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Old 10-24-05, 09:27 AM
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Scratches, rubbing compound

I'm refurbishing a (hardly vintage...) Raleigh roadster for re-sale, and it has some scratches in the frame paint. Looks to be through the clear-coat, but not into the paint or frame metal.

What's a good rubbing compound for such? Anyone tried those universal scratch-hiders they advertise on TV?
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Try some toothpaste--will tell you right away if anything more exotic is worthwhile. About as mild as you can get for a compound.

Sometimes the right answer can be simply a dirty oily shop rag! Wrap it around the tubes giving high-speed tugs (yes, like a shoe shine boy) buffing that great old paint back to its original lustre. Wear some lightweight gloves to keep your knuckles intact. Do the entire bike and minor scratches become non-issues as the overall effect can be so dramatic.

This not working? ...scratches in the clear-coat, maybe try more clear coat.
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Most of the scratch fillers are just colored waxes, they definitely work, but do not work indefinitely. I've also tried something called scratch-x, that apparently has a little binder and an abrasive, so that the binder gets colored with the detritus from the abrasive...stuff is pretty good. None of 'em work if the scratch is very wide.
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You might try some polishing compound, instead of rubbing compound. It's not quite as abrasive or injurious. I've used Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for a simple clean up, but be careful on the decals if you do. Rub VERY gently on the decals!
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Originally Posted by DynamicD74
Rub VERY gently on the decals!
I wouldn't recommend doing even that; if a decal's scratched, you sure can't polish it out.
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I would try a good-quality auto wax before a rubbing compound -- if the scratches are light, the wax will fill them and hide them.
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Originally Posted by mswantak
I wouldn't recommend doing even that; if a decal's scratched, you sure can't polish it out.
I don't use polishing compound to polish out decals. That is, essentially, impossible. Most decals are such that it is difficult, if not impossible, to clean around them without rubbing on them, to some degree. So, I was suggesting that, in these areas, you need to be very gentle. Hope this helps to clarify my above post!
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