Originally Posted by EasyDuzzit
Ahh- that makes sense. I will take it to the dealer at least for a "teaching moment" and I will not let them touch the truck. I suppose even if they offered to repaint the hood, I'd risk them half-as-ing it.
I have a good washing set-up, including clay and lube, and I bought a Griot's 6" Random Orbital polishing machine (I didn't notice that most people are talking about dual-action machines- ought I send this one back and upgrade?). I have orange and white pads in the mail along with Meguiar's 105 and 205. I haven't decided on a finish yet, but I'm leaning toward a good sealer. I have a beat up Vanagon that I figured I'd practice on. I could also hire a professional to just smooth out the scratches and let me do the rest?
Thanks for the feedback!
Yea, most people recommend dual-action instead of RO. I personally have the Porter Cable machine and it works pretty nicely. I figure I'll eventually upgrade to flex, but plan on using the PC for a nice little while still. It's about 3 years old and I've done some great stuff with it! I'm not too familiar with the Griots 6" RO, but I do know I read to get a dual action when I was getting into it.
Sounds like you are definitely on your way to taking care of the truck! If only you weren't given this set-back, you'd be in great shape. I would recommend not doing it yourself if wet sanding is needed - too high of a risk and experience is key.
The thing is, if it's into the base coat (color), there's not much even a professional detailer can do. I guess there is the touch up until the scratches are filled, then wet sand down, compound, polish. But that's pretty high level, your average "detailer" isn't going to do it...or at least probably not do it well (to me).
I do have pretty high standards though...spent 4 full days fully correcting an ISF until I was happy with it (read as: perfect lol). So yea, it's hard to say. You can always take it to a higher end detailer and see what they think they can do for it and get you a quote. The dealer should foot that bill though, IMO. If all they will offer is their "detailer", I'd be sure to meet with him/her before you drop the truck off to have it fixed to see what he/she thinks they can do for it and if it's doing more harm than good (i.e., high risk of burning paint, etc). I'd probably go that route if that's all they want to do for you. After you talk with the dealer's detailer, then you can decide if you want to have them do it or if you want to take it elsewhere.