL EBERHARDT - CAR SCRATCH REMOVAL
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