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  1. Shoe polish can be used to visualize the scratches. Rub a small amount of dark shoe polish over the scratch.
    • Shoe polish can be used to visualize the scratches. Rub a small amount of dark shoe polish over the scratch.

  2. Wipe the shoe polish over the panel. This fills the scratches with polish.
    • Wipe the shoe polish over the panel. This fills the scratches with polish.

  3. Block sand the panel with 2000-grit wet/dry sandpaper and plenty of water. Sand until the shoe polish disappears.
    • Block sand the panel with 2000-grit wet/dry sandpaper and plenty of water. Sand until the shoe polish disappears.

  4. Polish out the sanding scratches with rubbing compound.
    • Polish out the sanding scratches with rubbing compound.

  5. A polishing wheel makes short work of bringing the shine back. An oscillating polisher is less aggressive than this rotary polisher.
    • A polishing wheel makes short work of bringing the shine back. An oscillating polisher is less aggressive than this rotary polisher.

    • Don't buff through the paint into the next layer, especially on high-crown or sharp edges.

  6. Finish with light hand buffing to remove the last of the compound. Follow with car wax.
    • Finish with light hand buffing to remove the last of the compound. Follow with car wax.

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Don’t you need to put the clear coat on the paint before waxing?

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