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The problem would most likely be overspray and/or not finishing correctly. If there is a top clear coat and this wasn't cut/polished correctly, it could leave something like what you're talking about. This would be especially true if there was overspray somewhere which was not caught during the final finishing steps. You need to take this back to the place ...


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Since low budget is stated as a main requirement, I am assuming that professional repainting is not an option. Hard to tell from a photo, but the scratch on the side probably will not buff out. But I would try anyways to be sure. A good random orbital buffer with a medium cutting pad to see if it buffs out, then polish it back to a shine. If that works, ...


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The actual polishing is a very sensitive thing, basically it is a wax containing a light abrasive compound, which is softer than a clear cote. Waxing is to put an extra coat of wax on a car which will fill the micro scratches and will look shiny. Polishing - it's a rubbing off a micro coat of clear cote, and in same time get the surface totally flat and ...


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It would be silly to skip claying if the paint surface is heavy with contaminants and go to the compounding/polishing step; it would be like using makeup to cover blackheads - the right thing to do is remove the contaminants and work off a clean surface. Compounding uses micro-abrasion to reduce the visibility of paint imperfections while polishing works by ...


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tl dr: It isn't necessary, but it improves the quality of the polish/wax job. "Claying" (otherwise known as using a clay bar or detailing clay), is a means by which to remove contaminants from the finish of your vehicle which washing alone will not remove. The clay bar creates a shearing action, which basically cuts the contaminants off of the clear coat, ...


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I sent a web "contact us" form to Brembo through their website around the same time that I asked this question. They appear to have forwarded it to an account manager at Race Techonolgies, LLC based in Irvine, California which is an official Brembo partner. The account manager sent me a response just today, a week after I sent my request. Brembo calipers ...


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Can polishing compound ruin your car's paint? Yes. Is that a guarantee? Nope. The purpose of compound is to remove just enough paint that surface imperfections (scratches, swirls, holograms, oxidation) go away with the paint that is removed. The compound you linked to is specifically for hand application and as such is likely very aggressive. Thankfully it ...


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I thought that this would protect my car paint from sun, dust, rain , etc., but it seems I should have applied wax rather than polishing compound. Unfortunately I should have read more before buying the product. Can anyone advice if applying a polishing compound can ruin my car paint? You're right, there's no point in polishing a new car, or a fresh coat ...


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Depending on how these are finished, it may be difficult. It wouldn't surprise me if they are powder coated. To remove powder coatings, you'll have to disassemble and get sandblasted to remove (easiest way to remove powder coating completely). I'd highly recommend you get them powder coated again. Powder coating provides a finish which remains great for a ...


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You'll need brake cleaner, a wire brush or scouring pad, and ideally some isopropyl alcohol. Scrub the living crap out of the calipers, down to bare metal if possible, as it'll give the paint something to stick to. Dry off the calipers with the isopropyl alcohol. With paint, the better you prep the surface, the better the paint will stick and stay.


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Disassemble the calipers and use chemical paint remover or sandblasting.


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Yes, you did indeed apply an abrasive "compound". Polish materials come in coarse and finer grits just like sandpaper. To polish scratches left by a polish of a course grit finer grits are used to polish out the deeper scratches. The good news the clearcoat can, very likely, be restored to a normal smooth surface shine. You have two options: You can take ...



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