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2014 paint question

Have a month old jeep and loving it. After washing it today I noticed one cloudy spot in the paint (brilliant black) on the left rear fender just behind the passenger door. It is somewhat shaped like a upside down nike symbol and about 5-7cm long. It only has 500 miles and sits mostly in a garage. I looked for past threads but did not have much look. I didn't know if this was something simple that I can fix and if not is it to late to have the dealer take a look at. Any helpful hints on how to fix this would be much appreciated. Thx.
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Re: 2014 paint question

Would you say it almost looks like an oil smudge (like from fingers or a hand) that looks like it's under the clearcoat?
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Re: 2014 paint question

Yes, you described it perfectly.
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Re: 2014 paint question

I have two of these spots on my 2014; one on the passenger side door near the window, another on the right front fender.

Personally, I've decided to ignore them for now. You can only see them when the sun is shining directly on it (and it's actually been a while since I even noticed them), it looks pretty much like the real finger/hand prints elsewhere on the car, and I'm afraid of it being made worse. If, in a couple years, my Jeep accumulates several paint issues from years of driving and I decide they bother me, I might take it in to a good detailer and have them work on everything at once including the spots, assuming it can even be worked on.

That said, you (and I) should definitely still be under warranty for it. However I would recommend at least some caution before having a dealership actually work on it. At minimum, be sure to take good before photos right before you take it in. My personal experience with dealership detailers: my Jeep dealer said they'd have their "detailer" work on some other paint issues that existed upon delivery, these spots actually being one of them. Well their "detailer" did a terrible job, failing to address most of the issues in two attempts (including these spots), and poorly addressing the others. Of course, not all dealerships are the same, but I have read from people who seem to know what they're doing (like over at Autopia) that dealership "detailers" in general usually suck.

What you might want to do is find a knowledgeable detailer or two in your area and see what they have to say about that spot first, get an estimate, and then go from there. (You could also ask on the Autopia forums -- they've got lots of knowledgeable people, including lots of professional detailers, over there) . Ultimately, it being a new car, you may still decide to go through a dealership to have it fixed to cover your butt, but at least you'll be armed with knowledge, and maybe you can even request they take it to the detailer of your choice if it makes you feel more comfortable. I was actually finally able to convince my dealership to let me take my Jeep to the detailer of my choice and have the dealership foot the bill (although I ultimately decided to just let the issues go).

Sorry for the long-winded post but I hope that helps, and if you do take it in, be sure to keep us posted as far as what they say and what the results are!
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Re: 2014 paint question

thank you! I'll check out autopia and head to the dealer later this week.
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Re: 2014 paint question

I ended up taking it to a local detailer. He wet sanded the area, washed, clay barred, polished it. I had them apply Cquartz on it as well. It looks perfect. The brilliant black really looks good now. That spot is gone and I am a happy camper.
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