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First scratch, after 8 months FML

After 8 months of scratch free paint, I got our first scratch. This caused me to go into hyper inspection mode. Found two more door dings and scratches. What's wrong with folks, can they not keep their hands off my ride.

I think I can buff it out, thoughts?ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1428799667.590371.jpg


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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

When I got my windows tinted I noticed a scratch above the chrome strip on door. Of coarse they said they didn't do it. I didn't notice it till I washed it a couple days later and the owner of the place use to also own a detail some and offered to try and buff it out. It's less but it's still there. Went to body shop and they said its best to forget it's there unless u want to spend a crap ton of money to fix it. But for rock chips and maybe that scratch I picked up that dr. colorchip product. I haven't tried it yet since I am waiting for it to warm up more to get first hand wash of the year after winter. But I feel you people just don't care for other people's property let alone there own.
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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

The wife saw it, I don't get how that happens its on the top flat edge of the front passenger fender.

We deliberately park far from other cars, and for the most part stay away from poorly parked cars.

I saw the dr color chip, also I saw a 3M system for buffing. Need to give her a real good wash/clay and then figure out what to do. Hopefully I can make it less obvious!


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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

If the scratch goes away when you get it wet you might have a chance. It indicates that it is only in the clear coat. If it's deeper no amount of buffing or polishing will save you. You'll have to add color and clear coat at that point. I might call detailed or body shop and get their take on it. Good luck with it. It really sucks when you take such great care of a vehicle only to have some idiot damage it.


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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

if you run your nail perpendicular to the scratch and it doesnt catch then its a good chance it will buff
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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

Some jerk at the car wash stood on the "no Step" side molding behind the rear door on my SRT. and broke off about 5 clips and the plastic rivet that attach it, of course they didn't say anything and I discovered it a few days later. A proper repair would call for a new body length molding and a day or two at the body shop having it painted to match and installed...... So i just found away to replace the rivet with a 1/2'' bolt, and drilled and installed about 5 screws to re attach it, I did it to both sides, hopefully this will also strengthen it incase some other wing nut ever stands on it......also discover that when I took all the lug nuts off my Spyder Monkey wheel, it was still frozen to the rotor and wouldn't budge, even a rubber mallet wouldn't help, nor two people pulling on it....Had to spray it with "Freeze Off" let it sit, and then it took two of us to get it loose, glad I didn't need to remove it somewhere on the side of the road...just an FYI
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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

That's sucks. Nothing like taking it in to pretty it up and getting in back broken. I'd take it back to the car wash And see if they'll do anything for you. They'll probably just deny it, but you might get lucky.

With the wheels I've had good luck putting a thin layer of anti seize compound on the back side of the hub where it meets the rotor. I haven't tried it on my SRT yet but has worked well on my other vehicles with aluminum wheels.


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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

Thanks, I should have applied some anti seize before I put it back, but I didn't really think of it at the time.... I figured if I went back to the car wash, if they did agree to fix it I would have to give up my car again for a few days, and then I would also be concerned that the repair shop could correctly match up the paint, I thought about it, and will tell them next time I'm there, but I felt that I could repair it faster, stronger, and no paint matching required, the added screws are barely noticable.... So I guess I'm lucky overall.... Been using this same car wash almost daily for a couple of years now with no other problems, but it just takes one guy to not pay attention and screw things up
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I've never had much luck getting a good color match on repair jobs, especially metallics. Even white can be challenging. Having it repaired also exposes it to some other knuckle head as well.


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Right on, thats exactly how I feel
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Re: First scratch, after 8 months FML

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Some jerk at the car wash stood on the "no Step" side molding behind the rear door on my SRT. and broke off about 5 clips and the plastic rivet that attach it, of course they didn't say anything and I discovered it a few days later. A proper repair would call for a new body length molding and a day or two at the body shop having it painted to match and installed...... So i just found away to replace the rivet with a 1/2'' bolt, and drilled and installed about 5 screws to re attach it, I did it to both sides, hopefully this will also strengthen it incase some other wing nut ever stands on it......also discover that when I took all the lug nuts off my Spyder Monkey wheel, it was still frozen to the rotor and wouldn't budge, even a rubber mallet wouldn't help, nor two people pulling on it....Had to spray it with "Freeze Off" let it sit, and then it took two of us to get it loose, glad I didn't need to remove it somewhere on the side of the road...just an FYI
If the wheel gets frozen again, just loosen each lug a couple of turns, then let the weight of the vehicle down on it. That will break it loose.
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The wife saw it, I don't get how that happens its on the top flat edge of the front passenger fender.

We deliberately park far from other cars, and for the most part stay away from poorly parked cars.

I saw the dr color chip, also I saw a 3M system for buffing. Need to give her a real good wash/clay and then figure out what to do. Hopefully I can make it less obvious!


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Ummm..does your wife ever set her purse down on the car...ie fender?
It has been my experience that woman's purses often are set down on fenders and when they pick them up, they tend to "drag" a bit and scratch cars. Ask me how I know this LOL
mind you, I wasn't doing too much chuckle at the time. And if not your wife, then someone else did something similar.
On a side note, I am also leery of snow brushes...bristles get covered in snow and then freeze up. Wife sweeps snow off car and presto....little scratches. It is why I buy the brushes that have the rubber squeegee thing on one side...I NEVER use the bristle side.
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