View Full Version : Preventing Scratches

25-11-08, 09:30 PM
Hey Guys,

Just wondering what everyone's doing to prevent getting scratches when out 4x4ing, i find that alot of tracks have overhanging bushes and shrubs that always seem to scratch my pajero, i cut / polished it once, but dont wanna polish off all the clear coat.



25-11-08, 09:37 PM
polish it before u go out, yeah it sounds crazy but apparently it does the trick

26-11-08, 09:03 AM
Wear the badges with pride:D I havn't found any thing that really works and as I do alot of bush stuff I'm over it. I did see once some trucks had those plastic skins that stick onto the side of the fourby, they look silly but they may work. I'm not sure how good they are but you peal them off when you get home. Not sure what they are called sorry.

savage pajero
26-11-08, 10:17 PM
Buy some quality polish, some open weave cloth and a bottle of your favorite poison as it helps lubricate the elbow grease and reduce the ouch factor after a fun day out in the scrub.

29-11-08, 04:34 PM
I have the sure fire fix for this kind of problem.

I get the wife to walk in front of the car with some pruning shears and she clears the path for me. She's a trooper eh!!

savage pajero
29-11-08, 05:38 PM
You guys are obviously still in the honeymoon period of your relationship eh?

29-11-08, 05:50 PM
Another vote here for a polish before you go out. I use Turtle Wax cause it's got a hard shell :D.

30-11-08, 08:48 AM
Yep, build up a good layer of decent quality wax (Mcgueris etc).

The scratches then polish out of the wax, rather than the scratches getting into your clearcoat.

30-11-08, 09:54 AM
There is a discussion on some preventative coating here:

30-11-08, 03:57 PM
The magnetic sheeting that printers use to make stick on signs apperntly works?

07-12-08, 06:56 PM
Hey Guys,

After a weekend of 4x4ing through bush tracks here and there, I noticed that after washing the pajero i saw LOTS and LOTS of fine scratches and a fair few deep ones, i can tell you it made me want to cry right then and there, after a bit of reading this and that on the internet, i decided to go with everyones advice and build up a thick layer of wax on the car.. but which one?

I shopped around for a bit and after reading lots of reviews, settled on a range of products, I ended up with:
1. 2 bottles of turtle wax platinum shine.
2. 1 bottle of turtle wax ICE liquid clay bar
3. 1 bottle of kitten cut / polish.
4. 2 applicators, a bag of rags and a few polishing cloths
5. 16 bottles of powerade, 13 blue 3 purple, and 6 bottles of gatorade all purple. (it was a bloody hot day and a little too early for beer).

Ended up starting with very little hope in getting any of the scratches out, but after over an hour of cut / polishing EVERYTHING on the car, I can tell you I was extremely impressed with the minimal amount of scratches (98% gone) but it lacked the protection and shine that a good layer of quality wax could provide, having bought the ICE liquid claybar earlier on in the day i though i might as well give it a try, after applying and removing, i wasnt all that impressed with the result so i went digging through the shed and found 2 bottles on platinum shine, i took one bottle / applicator and my nan the other and we each waxed a side of the pajero, after about 30 mins of this (so much quicker with 2 people) we finished and armoralled just about anything plastic we could find on the outside, after all that I was EXTREMELY IMPRESSED with the end result paint was noticeably shinier and so much smoother (it feels like silk, literally) , just had to share the final result with everyone, over the next few weekends, i will be putting more and more wax on until its thick enough to withstand the harsh aussie outback.




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07-12-08, 07:09 PM
Now you know the secret can you come and do mine:D. Actually that is a very impressive shine on that Paj.
Good for you!
Dunno about all that Powerade though.

10-12-08, 01:19 PM
What about deep scratch removal down to the base coat?


10-12-08, 02:34 PM
Wash 1-2 times a year, clay bar and carnuba wax once every 12-18 months and get someone else to cut and polish it before selling it works for me. Wax seems to prevent a lot of scratches from blackberry, trees, etc but scratches are ineviatable as it's not a show pony.:lol9[1]:

11-12-08, 10:01 AM
I had the lower trim line down painted with Rhino Hide on my Raider (Gen I) in the U.S. Rhino Hide is a poyurethane product painted on pickup truck beds to protect them. I do a fair amount of driving in sagebrush over there and it's worked well. Here my NJ has a crappy plastic layer from the trim line down. The vehicle is new to me, so I don't know what the deal is with the plastic.