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Old 05-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Soft clearcoat???

Is it possible I got a lemon clearcoat? My 2012 VR 1LT came with swirl marks and lots of clearcoat scratches. I can even scratch it with my finger although my fingers are a little rough from work. I can't seem to scratch my SGM clear though.(unless I just can't see it on my SGM...) I bought a DA polisher and everything I need to do a full detail but if my clearcoats no good ill just be wasting my time.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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Different colors can have different hardness. Jet black on bmws are notoriously soft and hard to work with while most bmws are middle to hard.
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My 2012 VR 1LT came with swirl marks and lots of clearcoat scratches.
Gotta love those stealerships..

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Different colors can have different hardness. Jet black on bmws are notoriously soft and hard to work with while most bmws are middle to hard.
Is it true that silver/metallic paints are the 'hardest'?
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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So if it is soft what would be the fix? Is the some sort of test to see if its soft or hard? (The clearcoat I mean)

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Is it true that silver/metallic paints are the 'hardest'?
No idea, sorry. I just always do a test spot on any car that I'm going to be polishing.
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So if it is soft what would be the fix? Is the some sort of test to see if its soft or hard?

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Same technique, just different products might be used.

For example, on a normal camaro, I might use M105 on yellow/orange pad, followed by M205 on white/gray pad.

On a really soft paint (ie my girlfriend's Nissan), I use M205 on a orange pad, followed by M205 on a red pad.

Just play around with the polishes on different pads and find what works in a test spot and then do that over the whole car.
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Thanks for the advice but I'm wondering if there's something wrong with the clear itself? It just seems to scratch way to easily.
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Thanks for the advice but I'm wondering if there's something wrong with the clear itself? It just seems to scratch way to easily.
nope, that's normal.
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