How in Hades Does One Remove Scratches From Victory Black Paint
I have 23,000 (+ or -) hard miles on my CCT. Unfortunately the condition of the BLACK paint reflects the miles. I have done pretty good taking care of the finish… kept it clean and waxed, only ever used the best microfiber cloths. This has sufficed for all of my previous bikes. But for some reason this bike has not kept it’s shine like the previous rides. There are several places where bug guts have amazingly stained the black paint and there are a billion minor scratches all over it.
So a couple of weeks ago I decided I was going to do something about this problem. I got some 3M rubbing compound “Scratch Remover 2.0” and a 3-step Tutrlewax kit especially for black paint. The 3M rubbing compound has a cutting scale of 3, so it is moderately aggressive. I already had some Maguire’s “Ultimate Compound” that is basically a chemical paint cleaner and some Auto Klass that is an acrylic paint sealant. The Klass does a good job sealing the paint and making is super easy to the bugs off.
I started on a Monday by washing the bike thoroughly. Then I used the Ultimate Compound to remove the old wax. Rubbed the whole bike down twice by hand over a couple of days with the 3M rubbing compound. Hit it hard a third time concentrating on the areas that had the most visible damage. Unfortunately the scratches and swirls would not rub out. Most didn’t even seem to be affected. I was tired of rubbing already and was getting nowhere despite all my efforts, so I moved on to the Turtlewax. Used their detailer spray to remove any rubbing compound residue, then applied “Step 1” the glaze, buffed that out good, and let it cure for a day. Next evening I started with “Step 2” which is the detailer to remove any glaze residue, then applied “Step 3” which the wax, and buffed. Let that cure for a day and buffed again real good before using the detailer again. Last coat was the Auto Klass sealant. Then buffed and buffed to get all that stuff off.
As one would expect after a 20 step waxing process the shine was awesome. Rich, deep, black super shiny abyss of almost mirror black from 5 feet. But if you get close or the light hits from just the right angle you can still see all one billion little scratches, accompanying swirls, and bug stains.
Damn, what gives? Is this just futile with black paint? Maybe I need a custom paint job that is not black?