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Old 08-22-2008, 04:38 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up I used Mr Clean Magic Eraser to remove scratches from my paint and it worked!

So after reading threads about this product working great on leather seats I had to try it and it worked amazing....but I'm not here to post about that since there are already threads on here about it. Im here to let you guys know if you have small light scratches you can use this product to remove them.

I decided to try this after doing my seats...I noticed when I did my seats it felt and looked as if a passed a very light sand paper on the seat. I have cleaned leather seats before by sanding them down so I know how it feels and looks. Although the magic eraser does not feel like sand paper it defiantly works like one.

I know detailing experts use the sanding down paint method to remove scratches...very risky procedure if you don't know what your doing..but with the magic eraser its like you cant mess up your paint since it not as strong as sand paper.

I used Mr Cleans Magic Eraser with more power...its the heavy duty version..it says it on the box. I tried it on a small spot first and was pleased with the results so then I continued with the rest of the car.

Here's what I did...

1:Washed the car
2:Wet the Magic Eraser and scrub all the spots on my car that had scratches
3:When you dry the spot up you will noticed that you clear coat now looks dull.This is normal...that's the same look you get when you use sand paper
4:I used Meguiars scratch remover once the spot dried
5:Then i used Meguiars wax
6:Then i used Meguiars quick detailer

Its kind of like using a clay bar but i bit stronger and less stronger then using sand paper...its the perfect combo

Now this will not remove deep or medium scratches...although it will minimize them...this will only work with light scratches.

I am not responsible for any damages you do to your car...do this at your own risk.

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Old 08-23-2008, 02:21 AM   #2
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i dont think that was a good idea. maybe it rubbed out some scratches, probablly removed some clear coat and left some marring.
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:33 AM   #3
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i dont think that was a good idea. maybe it rubbed out some scratches, probablly removed some clear coat and left some marring.
yeah... that's kind of the point. What do you think an aggressive polish and pad does? That's why you follow up with a less aggressive process...
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ya but no polish, i think he removed more clear coat then he would have using a pad and polish.
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:51 PM   #5
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ya but no polish, i think he removed more clear coat then he would have using a pad and polish.
Like a light wetsanding does.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:41 PM   #6
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thats what its suppose to do to remove scratches

takes a very thin layer of your clear paint...what do you think a claybar does to your car?? same method


*update*...car is still looking shinny !!!!


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Old 08-24-2008, 06:47 PM   #7
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:17 PM   #8
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thats what its suppose to do to remove scratches

takes a very thin layer of your clear paint...what do you think a claybar does to your car?? same method


*update*...car is still looking shinny !!!!
To clarify, clay bar only removes containaments ontop and embedded into the clear coat
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magic eraser = wetsanding the scratches = taking clear coat off.
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magic eraser = wetsanding the scratches = taking SOME OF THE clear coat off.
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lol ya. it didnt by any means take off all of it, or else you would know. i was screwing around with it the other day on my old car and comparing it to wetsanding with 2000 grit paper i'd have to guess its somewhere around 3000-4000 grit or so. thats just based off of how fast it took clearcoat off vs the sandpaper.
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sorry i don't...i did it when it was starting to get dark....
like i said before try it in a small area first before you comment on how it takes away your clear coat off and its not good for your paint etc etc...bottom line is it takes away minor scratches and doesn't mess up your paint job.

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I used that thing on my drywall and it ate a hole into it...

It wont be touching my car.......
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Like an idiot I used a magic eraser to try and remove bird crap that had molded to the hood of my car (I actually used it on the whole car, but I really went to town on the hood), and now it is all scuffed up and has swirl marks. I came across your post when I was searching ways to fix it. You definitely provided more guidance than any other forum I visited.

What are the specific Meguiar's wax and Megular's detailer you used? I found the Megular products at Walmart.com, but there are so many varieties to choose from and I am clueless. I only saw 1 Megular's Scratch product (Meguiar's ScratchX 2.0), so I will plan to get that. Will the contents of one bottle of each be enough to do an entire SUV, or should I get extra?

What supplies would you recommend for putting these products on the car? And are there any products you would recommend to clean the vehicle before putting this all on?

Your expertise is greatly appreciated! My car is old and has it's share of dings, but it looks awful with the Magic Eraser marks from my scrubbing
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You're going to need a dual action machine polisher, a selection of pads ranging from cutting to finishing, a cutting compound, and finishing polish.

This process is known as paint correction, and the machine, pads, and polishing compounds are used to effectively level the surface to remove defects and create a flat, shiny surface.




Please let me know if you have any further questions, I would be happy to help!

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Thank you for taking the time to lend me your expertise!

I did get Megular's Scratch 2x and used it on my hood, and it made the scuffs a lot better. They didn't have Megular's Wax or Detailer, so all I have used so far is the Scratch 2x.

Would the following dual action polisher:
Meguiar's DA Power System Tool (http://www.walmart.com/ip/22573836?w...850072&veh=sem)

work for my purposes? It's only 50$ which is awesome.

Is there a specific cutting compound and finishing polish you recommend?

Another question I have is whether there's a way to get rid of the crap on the hood (that I was trying to get off with my magic eraser)? It's a combination of congealed bird crap, sap, hard water marks, and maybe some little rust spots (the spots aren't rust colored, but I'm not sure what else it could be - they're white, raised and hard). It's nothing I can't live with (I don't want to make it worse again) but it'd be cool if I could clean those spots off.

Thank you again for your help!
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I have personally never used the DA Power System tool, however I understand it is 'just ok' for light use. It is not something that you would want to try to use on the entire vehicle. If you're looking to maintain your vehicles to the highest level, I would suggest making the investment in a true, stand alone machine like the Griot's Garage Machine or the Porter Cable 7424XP.

A great starter kit that will get you going would be this simple set up that includes the Porter Cable 7424XP, a 5" backing plate, 4 pads, M105 cutting compound, and M205 Finishing Polish.

Here is a great article discussing the M105/205 combination and how to go about using it with the Porter Cable 7424XP.

Polishing How To with Meguiar's M105 / M205 by Todd Cooperider




As far as the damage on your hood, it depends on how severe it is. Unfortunately bird droppings, bug guts, hard water, and other types of environmental contamination can cause serious damage to paint. This damage that you see is likely an etching caused by the acidic content in the bird dropping which begins to eat through paint. In some cases, this damage is so severe that it cannot be removed. In other cases, a paint correction process will help to remove the damage.


In the following photo you can see the remnants of damage caused by bird droppings. This has eaten through the clear coat and exposed the primer layer, and therefore can be considered 'permanent damage' as the only way to repair it will be with repainting.



Let me know if you have any further questions.

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