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My 17 year old self cannot think straight some times.. I was removing the then ruined silver pinstripes, and, after removing it with a plastic razors and goo gone, i noticed glue residues under. I tried with every microfiber towel possible and goo gone but the adhesive wouldnt come off. I had the amazing idea of grabbing the green side of a kitchen sponge and rub it while raining. When everything dried up after a storm, the whole length of the car on both sides revealed little scratches a d swirl marks and some parts where i went harder showed a little lighter paint color. I think it’s clear coat damage only because in the rain i cant see any scratches, same reason why i didnt realize all the damage i was causing. I was thinking of 5000 sandpaper and polisher. Any idea? I hate when my ride isn’t perfect and they really bother me.
 

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Yeah, I would wet sand high grit to make it uniform followed by compound then polish. I took pinstripes off mine with no issue (3 month old car) but still getting the residue off alone was some work rubbing. Do yourself a favor and borrow or buy a DA buffer and save you some wear and tear. It will also probably polish up nicer.
 

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Green scotchbrite is the equivalent of 600grit sandpaper. Given that the scratches go away when wet, it is clearcoat damage. You can easily fix it, here's a good DIY video (plenty more if you want to look, but this guy does things simply):

 
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