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Rubbing Compound recommendation?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by RowdyRon, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. Sep 11, 2016 at 11:55 AM
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    RowdyRon

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    This past week I had a dump truck toss up a rock that chipped the paint on my hood down to the metal - about 1/3" in diameter. I have been painting in the chip with OEM touch up paint layer by layer and allowing each coat to dry completely between coats. Once I get the chip filled in to where it is even with the surrounding paint, or a little higher, I will need to smooth the repair. My question: is the best approach to take various aggressive levels of rubbing compound to smooth the repair or is there a better solution? If rubbing compound is the preferred approach, any ideas as to what level of aggressive I need? I would rather not take my truck to a shop to repair the chip and do it myself.
     
  2. Sep 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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    Ron,

    Do you know how to wet sand? Other than that, it is gonna be tricky to get it to where you will be happy.

    With that said, I would try a polish first. Then if no luck go to the compound.

    Next question...where do you plan on buying the compound? Local, Amazon, or other?
    Meg's makes some good stuff. I use Scholls products, Car Pro, and Menzerna.
    Do you have a machine or by hand?
    I would also do a couple of coats of clear.
    Sorry for 20 questions...LOL
     
  3. Sep 11, 2016 at 12:33 PM
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  4. Sep 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM
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    Thanks for the come back, Steve. Yes, I have thought about using some 600, 800, and 1,000 grit wet sandpaper. Are those the grit you would recommend? I haven't scoped out where to get the rubbing compound but obviously I want the best I can get. I plan to do it all by hand. I have been masking off the repair area, applying a thin layer of paint to the chip, then using a flat tool (actually plasticized playing card) to "squeegee" the excess paint off the repair while allowing it to stay in the chip. That appears to be working well for me but I know that, after I'm satisfied with the paint fill, I'll have a high spot that is the thickness of the masking tape to deal with. So, your recommendations would be 1st = wet sand, 2nd polish, and 3rd compound to do the leveling? I'll see your 20 questions and raise you 20 questions LOL!
     
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  5. Sep 11, 2016 at 12:49 PM
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  6. Sep 11, 2016 at 2:31 PM
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    Any chance you can post a pic?
    When it comes to wet sanding, I'm still feeling my way and not sure what to advise you. However her maybe a good start...
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/ask-a-pro-when-is-wet-sanding-necessary/

    http://www.autogeek.net/how-to-remove-scratches.html

    Try these to help you. I'm looking to take a class and learn how to do it properly.

    The Meg's products are very good. I know a pro Detailer who loves them and uses them regularly.

    Check...lol

    If you didn't live so far, I would certainly help you out with the machine work, i.e. Polish and compounding.
     
  7. Sep 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM
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    Come on Man! It's only a 20-hour drive!
     
  8. Sep 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM
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    Actually 18 from Jersey....hhhmmmmmm:burnrubber::mudding:
     
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  9. Sep 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM
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    Thanks for the links, Steve! I could be in way over my head, LOL!
     
  10. Sep 11, 2016 at 4:18 PM
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    Hey, a famous detective once said, "A mans got to know his limitations."

    I need to become proficient at it for the future.

    Good luck and let us know how you make out.
     
  11. Sep 11, 2016 at 4:22 PM
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    Oh great, so now you're quoting Harry Callahan to me LOL! I'll post up some "after" pics if they aren't too incriminating.
     
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