Removing scratches and maintaining the clearcoat and body of car

Tiny
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  • 2010 HONDA ODYSSEY
  • 21,000 MILES
Hello,

I was wondering what the best scratch remover is to apply to our 2010 Honda Odyssey EX? Do I have to apply any wax or polishing compound after using the scratch remover? Can I use a scratch remover over the entire body of the van? How do I maintain the clearcoat?

I also have one more question regarding the headlights. I noticed that after driving for several hours through very heavy rain, there is a thin and stubborn film over the top of the headlights. I haven't applied any soap or water yet, but couldn't remove it with a dry cloth. Does driving through long periods of heavy rain or sunlight ultimately cause damage to the plastic over the headlights and the van's paint and clearcoat? Is there a special cleaner and wax for headlights and tail lights?

What is the best I can do to maintain the body and headlight covers of the van? Thanks.
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 AT 11:19 AM

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Tiny
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When it comes to scratch removal, you need to be very careful. What these products do is remove very thin layers of the clear coat to a depth beneath the scratch. Then a polish is applied followed by wax. There are too many scratch removal products on the market to count or rate which is the best. However, the ones that work are usually the ones used by professionals because they know what they're doing. If you apply a scratch remover incorrectly, you stand a very good chance of ruining your paint job. If you cut into the basecoat, that area will forever appear duller than the surrounding area.
The scratch removers not used by the professionals are tend to be the ones that don't live up to the advertisements. As for maintaining your clear coat, that's what a wax does. The more frequently you apply a good wax, the longer your clear coat will stay clear.
If you're sure you want to tackle the scratches on your vehicle, try Meguiars Scratch X because the have a complete product line from scratch remover to polish to wax.

As for your headlights, I really can't explain why there would be a film over the plastic after driving in a hard rain, unless you were driving behind a truck on the highway and maybe some oil got sprayed on the front end. All plastic pieces on your vehicle will eventually deteriorate due to oxidation, weathering and scratching. Meguiars also sells a plastic polish with a buffer that you can use to remove any of those effects as well as a plastic wax to protect them.
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 AT 11:49 AM
Tiny
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Thanks a lot for your advice. I think I am gonna apply only Meguiar's Ulimate Paste wax. Do I need to apply the blue tape along all of the borders of the painted area, including the glass and headlights? How frequently should I apply a wax?
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 AT 6:24 PM
Tiny
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Sorry it took me so long to respond to your follow-up question. I've been off line for a couple days. As for the product you choose to use, I only recommended Meguiar's because the make a complete line of detail products from A-Z. Keep in mind, that is only my opinion, and there's plenty of other quality waxes available.

With Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax, you do not have to tape off any areas, though that might save you a little time when it comes to removing the wax.

Also, make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the bottle, and that goes for how frequently to apply their products. With all waxes, it won't hurt to apply them more often than what's recommended, but it would cost you money unnecessarily. If you frequently drive on gravel or dirt roads, then you definitely should make an application more often than if you only drove on paved streets. That also goes for if birds like to single your car out as a nice place to use the bathroom!

Good luck.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 1:26 PM
Tiny
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Okay thanks.
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Sunday, June 16th, 2013 AT 9:00 PM

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