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Old 11-28-2006, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Scratches on wood trim

Hi Guys,

The wood trim surrounding the gear lever in my car has very fine scratches on it. Any ideas on how to fix this. Its distracting as the rest of the wood trim in my car is in extremely good condition.

Thanks for the help.
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The wood is covered by a plastic laminate of some kind that scratches very easily. So far, mine looks pretty good, but I only use a clean microfiber cloth to occasionally dust it. I think you need a very fine polishing compound to remove anything deep.

This has already been discussed on the Detailing and Car Care forum, and a search for "wood" should probably find it for you.

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I would color sand it, then spray clear cote, then polish. It will look brand new. Please consult proffesional painters.
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Wood Or Plastic

The center console looks like real wood - any actually know if it is - how about the contoured piece in the dash - is that actually real wood veneer?
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Question Real wood

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The center console looks like real wood - any actually know if it is - how about the contoured piece in the dash - is that actually real wood veneer?
I checked on the Detailing forum to refresh my memory. A guy on there said it is lacquered wood, not a plastic laminate, as I mistakenly said earlier.

As far as I know, it is real wood, with walnut being the most common. On some models you can get bird's eye maple (black-looking and standard on AMGs) and also poplar.
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Hi Guys,

The wood trim surrounding the gear lever in my car has very fine scratches on it. Any ideas on how to fix this. Its distracting as the rest of the wood trim in my car is in extremely good condition.

Thanks for the help.
Mine's the same way, and I've always been very careful so I don't even know how the scratches got there. Someone once suggested Lemon Pledge, which I have used. It seemed to help, but certainly didn't make it look brand-new...
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Scratch-X

Think of your interior wood like the outside paint.
Use a swirl remover, paint cleaner, or Scratch-X, followed by a good wax.
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