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Ok, I've only had my Nitro for 2 weeks. It's only been washed twice, and I have ugly swirl marks and scratches. This was done at a hand car wash on both occasions. I guess although microfiber towles were used, they had to be dirty! Does anyone know anything about a scratch remover made by "Nu-Finish"?:thk:
 

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Change car washes and id report to the owner..Ive had mine washed ~4 times and it looks brand new..You sure they are scratches and not wax buildup or just dirt? If not, Id defintely talk with the management and make them correct it..
 

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Which is what I did, but working two jobs doesn't leave me with much time to take it back. I'm just thinking to have it detailed, then just do it myself after that. BTW, the scratches are "light". Clearcoat is still intact.
 

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id never take my nitro (or any other car) to just any shop and especially no automated/drive thru carwash..I dont do t myself right now mainly cause I hate drying it and dont have the time for that now :p There is a local chain here that does the wash entirely by hand and they do a great job..plus they have big blowers to help dry it off..$14 later and my car is shining..they even vacuum out the interior real quick too :)
 

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id never take my nitro (or any other car) to just any shop and especially no automated/drive thru carwash..I dont do t myself right now mainly cause I hate drying it and dont have the time for that now :p There is a local chain here that does the wash entirely by hand and they do a great job..plus they have big blowers to help dry it off..$14 later and my car is shining..they even vacuum out the interior real quick too :)
This is not just "any" car wash. These guy's do cars that average 30k up. I guess they just were a bit careless last time. I took my Caliber there, and never had a problem.
 

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id never take my nitro (or any other car) to just any shop and especially no automated/drive thru carwash..I dont do t myself right now mainly cause I hate drying it and dont have the time for that now :p There is a local chain here that does the wash entirely by hand and they do a great job..plus they have big blowers to help dry it off..$14 later and my car is shining..they even vacuum out the interior real quick too :)
WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE CAR WASH...REMEMBER I AM HERE IN TEXAS
 

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Ok, I've only had my Nitro for 2 weeks. It's only been washed twice, and I have ugly swirl marks and scratches. This was done at a hand car wash on both occasions. I guess although microfiber towles were used, they had to be dirty! Does anyone know anything about a scratch remover made by "Nu-Finish"?:thk:
That's all it takes. Just drop the towel on the ground once. Pick up a couple grains of sand or a little dirt... then rub. I did it once myself... to a Corvette. That taught me. If it hits the ground for even a second it gets thrown away or washed in the washer! Most hand car washes are good about this... but it only takes one mistake to ruin your day.
I used to own a couple body shops though and there is good news. As long as the scratch is in the clearcoat (which it most likely is on a new vehical... and why I'm now a big fan of polishing out the little bit of orange peel "clear coat not completely smooth" on a new paint job) any clearcoat safe scratch remover and some elbow grease across the scratch will polish it out. I use "Scratch Out" by Kit... but Mothers and Meguires have good ones too. Just don't use rubbing compound or old style car polishes. They'll dull your clearcoat to a haze (which "Scratch Out" would also polish back up) but why?
Buy any scratch remover that says safe for clearcoat... and get rubbing. If It's real bad and all over you could have a shop buff it out in about 10 minutes but I bet doing it yourself & then re-waxing will work.
This is a good reason to really wax up your new vehical. A lot of people wait because new looks good... but wax keeps things from getting to the paint like birds, chemicals & scratches. Hope this helps!
 

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That's all it takes. Just drop the towel on the ground once. Pick up a couple grains of sand or a little dirt... then rub. I did it once myself... to a Corvette. That taught me. If it hits the ground for even a second it gets thrown away or washed in the washer! Most hand car washes are good about this... but it only takes one mistake to ruin your day.
I used to own a couple body shops though and there is good news. As long as the scratch is in the clearcoat (which it most likely is on a new vehical... and why I'm now a big fan of polishing out the little bit of orange peel "clear coat not completely smooth" on a new paint job) any clearcoat safe scratch remover and some elbow grease across the scratch will polish it out. I use "Scratch Out" by Kit... but Mothers and Meguires have good ones too. Just don't use rubbing compound or old style car polishes. They'll dull your clearcoat to a haze (which "Scratch Out" would also polish back up) but why?
Buy any scratch remover that says safe for clearcoat... and get rubbing. If It's real bad and all over you could have a shop buff it out in about 10 minutes but I bet doing it yourself & then re-waxing will work.
This is a good reason to really wax up your new vehical. A lot of people wait because new looks good... but wax keeps things from getting to the paint like birds, chemicals & scratches. Hope this helps!
And help it did top gun! You're a very good example of why this detailing forum is needed! Most of the stuff I already knew, lol. But you have reassured me forver! Thanks!
 

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Nitro owners, drying these things is a PITA, I bought an 18volt leaf blower, lite as a feather, blow the water out of those fender groves, louvers on the sides, uder the mirrors and other places, works pretty well. Also I agree Mr. Clean works well and leaves no spots.
 

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top gun how about your thoughts on using a clay bar before waxing?:confused:
Sorry dan if this question was up for awhile.

Yes clay bar works great. I think it can be a little too much like work though... LoL!

I know this will sound funny to a lot of people (normal people) but I've had so many custom & show paint jobs over the last 25 years I'm really happy doing as little as possible unless there's a problem. A scratch or some other blem. I actually even like the little bit of orange peel that's in the factory paint jobs... and that's just weird!

I just hand wash my new vehicle as soon as I get it and immediately put (2) coats of Liquid Luster show car wax on... wheels and all. After that hand wash when it gets at all dirty (I am weird seems like I wash my car everytime I drive it) and re-wax once a year.

But if you need to get something off your paint or you want to smooth it out... clay bar is safe and effective.:cool:
 

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Nitro owners, drying these things is a PITA, I bought an 18volt leaf blower, lite as a feather, blow the water out of those fender groves, louvers on the sides, uder the mirrors and other places, works pretty well. Also I agree Mr. Clean works well and leaves no spots.
Leaf blower... you know I never thought about that. I usually wash my car... drive it around the block to shake some of the water off. Bring it back in and shammy what's left and then do the tires... but I might try the leaf blower just to see how it works. Thanks for the idea! :D
 
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And help it did top gun! You're a very good example of why this detailing forum is needed! Most of the stuff I already knew, lol. But you have reassured me forver! Thanks!
I also purchased "Scratch Out" by Kit, based in a large part on the "testimonials" in this thread from top gun & NitroBilly and was extremely happy with the results. I didn't have swirls so much as what looked like a shopping cart rub along both driver side doors, just above the molding. This stuff did the trick - highly recommended. Thanks again!
 
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