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Old 04-10-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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I'll be checking out Junkman at the fest, but until then.... I screwed up bad.

I used rubbing compound on my car.

Ya, ya, ya. I know. I'm an idiot. I'm passed that.

I plan on spending some cake on Adams and whatever it takes to become a quasi Junkman at the fest, but I'd also like to do whatever I can to fix my mistake FOR the fest.

In the garage or shade, my car looks freakin amazing. In fact, even if I try, I can't see the swirls. The swirls are not scratches like it was before. But just a kind of light changing thing. In the direct sunlight they appear. :(

Is there anything I can do in the next few days to fix this?
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Exactly what did you use and how did you use it?
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Old 04-10-2010, 02:05 PM   #3
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Your going to have a collection after you see what Adam's can do for your ride.
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Hang up that California Duster young man!
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rubbing compound?..ouch..some have stated that Liquid Ice works. I use Simonz scratch remover on my truck. Covers good, until the next wash....
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I have done worst in the past. Like junk said what did you use, how bad is it, and do you have any pics.

Not knowing what supplies you have in town you might be able to get away with ScratchX 2.0 and some glaze filler until you can get some better stuff to fix the damage.

Looks like AJ has a test vehicle at the fest.
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I've got enough test vehicles lined up that I think I'll be manning the Adam's boot at 12:01 AM Saturday morning!
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i dont get it, what happened? isnt rubbing compound supposed to be useful for the paint?

@ junkman whats the difference between adams and zaino?
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@ junkman whats the difference between adams and zaino?
This will keep you busy til' he relpies....

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...adam%27s+zaino
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Exactly what did you use and how did you use it?
Got pissed and tossed it. Don't remember the brand but it said 1500 Cut Compound.

I washed and dried the car and basically applied it by wiping it in and then polished in a circular type motion until it was kinda greasy and woped it off.

Microfiber applicator and wiped with microfiber cloth.

It all looked real good, I mean REAL good till I got it out in the sun.
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:24 PM   #11
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I'm heading to Lowes to get a foamer and stuff but I dont' know where from there, as far as how to fix before the fest.

I probably should take it to a detailer on MOnday.
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That sux bro! He'll get you straightened out. He purposely messes shit up, just to demonstrate the fix!
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That sux bro! He'll get you straightened out. He purposely messes shit up, just to demonstrate the fix!
Well, it's not gonna be too hard to fix I would imagine. Like I said, theres an overcast right now and it looks freaking amazing. It just looks so bad when the sun hits it just right.

I'm an idiot. I'm kinda torn, I know I plan on using the Adams stuff and Junkmans methods, but if I can, I'd like to at least cut these hazy swirls out this week.
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No kidding! Those things do more damage than good.
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No kidding! Those things do more damage than good.
I think he just means literally hang it up...if used right it won't do damage
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This will keep you busy til' he relpies....

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...adam%27s+zaino
Oh my.... that thread will go down in the great halls of Camaro5 folk lore!

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i dont get it, what happened? isnt rubbing compound supposed to be useful for the paint?

@ junkman whats the difference between adams and zaino?
That would be like asking if sandpaper is usful for all paint. Well yea, as long as you use the right grit! And yes, that thread will more than answer your question!

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Got pissed and tossed it. Don't remember the brand but it said 1500 Cut Compound.
YIKES!!!

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I washed and dried the car and basically applied it by wiping it in and then polished in a circular type motion until it was kinda greasy and woped it off.

Microfiber applicator and wiped with microfiber cloth.

It all looked real good, I mean REAL good till I got it out in the sun.
That was the WRONG grit to use! The scary thing is what it will take to clean up the damage. I normally will not use the PC for anything lower than 2500 grit. After that, I have to break out my Flex orbital. At 1500 and below, I go to my Makita rotary! Now that compound may not have cut as true as 1500 grit paper because you used it wrong but still, you've done some significant damage. You need to find a reputable detailer who will be able to buff the finish back out without wiping all the clear coat off your car. As it is, the clear is pretty thin on these Camaros. Whatever you do, do NOT take it to a dealership! Some 19 year old hack will definitely wipe the paint job out at that place. You need a professional to fix this. Don't mess with it any more!

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Well, it's not gonna be too hard to fix I would imagine. Like I said, theres an overcast right now and it looks freaking amazing. It just looks so bad when the sun hits it just right.
You'd be wrong about how easy it is going to be to fix...

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I'm an idiot. I'm kinda torn, I know I plan on using the Adams stuff and Junkmans methods, but if I can, I'd like to at least cut these hazy swirls out this week.
Don't be so hard on yourself. You're correct, but quit being so hard on yourself.

You are not going to be able to fix that yourself. That is going to require a more aggressive measure than what you've seen in my videos. Let a professional fix it.

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I think he just means literally hang it up...if used right it won't do damage
You are correct sir!
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OMG I am soooooooooooooooooooooo JEALOUS!!!!
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I need to figure out how to hang the dang thing first..

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No kidding! Those things do more damage than good.
They don't do any damage if used properly.

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I need to figure out how to hang the dang thing first...
I drilled a hole in the handle. Worked like a charm.
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Ok, Junkman. I'll take it Monday.

So if anyone wants to know how to waste money, I can teach you. Ugh.....


But, hey, I did get the liitle micro-scratches out. lol
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Actually they are still there, you just replaced them with one very big scratch!
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Ok. I'm standing here at Auto Zone and I got the product I used. It doesn't say 1500 cut but just says removes 1500 grade scratches.

It's 3M and just says rubbing compound.

So it's not as bad right? :(
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It says "Clearcoat Safe"
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Don't feel do bad, I've spent alot on mods to have done for the fest and I get the car back just in time to leave without even getting to wash her. No telling what it will look like when I get there.
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Ok. I'm standing here at Auto Zone and I got the product I used. It doesn't say 1500 cut but just says removes 1500 grade scratches.

It's 3M and just says rubbing compound.

So it's not as bad right? :(
It's NOT what you should be using for what you were trying to accomplish! You can use a turkey carving knife to cut butter and it will cut the hell out of some butter but wouldn't a butter knife be a lot better and much more practical?

No, it's not as bad but it is not meant for what you wanted to do. That compound has to be polished out after you use it.
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