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Hi everybody, I'm hoping u guys can help me out. I just purchased a new civic about 1 month ago and I just discovered a couple of scratchs and I'm pretty upset about it. I'm a new car owner and I love my car. I've been looking online but there's so much information. This is what I can figure out. The scratches are minor, it looks white but nail doesn't catch at all so it's seems like a clear coat damage only. I went to the dealer and they said to find rubbing solution at a car shop and go from there.

I read because it's so minor polish is fine rather then a rubbing compound? But I heard rubbing compund strips the clear coat and while I do want to fix the scratches, I also want to preserve the clear coat and paint around the scratches and not further scratch it up, if that's even possible. Do I need to follow up with a wax if I polish just that spot? Is there any more clear coat of I remove until it's gone?i mean does it need to be repolished? What product do u recommend? I apologize, I'm rather clueless with all these and it's my first car so I want to take care of it as long as I can without spending an arm and leg

Thank you!
 

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bullet hole stickers:)


I just got mine and was immaculate but something flu on the fway and hit my rear passenger door!
 

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There is really no way around getting into your clear coat a little to actually remove a scratch. It takes an awful lot to actually strip a decent clear coat. You would pretty much have to deliberately try to strip the clearcoat with rubbing or polishing compound if you are doing it by hand.

Depending on the depth of the scratch, wet sanding with somewhere between a 6000-2000 grit sandpaper might be your first step followed by rubbing compound, polishing compound, then wax. There are some scratch removers that fill in/conceal the scratch, but this is a temporary band-aid that will go away after a few washes.

The best place to start is YouTube. There are numerous "how to's" regarding scratch repair, washing, waxing, etc.

My personal preference is Ammo NYC. That YouTube channel has some very in depth videos on car detailing giving you not only the how but the why.

If Ammo NYC is a little too much, Pan The Organizer, Apex Detail, and the Chemical Guys have numerous quick to the point videos regarding car care.
 

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I have visited an automobile service center nearby as it is cheaper to have it fixed there instead of going to the actual dealer store. You can also try to watch some YT videos and look for some products online.
 

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Share some photos of the scratches. If they are minor, there are many products than can be used to hide or totally fix it.
 
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