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Old 09-10-2014, 10:20 AM
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Best product to get out branch scratches

Hey all, I had my '14 Limited out on Martha's Vineyard over the weekend and had to go down some narrow trails/roads to get to the beach and the house we were staying at. Some were so narrow that I could hear the tree branches scraping against the outside of the Jeep, I was only going max around 5 mph but I noticed afterward that I have a few scratches running down the passenger side of the Jeep on the paint and the black fender trim. I'm taking it to get detailed this weekend but if that doesn't work, does any one have any suggestions on how to get them out or what products to use?

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Old 09-10-2014, 08:51 PM
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Re: Best product to get out branch scratches

I've gotten some pretty deep etches and scratches in my clear coat out using these products, without a polishing machine.

Chemical Guys GAP_VKIT_04 - VLINE Polishing Sampler Kit (4 oz)

The V32 compound is the best, but it's nice to have the sampler if you aren't using a polishing machine and can conserve a bit. I like following it up using the V34.

More details about the V32 one here:

Chemical Guys GAP_V32_16 - V32 Optical Grade Extreme Compound (16 oz)


And apply with these.

Chemical Guys BUFX_204 - Hex-Logic Hand Polishing Applicator Pads, 3 Pack (3 x 6 x 1 Inch)

Here's a video of some of it in use showing results. I hate their videos, but at least it shows how it performs a bit.



I feel like it's worth a shot to try the cheap route before spending too much.
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Re: Best product to get out branch scratches

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Hey all, I had my '14 Limited out on Martha's Vineyard over the weekend and had to go down some narrow trails/roads to get to the beach and the house we were staying at. Some were so narrow that I could hear the tree branches scraping against the outside of the Jeep, I was only going max around 5 mph but I noticed afterward that I have a few scratches running down the passenger side of the Jeep on the paint and the black fender trim. I'm taking it to get detailed this weekend but if that doesn't work, does any one have any suggestions on how to get them out or what products to use?
Are they actually scratches? I do quite of bit of driving on narrow sand roads with heavy brush and what looks like scratches are not, just marks from the bark of the brush that comes off very easily with fine polish; I use Griot's #3.
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Re: Best product to get out branch scratches

I've had good results using Zaino Z-PC Fusion...it's water based and can be used by hand or machine.

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Thanks for the responses everyone. I will try those out before spending money getting it professionally detailed.
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Re: Best product to get out branch scratches


This is what I would try. Great product available almost anywhere.
I think its the best hand applied product out there
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Re: Best product to get out branch scratches

Yea, when i lived in Texas, we call them Texas Pinstripes! Most of the time, its just the residue from the branches and am able to buff them out. If it breaks the clearcoat, then its much harder to deal with. Hence why I like silver or white vehicles, much less noticeable too. I also carry with me some loppers if i really need to get through some narrow paths.
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