Well unfortunately I have a lot of scratches on my car's roof, hood, and rear deck lid. From a few feet away you can't see them, but up close it looks like the car was wiped with an abrasive brush. I think what caused it was hasty snow/ice removal in the winter. There doesn't appear to be any kind of clearcoat failure (as posted in the thread on that topic). These are definitely scratches.
Anyway, my first attempt to get rid of the scratches was with the Deep Crystal paint cleaner. That didn't work so I tried Scratch X 2.0 and applied to a test spot. After a few applications with "passion" there was little improvement if any. I thought for sure the Ultimate Compound would do the trick but no luck with that either. Again I did 3 applications and the test area still looks the same as the other affected areas. All my applications were done by hand using a foam applicator pad.
So I'm thinking my next step is to try the M105 Ultra Cut compound or wet sand (followed by compound), then polish and wax. I'm certainly no detailing expert but I have conquered a couple paint catastrophies with my car so I've learned a thing or two, but this seems like a really challenging task. It would be my guess that these scratches are fairly deep in the clearcoat and that the clearcoat itself is fairly hard.
I'm thinking I have no other options but to break out the big guns and do the wet sanding or the ultra cut. I don't have a rotary or orbital buffer so I will either give in and buy one or do the work by hand. Hopefully I can figure out how to post pics here...
Any thoughts on what I should do and why? Thanks in advance!!!