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Old 04-14-2015, 06:57 AM
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Scratch X 2.0 and Future Protection Plans

Hi all,

Realistically this post is more prompted by a recent use of Scratch x 2.0 than about the product itself. Sorry for the lengthy story but hey might as well let it all out.

Our jeep is a 2014 Max Steel, we have had it since Nov 2013. It's not garaged and is generally parked outside during the day so by no means a show car. We had dealer protection applied when we brought it as a demo (XPack I think) my wife was well and truly reeled in by the Ming mole but I firmly believe in the happy wife happy life philosophy, anyway I have always noticed good beading and shine from the paint but have also never owned a new car so all I can say is I've always thought it looked "good". The paint is in pretty good nick I feel, very minor swirls only in really bad light and when really looking, mostly micro marring in straight lines from washes I think.

It is predominantly my wife's car and she does a pretty good job looking after it, weekly washes with reasonably wash routine washing the mitt between areas, top down etc and drying with WW mfs etc occasionally it's a touch free wash then dry. When I'm home I usually give it a thorough clean and for a while was using CG hybrid V07 as a drying aid / QD and was happy with the results but never replenished when I ran out a number of months ago. Wash soap is usually megs gold or some NXT 2.0 depending on what's about, me and my FIL run a bit of a communal detailing stock.

After a wash the other day I noticed some new marks minor scratches handbag or shopping trolley maybe also noticed that handily my FIL had brought some Scratch X 2.0 for me to try or so I decided. So I applied to the scuffs and minor scratches and at first was a bit disappointed by some marring left on the finish, I then swapped from Terry Towelling to a foam applicator (cheap nasty yellow freebie with turtle wax) and really hooked into it as per some you tube advice, I was quite pleased with the correction and resulting finish after properly breaking down the product then a light buff. No mess and really easy to buff off with a MF. With a DA I think it would have impressive correction power.

I then was leaving for work early the next morning and noticed the patches where I had polished were not Dewey as seen in the pics ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1429006907.741274.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1429006927.129981.jpg

Anyway I haven't waxed or polished the car since we got it (naughty I know) but honestly it looks pretty darn good beads well and is always easy to clean off bugs etc besides that I'm not home that often. I'm thinking the Scratch X has obviously removed what ever protection was on the paint be it from the wash and wax, the V07 (unlikely as I haven't used it for a while) or the originally paint protection applied to the car either way I'm not that worried about where the protection was from.

So my very vague, long-winded and wandering question is what next. I feel like I'm in a bit of limbo, where I love how my car looks but can see times irreversible March working its magic.

- buy some spray or other sealant to top up the protection and shine, and leave it at that till I can afford and justify a detail with paint correction and protection

- buy a Rockwell DA and some pads and products and try an AIO or one step polish with a sealant and hope the investment prompts me to make the time to a do a full detail DIY ( I tend feel DA and product monies might be better saved for a pro detail or until I can get a full kit with a bit more quality)

- try a mild hand polish and sealant something like KAIO or other AIO I just wander if I will get the results by hand to justify my time and effort

- rush out for a detail and paint correction to get the swirls and marring off my beautiful jeep with a coating of some sort (In my heart my first choice but the head, the wife and the wallet don't seem to agree)

Any other course of action you feel like discussing to be honest I'm hoping for a bit of broad discussion which might help others in this situation.

I'm thinking of Adams products as they get such good reviews at a minimum I think I'll grab the Adams spray and some more MFs for my collection.

Sorry for putting you through that novel it just kept coming.

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Old 04-14-2015, 08:44 AM
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Re: Scratch X 2.0 and Future Protection Plans

Wow, so many questions where do we start . . .

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Sorry Hemi, as I said it all just came out.

Only really one question the rest is just background. Might shorten it if I get time tonight :shrugs:
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Re: Scratch X 2.0 and Future Protection Plans

IME compounding and polishing the whole Jeep by hand requires too much time and elbow grease and at the end you'll not get the best results! And you better not waste your money on cheap DA and pads, save the money and effort till you can get a good DA, pads, polishes, coating and whatever else needed to do the full detail to your satisfaction..

For now you can do some easy steps for the looks and protection:

- Decontamination: Since your Jeep is 1.5 years old, I think this step is important now.. Try IronX then clay with Nanoskin towel/mitt (much easier and faster than traditional clay bar).

- Protection: Get a WOWA sealant (Wipe On Walk Away) like Blackfire Crystal Seal or Optimum Opti-Seal, they're very easy to use and time saving products.. Protection won't last more than 3-4 months I think but this is not a problem since application is easy and price is reasonable.

- Quick Detailer: Get the matching QD (Blackfire Polymer Spray or Optimum Instant Detailer) for quick touch up and to enhance the shine and protection after wash.. Or you can get one versatile product (like ONR, UWW+ or GD IUDJ) that can be used as rinseless wash, waterless wash, clay lube and QD.. I personally prefer UWW+ for the slickness and gloss..
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