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post #1 of 11 Old 01-11-2017, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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I am in a love hate relationship with Texas. I love almost everything about my adopted state, save for the blast furnace heat in the summer, and those never to be sufficiently cursed butt-munching rock haulers on the interstate.

Not only did I have to replace the windshield in a two week old 2016 GC, now I have a 4" very deep scratch nearly dead center on the front of the hood.

Since this one is the metallic granite, I have no clue how to take care of this. Too deep to just buff out I think. :/

Advice please?

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-11-2017, 09:18 AM
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Order some touch up paint. If you are not comfortable prepping and applying yourself (I am sure there are instructional you tube videos of how to do it), I have found that many PDR guys do minor touch ups as well, not very expensive. Since this is likely not your last rock chip, I would skip any re-spray of the hood.

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Order some touch up paint. If you are not comfortable prepping and applying yourself (I am sure there are instructional you tube videos of how to do it), I have found that many PDR guys do minor touch ups as well, not very expensive. Since this is likely not your last rock chip, I would skip any re-spray of the hood.
Can you get a really good match with touchup paint for metallic coated paint jobs?
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Can you get a really good match with touchup paint for metallic coated paint jobs?
You won't be able to match it up perfectly unless you spent the last 10 years as a body and paint guy and are a master. I am handy and don't even try to use the touch up paint anymore. It end up looking like an amateur tried to fix it and that is worse than the initial problem, at least in my mind. The I have to look at it everyday and think about how much I sucked at fixing it.

Yes, in Texas, we go though a windshield about every 4 years if we are lucky. It is so great when you replace one and get a crack a week later.

On another note, try riding a motorcycle down the interstate. It is good at exfoliating any exposed skin and an exercise in pain tolerance, lol.

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Think an open top 18 wheel tractor trailer filled almost to overflowing with white gravel, add in interstates with 75mph or higher speed limits, high traffic volumes, a high mix of large trucks and SUVs, and you may begin to get the idea.
So Texas doesn't regulate open top trailers, like they must be covered at least with canvas? Or do they chose to not enforce it? Its a hefty fine here to run with an open or loose top.

Dunno what to say about rock chips beside don't drive the Jeep . Its really hard to match the paint. If bad enough, I just dab something on close but darker to prevent rust.

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It's an enforcement thing. You see one or two of beasties pulled over almost every day, but there are an awful lot of them. That makes it really difficult to meaningfully enforce the regulations, and there are a lot of other targets for police attention as well.

Sounds like a slightly darker touchup paint, or a trip to the body shop is in order. I was thinking of just hitting it with a touch of a clear coat to seal it up until I get enough nicks and dings to make it worth the time to take it into the shop. Rather do that than not drive the Jeep.
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Can you get a really good match with touchup paint for metallic coated paint jobs?
Unless you are an expert (I am not), then no. But better than exposed metal IMO.

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nobody has seen snow like he has either.
Yeah you're right. North Carolina, or anywhere in the lower 48, definitely sees the 1000+ inches of annual snowfall that Alaska does. For reference, Colorado ski resorts see 400 if they're lucky And Alyeska(the premiere international resort in Anchorage) sees 650 if they're unlucky
Nope, you guys definitely see more snow.

tldr; apparently fact-backed life experiences don't mean anything to you guys. Only "feelings". Maybe if I go to Hawaii and say, "Oh noooo! it rains here and no one else has ever experienced anything like this because its my life!" Then I can get some credit since its off "feelings".

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unless you are driving through 1000+ inches of fresh snowfall it doesn't matter - a foot of snow is a foot of snow ... i've driven in 3' of fresh snow ... I live an hour from the world record holder of snowfall (Mt Baker, WA) at over 1100 inches of snow ... and unless you've driven in central NC you wouldn't understand that many times the snow starts as freezing rain - puts a nice heavy layer of black ice down before the air temp at the surface allows the snow to reach the ground and cover the ice. I'd rather drive in 18" of powder than 1" of the stuff that falls there because ... you get what happened in that photo - misery.

you aren't the only one who has driven in extreme conditions all over the continent, but you sure act like it.

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I hate it when someone gets upset and wants to take his ball home. One certainly needs a thick skin here, but thats not much different than the hundreds of forums I'm connected with. Some product support forums have less dribble. I hope folks stick around after they cool off. Most here appreciate the product thread work done. Thats a lot of work.

I was hoping this thread wasn't going to turn into a peeing contest. I'll close this thread as it may have gone way off topic and out of hand.

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