I know, paint and body damage is supposed to be some sort of badge of honor, but that doesn't really work for me. Not yet, anyway -- I just made my fourth payment on it.
So I went out to the Ocala National Forest on Saturday with my group, and we went through some pretty tight trails. Didn't get any photos of the worst parts because I was too busy whimpering quietly under my breath as the branches raked across the body panels...
Some of the others got some scratches, but here's the thing: I went into complete obsessive mode, and applied 4 coats of Maguiar's Tech Wax 2.0, each a day apart, in the 4 days prior to the trail ride. In the end, I didn't get a single scratch anywhere (well, maybe a couple of small ones in the plastic fenders, but I don't mind that).
Just thought I'd share. It was a big deal.
The group thinks I'm close to taking the title of Diva Jeep for the level of care I put into its appearance, but (at least for now) the title remains with the guy that details the engine bay of his TJ in between trips.