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.Looks like somebody had some debris (rock) in their polishing pad. I can't totally tell from the photos, but I think you are right and the scratches go into the base coat. If you try to sand or polish it out, you may end up all the way through into the primer. Since the truck is new I would take it back to the dealer and see if they can make it right.
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?Eazy - do you have all the stuff in to do it right? Machine and everything? The dealer isn't going to pay to repaint the truck, best case they'll do is have their detailer come and try to level it out. I bet he messes it up and does it half assed because I agree with ^davidson^, looks like a contaminated polishing pad was used. So probably won't ever go away, if you take it back to the dealer you risk the same idiot who did it the first time making it worse when they try to fix it. Thats just IMO though.
Thanks for the feedback!