Scratch Question - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on
Old 06-01-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 56
Exclamation Scratch Question

Let me just preface by saying I know my new Jeep is going to get scratches, as soon as I take it hunting it will get many...BUT

I recently bought a 2012 Sahara and took it to a car wash bay and scrubbed it down with the brush. After I got done drying it off I noticed spider webbing/surface scratches all over the clear coat. You can run your finger over the scratches and there is no indentation, just on the surface of the clear coat. My question is, what do I need to do to get rid of these "spider webs" or am I SOL? Thanks!

brutusko3 is offline   Quote
Old 06-01-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
zombie & ninja slayer

WF Supporting Member
Redsand's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: southern illinois, no where near chicago (allendale)
Posts: 2,276
Give it a good buffing


"It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again"
Redsand is offline   Quote
Old 06-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #3
kik's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 7,025
Originally Posted by Redsand View Post
Give it a good buffing
This. If that doesn't do it try a good cleaner wax and and go from there. If that doesn't do it try something like Scratch X or a DuPont light scratch removal product. Let the remover do the work. Don't over do it or you can damage the clear coat. Don't use the professional stuff if you've never done this before. If you're not used to using a buffer try by hand first and don't get any on the fenders, unless they're painted, or the black parts.
kik is offline   Quote
Old 06-01-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
Braveheart12JK's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 970
Just an FYI. I used to detail vehicles, and the biggest causer of surface scratches are dirty washing/drying brushes and rags. Never, ever use the car wash bay brushes. If u do t do it in your driveway with super clean sponges and towels of your own, and you use a washing bay, just bring your own sponge or wash mitt and a plastic bag. Soap the Jeep down with the spray gun, then wash it with the mitt or sponge u brought. Squeeze the water off of it when you're done and throw it in the plastic bag. Take it home wash it and you can reuse it. Most public brushes have microscopic dust, dirt and rocks imbedded in them from trucks that they were used on previous to you. That will kill your clearcoat surface
2012 2DR Wrangler Sport, Silver/w dual top. 2.5" Teraflex coil and shock lift with 33" Goodyear Duratracs.
I no longer have my 2012 Jeep. I am now the owner of a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition, Billet Silver.
Life is Good!
Braveheart12JK is offline   Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 50
I have to revive the thread... I love having fun on my JKU, but I also love the look of it and would like to keep the scratches to a minimum, especially after navigating tight trail...

what's the best way?
2012 JKU Sahara., Deep chery red
ks9mm is offline   Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
Raziel's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 786
What about when the clear coat is scratch, what would you recommend using to fix that??
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, M/T

Home, Home Is Where The Heart Is. That Is What They Say. It's Sorrow Is As Sweet To Me As Red Wine...
Raziel is offline   Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
warbird24's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 312
The BEST fix is to take it to a detailer and have them buff it with a good RANDOM ORBITAL Buffer like a Porter Cable XP series. I just recently bought a kit so that I could fix some stuff on my Black Camaro. I am pretty much a novice when it comes to this. Practiced on my WHITE VW Golf and that came out great. No issues. I moved to the Wifes Black Dodge Journey and that came out great. Decided to do the Camaro and the clearcoat needs a second wack at it but it is at least 75% better than what it was. Most folks think I am crazy and say the car is fine, but I know where every blemish and problem area is on this car.

This car is one of the MANY reasons I want back into a Wrangler and SOON!
warbird24 is offline   Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 03:50 PM   #8
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 759
pro detail shop

hi, I would also take it to a pro detail shop, they have seen it all, u may have to drop a few $$ or you can chalk it up an say your jeep is
now broken in, when i wash my jeep i go to a touch less wash, only
water hits the jeep, then air dry...cost about $ 2012 looks
better than ... NEW
firehawk is offline   Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 03:59 PM   #9
Founder, ThumbJeeps

WF Supporting Member
sevenservices's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Mid-Michigan/Thumb
Posts: 3,952
you'll get those marks from buffing as well. There is one step after buffing that may work for you as/is. Rub in some "swirl mark remover" for clear coat. Even after buffing rubbing this in was normal at the body shop I used to work at.

3M™ Perfect-It™ 3000 Swirl Mark Remover
Designed to quickly and effectively remove compound swirl marks from all types of automotive paints, and produce an outstanding high gloss finish. Great for black vehicles. Good handling with easy cleanup. Available in 1 quart and 1 gallon sizes.

Founder, ThumbJeeps

1994 Wrangler YJ I6 4.0 H/O Auto 3 spd. 4" RC (33x12.5) (15x8) 3:54 Gears
sevenservices is offline   Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 04:39 AM   #10
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 56
Got it, thanks for the advice.

brutusko3 is offline   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:31 AM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC