I’ve had my Jeep for about a year now and it hasn’t had the best life. (It’s over 10 years old, it’s my daily in the winter, I drive it any time it rains, etc.) I’ve taken it off-roading and it was the vehicle used to pull a heavy trailer loaded up with all my stuff when I moved.
If you’re reading this you already know that I am very particular when it comes to paint condition so driving this vehicle around with swirls and scratches seemed a bit hypocritical. The reason I waited so long to undertake a full paint correction is because once I get the paint in good condition (for this vehicle), I would feel on edge every time I drive it. I’ve decided to get over that fear and understand that it is what it is. My goal is for a 80% result and I am willing to take on the risks of scratches from there. I’m sick of looking at the abused paint. Here goes nothing!
Paint Condition & Thoughts:
For anyone into detailing, I can confidentially say that the condition was just plain bad! The paint had it all: swirl mark marring, random deep marring, a handful of deep scratches, water spots, and buffer marks / holograms. Thankfully the color Beryl Green didn’t show it all unless there was bright sun focused on the area. I’m just glad it’s not black!
When I took it off-road, there were some trees that brushed up against the sides of the vehicle. I was able to get most of these out, but a few on each side did not come out. Part of the reason I couldn’t get them out it is that the product / pad combo wasn’t aggressive enough for this medium paint. The other reason is that a few were too deep to safely remove at my skill level. The key is to know your limits. I would much rather have this car 70% – 80% perfect in most lights instead of anything less than that because I took on a situation I could not confidently manage. I should point out that the scratches from the trees were horizontal on the sides of the vehicle. That being said, they are harder to see than the holograms that I was able to get out. Again, this is a daily that sits outside and gets driven when the weather is bad or I have to haul stuff. The goal is not perfection here, but I do want to be able to drive it without feeling embarrassed.
Some of the marks on the sides are water streaks and spots, but there are a lot of swirls all over. Not to mention the long scratches from the trees!