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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Help! I'm an idiot - took brand new TH through carwash - microscratches everywhere

Hey all, I write this post with a heavy heart and much anxiety. I recently purchased a brand new TH Several days ago I took it through a car-wash that I'd used for awhile with my old car with no problems. Well, yesterday, when the light hit my car just right, I noticed that the entire hood has very faint, long vertical lines going up it No doubt this is from the spinning fabric used by the automatic car wash. The marks look to be very shallow, but there are MANY of them, covering the entire hood. You can only see them when the light hits just right, but they're definitely noticeable in certain instances (for instance, my uncle was the person who pointed the marks out to me in the first place).

I am a total newbie regarding scratch removal, polishing, waxing, etc, but I've done some research online. It sounds like I can either (a) wax the car, to cover up the marks temporarily, or (b) polish the cash to remove the scratches by taking the clear coat down. I'm really worried about the latter option because I've heard removing clear coat is bad and can reduce UV protection, leading to fading and other problems. I plan to take the vehicle to a professional body/detail shop and see what they recommend. But before I do so, I wanted to get the thoughts and advice of this board. What do you guys think? How severe do these scratches sound? Can these scratches be removed? If so, what's the best way to go about doing so?

Thanks for your help. I'm a mess right now! HELP!
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 10:42 AM
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It would help if you could get some pictures.
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It would help if you could get some pictures.
Here are a couple pics. You can see the marks where the light hits the hood. For the most part they're long vertical lines, visible when light hits the hood just right.
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I got some very similar surface scratches all over my TH.. I'm pretty sure I swirled them in by not using a fresh towel to dry it off.. Watching!
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Looks like a job for Meguiar's Scratch-X 2.0 to me. I would apply it by hand, not with a buffing machine. This will require some elbow grease, which you might not like, since you ran your 'hawk through an automated carwash in the first place. But the marks will come out. Finish off with a coat of Turtle Wax Ice spray wax.

And I'd run masking tape on the edge of the "soul patch" on the hood so as not to polish a gloss into the edge of the decal.

And never go near an automated carwash with spinning rags again! Either wash by hand or use a "touchless" automated facility.

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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 12:05 PM
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wow, so sorry, that bites.
I would buff it out by hand. And only use touchless car washes or wash by hand. Good luck.
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Sounds like a good excuse to get the TH clay barred and waxed by a professional detailer.
It won't be inexpensive but it is really labor intensive. Took them all day to do only the exterior.
The TH has really tough clear coat. Seems to do a fairly good job to reduce scratches when driving through tree limbs and briars.

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As a former career detailer, NEVER USE THOSE CAR WASHES they scratch cars , and are horrible for your clear coat . Not to mention they create micro mirroring .

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As mentioned clay bar may do the job. I had bought a Dodge Journey a few years ago and it had "rail dust" on it and the dealer took it to a "professional" and the rail dust was still there. So I learned how to apply clay and did it myself and removed everyone of them. But it might pay you to get a "professional" that you can trust to do the job. I never run my 2016 TH through an automatic car wash--now my 2015 Patriot I do all the time and so far it hasn't hurt it--it is silver and doesn't show anything that I have seen. Obviously, I care more about my TH than the Patriot. (although the Patriot listed for $27,380 so not the cheapest). I am old now and have some problems washing it by hand, but so far I do it. If it gets really dirty I might take it to a self wash car wash and not use their brush but take a sponge and use it on the car to get the dirt loose after spraying it down good and then spraying it again.

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You'll need a rubbing compound , and a good carnauba wax.

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