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Old 06-18-2006, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1. scratches on doors from people hitting them with their feet on the way in and out?
2. there are little orange dots all around the outside of my car, they come off if u scrub real hard, but it is impossible to do them all, is there sum awesome car wash soap that will make it come off easily. i just bough the car so i dont know what it is, it might be from a tree or somethin?
3. dirt on vinyl behind the seats?
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2: perhaps bug and tar remover?
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1. scratches on doors from people hitting them with their feet on the way in and out?
2. there are little orange dots all around the outside of my car, they come off if u scrub real hard, but it is impossible to do them all, is there sum awesome car wash soap that will make it come off easily. i just bough the car so i dont know what it is, it might be from a tree or somethin?
3. dirt on vinyl behind the seats?
1. I use a polishing compound for minor scratches and scuff marks. Toothpaste is supposed to work also.
2. I have those, too. They're such a bitch! I gave up and got a clay bar. Worked well.
3. What?
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I used to use this Scratch remover on my old white honda hatchback, I can't remember the name but its in a all yellow bottle, the liquid itself is white. Just look for scratch remover in autozone and you'll find it or maybe one better. It took off ANYTHING that wasnt an actual scratch through the paint. Impressive on an all white car.
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1. scratches on doors from people hitting them with their feet on the way in and out?
2. there are little orange dots all around the outside of my car, they come off if u scrub real hard, but it is impossible to do them all, is there sum awesome car wash soap that will make it come off easily. i just bough the car so i dont know what it is, it might be from a tree or somethin?
3. dirt on vinyl behind the seats?
Short of compounding with a rotary (shop use), here are some suggestions:

1. Scratches on door sills. Meguiar's Scratch X. Most people (myself included at first) don't use this readily available product correctly. Apply a small amount to a foam pad or terry towel (about a nickel diameter). Work the product until you feel some warmth from the friction. Scratch X has diminishing abrasives and heat makes the product work. I work a scratch at right angles and keep working until the product almost disappears. Apply more until they are gone.

2. Orange dots. I'd probably recommend clay bar for the car. This is usually only done once to remove surface contaminants as a good wax/sealant will prevent them from sticking to the paint. Could be a tree or industrial fallout. I recently did a detail on a Mustang convertible that unfortunately the owner had parked and her neighbor had a contractor spray deck/fence sealant. The wind carried this nasty stuff to the entire car! What a mess! The contractor's insurance company paid for the damage but it was a 14 hour process to get the car done correctly.

3. Dirt on vinyl behind seats. The shop where I detail uses mild products. Either All-Purpose Cleaner diluted to 3 parts water and 1 part cleaner, or mild dishwashing soap diluted 8 parts water to 1 part soap. I use a boar's hair brush to scrub because it won't damage the finish of the plastic. Scrub and wipe with a terry towel. You can use Meguiar's Quick Interior detailer as a non-glossy finish.

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