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The fine scratches on the roof and trunk are really getting to me. I remember reading here a while back that someone took their car in to an autobody shop and they were able to easily buff out fine scratches. I was hoping someone could give me more information on that.
 

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Re: Professional Buffing (Cabot)

A GOOD detailer should be able to get most, if not all of them out
I could give you the name and number of THE BEST IN THE WORLD, he's in Burbank. Remember, I lived in LA for 10 years, but what he now charges may be more than your car is worth and I'm not kidding. He now just does the top show cars from LA
I suppose if you just want a quickie, the hood, roof and trunk he may only charge you a few hundred bucks, let me know
 

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Thanks JRL. I appreciate your offer, but it sounds like going to Burbank might be a little over the top for what I need. Considering that he does top show cars I'd be embrassased to go to him with the condition of my hood and front bumper. Does he have a webpage?
 

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Re: Professional Buffing (Cabot)

Cabot.........

Try a local detail shop...take the car to them and ask for an estimate....keep in mind that you get what you pay for. I would say that you will spend @ $100 to get something decent...and that is just the buffing...no interior or engine cleaning.
Also.....how old is the car and has it ever had paintwork on the top surfaces? That will have an impact on the results of buffing. If there is not enough paint to work with..you are wasting your $$.

ps..just realized that you have a 98 S70...if that i sthe car you want buffed...and it has never had paint work...you are pprobably okay. Ther shold be plenty of paint to work with! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Thanks University. There should be plenty of paint. When I was still at home (before I came out to LA for school) that car was washed and waxed weekly and never parked in the sun for extended periods. Unfortunately, the moving company that moved me out to LA, wasn't so careful and I have tons of fine scratches that look like monkey doo when the sun hits them just right.

I have been eying online a few detailers around here. Just so I have more information on call if they try to get slimey - for buffing out scratches, what kind of service should I ask for? Orbital buffing, clay bar.....?
 

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Re: Professional Buffing (Cabot)

Cabot.

Not seeing the car or knowing what color it is...it is hard to give you any advice on what "method" would be best. If the car is black...that will be the most "sensitive" to any "buff burns". Regent Red/ Nautic Blue/Classic Green/Emerald Green can sometimes be tricky. Most shades of silver will come out great as will white.
Find a detail shop with a good rep.....and let them make the call!
 

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Cabot said:
Thanks University. There should be plenty of paint. When I was still at home (before I came out to LA for school) that car was washed and waxed weekly and never parked in the sun for extended periods. Unfortunately, the moving company that moved me out to LA, wasn't so careful and I have tons of fine scratches that look like monkey doo when the sun hits them just right.

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You know if this is just recent and the paint is in generally good cond. ANY GOOD LA detailer should be able to handle this.
A BAD LA detailer probably better than the "good" ones everywhere else
Again, if it's not bad you should call my guy, if he's in a good mood and you say I gave you his number and you're a friend of mine, (I essentially put him on the map 30 years ago) he may do it for you very reasonably in a couple of hours while you wait. He IS THE best in the world. He can make almost paint look like brand new, no better than new.
We used to take brand new Mercedes to him (when they had a lot of orange peel way back when), he would color sand the entire car, buff, etc. when it came back they would put brand new showroom cars to SHAME
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Cabot................If JRL's man has been detailing that long...and he has experience in the nuances and techniques to get orange peel out of factory paint..............take him the car! He sounds like a pro!
Take some pics of before and after and post them............... http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Professional Buffing (universityvolvoOSD)

I've buffed several cars out myself. You have to be careful not to get too agressive. I've been able to take out fine scratches using a 3M product called Finesse It. Its a micro polish and can be put on by hand or with a machine and is safe for clear coat. I've purchase foam pads from detailing web sites and had good luck. I've never burned the paint but can see if you go too hard or too long in one place it could happen. I then followed the micro polish with a glaze and good wax. Cost is under $50 and 3-5 hours of time.
 

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Quote, originally posted by universityvolvoOSD »
Cabot................If JRL's man has been detailing that long...and he has experience in the nuances and techniques to get orange peel out of factory paint..............take him the car! He sounds like a pro!
Take some pics of before and after and post them............... http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
He's beyond a "pro" he basically puts together show cars now, has been for years, but will do the occational high end detail for people he knows.
His details usually include taking the seats OUT of a car to clean underneath!
 
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