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Paintwork care

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I have a 156 2.0 TS Veloce with the Nuvolo (?) pearlescent paint job. It has a few tiny scratches here and there. Am I ok to use a bit of t-cut on this kind of paintwork?

If not can anyone recommend anything I can use?
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Re: Paintwork care

you planning on doing it yourself? otherwise, you can have a pro job done and have the paint machine-polished which will give a superior result.

fortunately, light coloured metallics hide a lot of defects, so minor swirls are often invisible without extremely close inspection (as opposed to a solid black paint!).

to DIY by hand, then i usually recommend a 2-stage process using:
1. autoglym SRP (super resin polish)
2. autoglym EGP (extra gloss protection)

use decent foam pads for the application of each, quality microfibre cloths for buffing off residue. also grab some quick detailer spray, and a 'clay bar' to prep the paint before polishing.

though, it depends how fussy you are, and how far you want to go. a simple all-in-one product may be all you need to satisfy your needs, like Meguiar's Nxt Gen Tech Wax II or Eagle One Nanowax.

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Re: Paintwork care

T-cut is probably too harsh ... Scratch-X (or similar) or possibly Autoglym's Paint Restorer might be a better bet. With luck the scratches are in the clear lacquer top-coat so should polish out.
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Re: Paintwork care

If the scratches are deep enough to catch a fingernail as you drag it across then they are probably too deep to correct.

If not then I highly recommend Meguiars Scratch X which you can use to remove individual small minor scratches. You would not wan't to try to do the whole car with this product.

AG SRP has fillers in it which will hide swirls as does Megs NXT.

Whatever you use make sure you finish off with a good wax to protect the paintwork.
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Re: Paintwork care

Mothers Scratch remover does wonders... if you have really deep scratches, nothing will remove them, but a good scratch remover helps alot.

The AG SRP/EGP combo only "hides" scratches, they do little to remove them completely.
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