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I washed my car today for the second time, and have now discovered quite a bit of road rash on the driver's side rear door and quarter panel, before getting to the back tire. These particular chips are fairly small, and I can't feel them at all, but they're definitely larger in girth than a scratch, and definitely noticeable.

Grrr! I can only suspect that the dealership used a colored wax on the car, and as I'm washing it out I'm seeing more and more flaws.

I haven't had any returned calls from higher end body shops about the scratches I mentioned before, and I can't drive 2-3 hours away to track down a paint specialist that won't return my call, so I'm about to take matters in to my own hands.

Any suggestions on how I might fix these myself? I looked at the Dr. Colorchip Road Rash Repair Kit, which has good reviews, but since the Karma paint isn't just one solid color then I don't know how seamless it will really be.

I assume that this isn't something that can be buffed out, since the chips are larger in girth than a small scratch?
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Whatever you do to fix it make sure you clearbra the rear quarter panel/door areas. Its gonna keep chipping there. The design of the body ends up with stones kicked up from front tires hit the rear quarters and doors in that area. We had all of our clients cars done with 3m clearbra there and front nose, rockers and mirrors.
 

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Grrr! I can only suspect that the dealership used a colored wax on the car, and as I'm washing it out I'm seeing more and more flaws.

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so I'm about to take matters in to my own hands.

Sorry, but if you have been happy with the car at the time you got it and you are suspecting the dealer did this work, why not asking him, which wax he used?

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After the local detailer said he was afraid to touch it on Monday, I did email the original dealer to ask how much they would charge to buff out the scratches.

They replied on Tuesday and asked when the scratches appeared, because they had just had it detailed before I bought it. I replied the same day and said that they appeared after my first wash. They haven't replied since.

I don't want to be overly accusatory about it; for all I know, they may hire a 3rd party detailer and not know that he's only covering up scratches. I'd happily pay to have them fixed, I just want them fixed.
 

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You really should get to the bottom of who did this to your car and if it was a dealer 'cover up'. If you don't, they will just think they can do it to the next guy.

I also have a black Karma and I've noticed a lot of road rash on the back panels but I'm waiting for things to get a bit worse before I plastidip my car. There was a post a while back that showed one of the owners' Karmas who did it and it looks amazing! Matte black looks incredible and supposedly it just peels off with no damage done to the paint. It's also very affordable at around $1500 and it's supposed to last a few years and then you can do it again and this time try another colour!
 

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How they hide the Road Rash

They asked when the scratches appeared, because they had just had it detailed before I bought it. I replied the same day and said that they appeared after my first wash. They haven't replied since.
I think I know how they covered up the road rash. I just used this product on my Black Karma, and the road rash is gone. Turtle Wax T-374KTR Color Magic Car Polish. I visited the Turtle Wax website, and I don't think they sell it anymore, so you may want to stock up. I really want to get some sort of clear protection on the rear quarter panels and hood. Just not sure who to use.
 
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