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Default Cleaning my Baby - and getting rid of her scratches

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So, I set out to clean my new XC 8 Ball this week. It was a very sunny day, and I did the 'normal' routine of cleaning a bike. I used a new clean sponge, and used Armour-all Wash and Wax Ultimate Shine on her.

Afterwards, I used a clean cotton rag to wipe her down. I couldn't believe the scratches (swirl scratches) in the paint! Not to mention the book scuffs that I put on her when I first got her!

Now, I did a search on this awesome site, and found a very good thread on cleaning the bike here:

My question is... how do I reduce these scratches/scuffs that are already there? Should I use a buffing compound, and an orbital buffer (I only have a orbital sander, so I would have to go out and get a buffer). Is there a solution that doesn't entail a new piece of equipment?

And of course... as always.... thanks in advance!
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I have read somewhere that the compound buffing is more beneficial.
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When used to care and wanted my vehicles to look perfect I discovered Eagle One Nano Wax products which work like a charm.

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No matter whose products you use, start with the least aggressive and work your way up. Stick with one product line and keep to the DIY products. Leave the heavier removal products to the pro's.

Alternatively, take it to a detail shop and let them do it properly. It doesn't cost that much.
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Victory BLACK is notorious for light scratches and swirl marks . I had a black Hammer , mine was no different .

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of the surface, then light polishing compound by hand or

, then your choice of wax or sealant. Maintain in between times with your choice of detail spray. I like Lucas Slick Mist but I'm sure the Meguiar's version (and others) is as good and maybe even better. The detail spray is also a good lubricant when using the clay bar. Anyone with a dark glossy paint job should occasionally do this process to keep your bike (or car) looking showroom great and help the clear coat do its job of protecting the substrate layers.

The absolute top of of the line choice by most detail pros for the top coat is

. Expensive but worth it and one can will last years for one bike.

For black it's really important to use the clay bar with detail spray as the lubricant. If the clay falls on the floor or ground; throw it away and get another piece. It's almost guaranteed the grit in the clay will scratch the clear coat badly. Maybe even down to the color coat which means color sanding, re-spraying clear coat on, wait a week or two, then buff. If that does happen there are excellent 2 part clear coats available in a rattle can. It's also great to use on lots of small fixes on our cars. You can literally buy a ready mixed match color in a rattle can for your car from Dupli-color then follow up with the spray can clear coat with some really fantastic results for those who are comfy with small DIY jobs.
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Use the ( cotton rag or towel) for wiping your hands.
Buy quality microfiber towels. One for wax on one for wax off. Even use one for washing. Sponge can have dirt trapped in it.
Wax in straight lines not circles. According to house of colors don't wax period. With today's paint your better off using a spray detailer. Today's paints do not need moisturisers like the old lacquer and enamels needed.
If your paint surface feel coarse to the touch buy Mothers clay bar it works great.
Look for wax or detailer that says " anti static" that will help prevent dust from settling on bike. Wax creates static which draws dust. Get a california duster they have small ones. Great for dusting off your bike.
Wash your microfiber towels but never put them in dryer. Fabric softeners have petroleum in it and now your towels will streak. Let them drip dry
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Wow, I can't believe the information you guys are sharing... THANKS! This has seriously been very beneficial...

And to be honest... this morning was the first time I've ever even heard of using clay on a car/motorcycle... Where the hell have I been???
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Silly question, but what's the difference between Meguiar's G17216 Ultimate Compound and Meguiar's G19216 Ultimate Polish?

Consistency? Price?

Thanks again for all the great information... I know what I'll be doing this weeken
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