Talk about being 'lucky'...
Good luck with your shedule. I am lucky enough with mild winters in CA so I can polish right on thorugh it. ;-)
My schedule was tight from the word get-go..
We normally keep the "Silver Turtle" at our place in Va Beach..
But, since we hosted a "Buddy Rally" here last weekend, I thought the least we could do was bring our unit back to NE for that. And, while here, I'd take advantage of the ease of working on it while it was here. Our plans are to attend one more rally in NE before returning to Va Beach, VA., late Oct...(if all goes well).
I did like you, at first..Tried to "baby" it as far as scratches goes but, then I saw this long scratch line on the lower portion of the door panel and, figured that the only real way to work it out was to get 'rough' with it. G6 polish compound will do this.(with some work)
While doing that, I noticed that it also clean out those sutle gray, fog discolorations rather nicely~!~!
It certainly left the swirls marking that so many talk about.. You know? Those literally disappeared once you hit it with the C polishing compound..
Then I brought out the Cyclo and, hit it with the F7 compound to make it really shine. If I had the S polish compound on hand, I just wonder how much more shine one could get in it..lol
BTW, once I did it really well with the F7, I then moved the cloth over the heads of the Cyclo to a fresh, clean area and, redid it..
I had this couple from LA., walk up to me at the campsite and, ask if I had just replaced the door panel...lmao...
They asked for and, got a tour inside..I needed a break..
Another little tip, wait for the skin temp to get above 60 degrees before starting any polishing. I'm not sure if that an issue with you, seeing that you're in CA..(you lucky dog)...lol
I also don't plan to do anything if that area is in direct sunlight..
My thoughts on protection was to use "Glass Wax" but, my supplier bottom out on me..So, I'm still open for suggestions in that area..
Good luck to you..~