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Scratch Repair On Clearcoat?

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Recently scratched the clearcoat finish on a new Duckett rod by hanging a crankbait on the horribly-placed hookholder.  The blank is white, and the scratch is not deep enough to mar that, but I'd like to know of any methods to remove and repair/hide the jagged scratch.

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Just add a coat of thread finish to the area where the crankbait hangs. That will protect the blank from future hook assaults. When I build a rod for trebel baits, I put a coat like that to protect the paint.

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Understand what you are proposing, but my interest is first and foremost to repair existing scratch.  To prevent future occurrence is the easy part: I will no longer hang trebles from hookholder. 

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Clear fingernail polish?

 

I've never tried it, so i'm not sure if it would react with any of the materials on the rod or not.

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Understand what you are proposing, but my interest is first and foremost to repair existing scratch.  To prevent future occurrence is the easy part: I will no longer hang trebles from hookholder.

What I proposed will repair it. Once coated, you will not be able to tell it was there, unless it was through the paint.

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Clear fingernail polish?

 

I've never tried it, so i'm not sure if it would react with any of the materials on the rod or not.

 

 

I don't recommend that, nail polish can melt on a hot sunny day

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Certainly thought about fingernail polish, or perhaps better yet, a light application of polyurethane.  A local friend and rodbuilder advised to leave it be, that attempting to repair would only make scratch more visible.  Obviously that is not the advice I was seeking.   Thought I'd look for other diagnoses/solutions.   As sanding WOULD enlarge problem, I am wondering if there might be a product out there that would FILL the small scratches, thereby making them less visible.

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Yes, epoxy as mr. Hovanec stated will repair and protect.

 

X3.  Your current and future problems will be solved.  

 

Mark, the reason you can see a scratches in clear coat is the flat edge in the clear coat caused by the hook changes the path the light travels as it goes thought the epoxy.  If you will just add another coat, then the flat edge disappears.  

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Lee,

Thank you for your input.  I enjoy absorbing all the information being provided.  And I might have understated the scratch.  It's probably closer to a gouge; a jagged gouge.  I detail cars, and I'm familiar with removing small scratches from auto finishes.  This, however, is different territory for me.  I don't imagine there is a complete remedy that will make it disappear, but I thought I might improve its appearance.  A fill of some sort, that dries smooth, clear and glossy.   Entertaining all suggestions.

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Certainly thought about fingernail polish, or perhaps better yet, a light application of polyurethane.  A local friend and rodbuilder advised to leave it be, that attempting to repair would only make scratch more visible.  Obviously that is not the advice I was seeking.   Thought I'd look for other diagnoses/solutions.   As sanding WOULD enlarge problem, I am wondering if there might be a product out there that would FILL the small scratches, thereby making them less visible.

 

 

Three highly respected rod builders gave you the same advice. Hard to understand why your friend the rod builder advised you to leave it be.

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Might not be THAT good a friend?  Did feel as if I was being blown off, to be perfectly honest.  That's why I'm posing the question....

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Lee,

Thank you for your input.  I enjoy absorbing all the information being provided.  And I might have understated the scratch.  It's probably closer to a gouge; a jagged gouge.  I detail cars, and I'm familiar with removing small scratches from auto finishes.  This, however, is different territory for me.  I don't imagine there is a complete remedy that will make it disappear, but I thought I might improve its appearance.  A fill of some sort, that dries smooth, clear and glossy.   Entertaining all suggestions.

 

 

Put another coat on it.  It will fix it.

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If it's not into the paint you can sand it lightly with 400 or finer before recoating just don't go deeper than the clear.

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