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Old 04-16-2012, 09:28 AM
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Default Clear Coat etched...

I just finished my annual spring cleaning polish / wax.

I was surprised when I had the surface polished to find that there are quite a few spots on the hood and roof that are etched in the clear coat.

I wash my truck EVERY Sunday, without fail.
If a bird poops on it I wash it off immediately.
Large bugs on the front end are also dealt with on a daily basis, every afternoon once I get it back into the garage.

The clear coat doesn't seem terribly soft, I just polished with an LC Orange pad and M83 and it barely touched the finer scratches, so it must be a pretty hard coat.

What could be causing this etching? and how can I prevent it?

The truck is only 1 year old now but I am guessing I will need to have the hood/roof repainted in anothr 5 years if I can't stop this from happening!
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