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d2allen
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2018-06-25 4:23 PM (#171684)
Subject: Scratched paint repair


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 A big nasty juniper shrub scratched the white paint on my 2011 Elite l.q. trailer. The scratches are not very deep, so I hope they can be repaired. I'd like to try to buff them out with rubbing compound or whatever is appropriate. 

What is the best product to buff out the scratches on a white painted aluminum surface? 

Many thanks,

Deidre

 
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beeoerdog
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2018-06-25 6:08 PM (#171685 - in reply to #171684)
Subject: RE: Scratched paint repair


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Start with a polish/cleaner. Rubbing compound can be too agressive
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gard
Reg. Aug 2007
Posted 2018-06-26 5:00 AM (#171689 - in reply to #171684)
Subject: RE: Scratched paint repair


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As was stated, the prefinished paint on the trailer panels is very thin. Using agressive polishing compounds, can quickly erode the paint trhrough to the base metal. You can have the paint color matched at an automotive paint supplier for touch up work, but the surface sheen will differ, and it will take careful blending by buffing to match the original finish. Many people consider scratches, as being part of the character of ownership.
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d2allen
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2018-06-26 5:20 PM (#171691 - in reply to #171684)
Subject: RE: Scratched paint repair


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Thanks to you both, beeoerdog and gard. The "do nothing" alternative is sometimes the best.

Deidre 
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RTSmith
Reg. Nov 2003
Posted 2018-06-28 7:11 AM (#171692 - in reply to #171684)
Subject: RE: Scratched paint repair


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Maybe rather than do nothing- a solid basic paste wax may help diminish how noticeable they are. It will also certainly help protect what paint is present. Waxing the entire painted surface annually is a great idea. No fun, but a great idea. 
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d2allen
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2018-06-30 2:22 PM (#171694 - in reply to #171684)
Subject: RE: Scratched paint repair


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Totally agree RTSmith. I'm motivated to try to at least diminish those scratches with a wax job.

I've seen on this forum the type of recommended wax is "marine grade" with high UV protection.

Is that what you would use, and if so, where would I find such a product? In an automotive store or must I go to a place that sells boat supplies?
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Tx. Vaquero
Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2018-07-01 6:15 AM (#171695 - in reply to #171684)
Subject: RE: Scratched paint repair




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 Turtle Wax Scratch and Swirl Remover.
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