Stock Panel: This is the stock panel before starting the project. I used a trash bag and masking tape to keep from accidentally sanding my tail lights and paint. The bag also helped keep all the wet sanding debris off my paint. I used fingernail polish remover (acetone) to get the paint off the panel. Don't worry if it leaves the surface dull. When you start sanding it'll look worse. I just applied the acetone to a paper towel and rubbed. It comes off really easy. Don't soak the towel down with acetone because you don't want it running down onto your paint. I don't know if it will hurt the paint or not, but theirs no reason to take a chance. Wipe off the acetone and paint, and your ready to start sanding.

Sanding the Panel: After you remove the paint from the panel, you'll see that there is still an indention from the logo. Sanding this area smooth is needed so it looks perfect. I bought package of wet/dry 2000 grit paper at Walmart. Wet the paper and the surface and start sanding. It's a lot easier with a wet surface, so don't let it get dry while you're working. Don't think you screwed up if the surface looks bad. You are scratching it up, but the polish will bring the shine back. I would sand a little, then dry the area off to see the areas I was missing. I sanded in one direction, but I don't know if it matters. Once all edges are sanded down you can move on to the polishing step.

Polishing: This is the step where you will spend most of your time. It's all wasted time if the panel isn't polished up to the way it looked before you started. I used Griot's Garage Fine Hand polish for my first step. Any automotive polish with abrasives will work. Zaino Z2 of Z5 won't work because they contain no abrasives. After the Griot's, I used Zaino Plastic Polish. The Griot's polish was bringing back the shine, but the plastic polish worked quicker. I had to polish the panel multiple times before I was satisfied with how it looked. If you still see scratches, just keep polishing. They will be removed with enough polishing. Mine turned out great, and I saved money by not having to buy a solid panel from the dealer. The only money I had to spend was on the sand paper. It took me about an hour from start to finish. As I said before, most of the time came from the polishing step. This procedure would also work great on the tail lights if they are scratched.

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