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Old 06-01-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
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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!
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
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Give it a good buffing


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Old 06-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #3
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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.
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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
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
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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?
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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What about when the clear coat is scratch, what would you recommend using to fix that??
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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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.

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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
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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.

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Old 07-22-2012, 04:39 AM   #10
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Got it, thanks for the advice.

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