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Old 04-10-2011, 12:10 PM
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Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

Originally I thought that this was just residue on my paint, but it's not. It wont buff out with any scratch remover, Goo Gone, ...

I only drove the car for about one month this winter (maybe two snow storms), so to me this is a huge disappointment. I did take a long trip in it over highways that had some sand on them though. It was all highway driving, but they use what they call sand (but it's actually gravel) on the roads out here in the winter. This really seems like a pretty major design flaw given that I have had about ten other new cars that have never done this. My 2010 Audi A4 has been through much worse, sits much lower, and still has no signs of anything like this, and either did any of my four other previous GC's.

I do still love my Jeep, it's an amazing car, easily the best SUV I have ever driven. I'm going to replace the factory installed protection film with new film that goes about four inches higher, sticks forward about one inch more, and goes all the way down to the bottom of the door. Luckily most of the damage is on the film rather than the car. The weird thing about this is that the factory film seems to scratch exactly the same way paint would, maybe this is by design so it doesn't stand out.

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:31 PM
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

that is not a design flaw at all. it happens all of the time, happened on all 5 of the cars we own unless extra wax was applied before winter. its more of a mistake you made than chrysler. it will buff out, since you tried goo gone i am assuming you have no idea what you are doing when trying to remove scratches.
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

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that is not a design flaw at all. it happens all of the time, happened on all 5 of the cars we own unless extra wax was applied before winter. its more of a mistake you made than chrysler. it will buff out, since you tried goo gone i am assuming you have no idea what you are doing when trying to remove scratches.
I have softened my response a bit ...

I thought it may have been some type of residue rather than scratches. I just had a hard time believing it could scratch so easily. I also tried buffing with several different scratch removers.

It's obvious that Jeep knows this is an issue or they wouldn't apply the protective film at the factory. They just made two mistakes, it's not large enough and it makes no sense to leave the 1/4" gap at the bottom.

I realize that any car will get this to some degree over time, but it's the fact that the sheet metal is flared out right at this point that makes this much more of a problem with the WK2. It looks really cool, but this flare creates much more of a direct impact with rocks from the front tires. I don't have a single scratch on the front of my car, this is a self-inflicted wound due to the shape of the sheet metal. Jeep is obviously aware of the issue or the film wouldn't be there.

Again, I love this car, it's easily the best SUV I have ever had.

Is it not fare to say anything bad about any aspect of the car on this forum ? I believe that anyone that always gets this on their cars will see it happen much more quickly on the WK2 due to the outward flare in this area.
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

What film around the wheel well are you talking about?
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

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What film around the wheel well are you talking about?
If you take a close look at the picture you will see a clear film that Jeep applies just inside of the green outlined area where the sheet metal is flared out which causes a direct impact with debris from the front tires.
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What film around the wheel well are you talking about?
you can see it in the picture.....albeit a faint line its there inside his green lines.
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

the WK has the same lines in that area
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

I think it might buff out if I get a little more aggressive with the buffer. I just don't want to damage the paint further. I'm using Meguiar's Scratch X2.0 scratch remover and a handheld buffer. It's just hard to know how much pressure to apply, and how long to buff the area for.
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

I remember this being talked about before. A few members had the same problem and the dealer fixed it at no cost. I even heard the dealers applied a large protective sticker to prevent this again.
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

I've lived in CO for 30+ years.....they apply "rocks" to roads in winter. All my new vehicles get a "full wrap" of clear plastic film. The Jeep got the nano wrap. Awesome stuff. Couldn't imagine not applying it to a new car here, especially if you're going to keep it for a while. We got our Jeep the last day of the year, and no issues with paint. The mag chloride, though, does degrade the plastic chrome bits if not washed off promptly. Bruce
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

"Full Wrap" as in everywhere ? I had the front done (hood, front bumper, quarter panel tips, and mirrors). It worked perfectly, but I didn't think to redo this area better. I still can't understand why they leave the gap at the bottom of the film at the factory, this area got hit really badly. I think some rock rails would prevent this, and have been thinking about doing them anyway.
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Re: Sand blasted after 1 month of CO winter driving

We did the front bumper, 12" of hood, over the front wheel wells, and front to back from the bottom of the rocker panels up to the chrome trim. Some folks will also include the side mirrors in a "full wrap," but I didn't. It's not a standard term, so you should be sure what the detail shop considers a full wrap. Bruce
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