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Old 09-27-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Car wash scratches

I tried searching. Figured this has been discussed before and I am not using the right search terms.

Picked up our new 2008 Safari Sport 22 this weekend. The dealer washed it before we picked it up. Just noticed all of these swirly scratches on the curb side. They weren't there before. He used one of those car wash foaming bristle brushes. Manual says go with the grain from one end to the other. Apparently he did circles.

I'm new to all of this. Do you think it's only in the clearcoat? Is there an easy fix?

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Old 09-27-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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Try going over it with Walbernize Super Seal, if they still show up hit them with a very light compound like Griot's Fine Hand Polish.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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Ask the dealer how HE wants to handle it.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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I tried searching. Figured this has been discussed before and I am not using the right search terms.

Picked up our new 2008 Safari Sport 22 this weekend. The dealer washed it before we picked it up. Just noticed all of these swirly scratches on the curb side. They weren't there before. He used one of those car wash foaming bristle brushes. Manual says go with the grain from one end to the other. Apparently he did circles.

I'm new to all of this. Do you think it's only in the clearcoat? Is there an easy fix?

thanks!
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:42 PM   #5
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I agree with Not Done. I would be irate. It's up to them to fix it.
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:06 PM   #6
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Pictures would be helpful - but - in their absence - we own a 2002 Bambi (since new) ..... the ONLY time it doesn't show some evidence of "swirls" is after I wax it myself .... with my own elbow grease .... a "wash" always shows swirls ..... whether I do it in the driveway or in the coin-operated wash bay .....



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Old 09-27-2011, 06:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:03 PM   #8
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Many of the RV wash brushes I've seen are basically soft push brooms. They feel slightly scratchy to my hand. The one I use is soft and leaves no swirls. My AS is polished and very willing to show swirls.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:25 PM   #9
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Just be thankful he didn't pressure wash it - to open swaths of quadzillions of pores in the clear coat that age into graffiti in the outline of the spray pattern...
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:38 PM   #10
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I added a few pictures. It looks pretty much the same all around. Maybe I'm being more anal than usual, but it's supposed to be brand spanking new.
Ordered some Walbernize today. We'll see what happens.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:10 PM   #11
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From the looks of that....I would be parked directly on the dealers desk! No excuse here.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #12
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I had a few small "dealer" scratches also. I used that Walbernize and am very impressed with how great my Airstream looks now. Took me 8 hours to wax it, but I was not rushing it either. I don't think my scratch was as bad as your looks in photo tho. I was upset also! I didn't want them to touch my trailer anymore.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:39 PM   #13
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I would be reluctant to take it back to a dealer that put scratches like that on my trailer in the first place, but after seeing the photo I think you need to get some sort of corrective action from the dealer. You are not being anal, those are really obvious and the result of careless and uninformed treatment. I had to rub out some minor scratches that my dealer "customized" my trailer with, but not anywhere near the surface area you are dealing with. I'd insist he job out the repairs to a local detailer who is capable of restoring clear coat, not the same lot person who washed your trailer with steel wool!
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #14
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Use 3M Perfect-It 3000 Swirl Mark Remover it will require a hand held buffer on a lower speed so it keeps the heat down.I suggest contacting a automotive detail shop that does high end cars.You expect 3-4 hours labor ($150-$200)the swirls will be gone.Then apply a good grade of wax.
Everyone has their own opinion on brand and type.
I have been in the automobile business(Lamborghini and Ferrari) for 35 years.I use a high grade carnuba like Meguirs on my Airstream and had great results and I am picky.I buffed mine myself but I have experience and if you do not don't attempt it.

I definitely would not let the clowns at the dealership who did that try to fix it!!It looks to me that they had sand or dirt in the brush they used to wash it or they used a broom on it.
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