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Old 03-26-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Talk me off the ledge (hood wrap) PLEASE!!

Ok ladies and gents--I took delivery of my 1LE on Friday night--have kept it in the garage day and night since taking possession--this afternoon was first time I washed her (I had asked dealer NOT to detail her)--well--while it was sitting on the dealers lot waiting for me to take delivery (4 days)--some idiot wrote the word "mine" on the vinyl hood in the dust/pollen--now even after washing I can still see it--like it is burnt into the vinyl--which I find hard to believe after only sitting on lot for 4 days and being garaged since then--I am praying its not permanent--I figure there must be a cleaner or quick mist detailer or something I could use--but I don't dare touch it for fear of making it worse--I figured my fellow 1LE enthusiast might have an idea--if this vinyl is this sensitive not sure how much I am going to like it--but live the looks!

Any advice greatly appreciated--have a great night!!

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Old 03-26-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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I'd have the dealership figure that one out, as I wouldn't touch it. Point blank, period. They would have kept the keys and everything else...
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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The guy who did my clear bra obviously knows about hood wraps, as well he told my to wipe with alcohol and a terry cloth towel,but i agree with finallysatisfied make the dealer handle this one.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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Maybe apply some polish to a soft application pad and lightly buff the whole hood. If you try that you should be careful not to stay in one spot very long and do square (up, down/side to side) patterns. I would think that would fix it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:13 PM   #5
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Like others have said, take some rubbing alcohol on a microfiber and then wipe with a clean cloth. Just about anything will come off that wrap, just make sure to do it in the shade.

Don't use polish or anything else (there are some vinyl cleaners out there but don't have any experience with them. Alcohol has done the trick for me so far!)

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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And who knows if the dealer actually knows what they are doing, knowing my luck it would come back with wax on it :/

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #7
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I agree with Finallysatisfied about letting the dealer fix it.

IMHO, if mild soap and water won't make it go away after a couple of washes, the dealer should.

My hood wrap had a flap that had not been trimmed properly and was deflecting the windshield washer fluid flow on the driver's side. I could have trimmed it myself with an exacto knife, but if I slipped and caused a problem with it later, it would be on me, so I had the dealer do it. (AFTER I proved to the service department that it wasn't a dealer installed item...first I had to educate the sales staff...now I have to educate the service staff. )

Better to keep the liability where it belongs.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #8
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The adams vinyl care video is a very good how to.

I had a bird stain on mine, and some hard water, that I didn't notice til I got the car home 3 hours away, and instead of trying to warranty it and possibly have the dealer curse of it coming back worse, I used Fine machine polish, followed by VRT, and it looks great, and the VRT makes the hood look awesome, takes away the sort of chalky look and matches the spoiler better, IMO.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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I would just remove the wrap, problem solved....this type of stuff will continue to be an issue with the hood wrap....
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:19 PM   #10
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Update--tried rubbing alcohol with microfiber--no luck--guess I will either try Adams products or get dealer engaged although I am afraid they will make it worse--will keep you posted--thanks for the advice!!!
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:29 PM   #11
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I keep a bottle of turtle ice spray and clean terry cloth with me. Any kind of stain gets on the paint , i spray and wripe. There is no build up on edge of vinyl and paint. Vinyl and paint are always looking good. Try it , i promise you will like it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:40 PM   #12
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Just remove it, you will like it so much better.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:41 PM   #13
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:49 PM   #14
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Yes try Adams or Dr Beasleys matte finish products. The Dr B stuff is a bit pricey but I'll be using it on mine.

Worst case you can remove the wrap (not my preference but everyone has theirs) and have it redone at a later date. For me part of the 1LE package is the wrap / appearance but to each their own.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:15 AM   #15
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I purchased Adams VRT, Came with a DVD. Applied as directed looked great until I had to drive in the rain... so no pics.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:35 AM   #16
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Take it to the dealer. Mine is being replaced by the dealer for a similar issue
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:33 AM   #17
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Use Garry Dean's Infinite Use Detail Juice on the hood when there is a stain. I use this after bird poop removal.

Also. I use the pool dry or sheet dry method when washing it. That is I dry the hood with water and not a towel. If there is residual water I use my car only leaf blower to blow it dry. My wrap looks incredible.


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Old 03-27-2013, 04:34 AM   #18
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I purchased Adams VRT, Came with a DVD. Applied as directed looked great until I had to drive in the rain... so no pics.
I use VRT every month or so applied with an auto detailing sponge. Sparingly. With the hood released so I don't get it on the paint.


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Old 03-27-2013, 04:35 AM   #19
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Just remove it, you will like it so much better.
Keep it. Don't remove it.


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Old 03-27-2013, 04:51 AM   #20
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I keep a bottle of turtle ice spray and clean terry cloth with me. Any kind of stain gets on the paint , i spray and wripe. There is no build up on edge of vinyl and paint. Vinyl and paint are always looking good. Try it , i promise you will like it.


Turtle Wax Ice for vinyl works on mine! Four and a half months and still looks new.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #21
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My dealer took my wrap off the hood before I saw the car for the first time. They said it was too hard to keep clean. I have to say I would have done the same thing myself. Why cover up the blue ray paint?
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #22
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someone here suggested dr. beasley's on a different thread, purchased and does a great job.

when I first got mine it rained and got soaked on the highway and didn't wash until that weekend but in between i took a new microfiber cloth and water and just sprayed water on the vinyl and with back and forth motions removed all the water spots, dirt, and stains. Originally i thought (thanks to my co-workers) it was going to be permanent damage but nope came right off - still bought the beasley products.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:09 PM   #23
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I removed mine... I could not maintain the FLAT look. Many products will clean it but they ALL add some shine. (It did not have the FLAT look even with two different "matte" only products)

Even the soap you use to wash the car if it has ANY glossifiers at all the wrap will begin to look splotchy.

The ISP solution will work temporarily but it will eventually dry out the vinyl and lead to cracking.

If you can live with a "little" shine then many of the methods in this thread will work.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:13 PM   #24
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Tell me if I'm correct here. The pollen isn't embedded into the wrap, right? You're seeing the scratches from someone writing that on the hood while it was dirty? If it's scratched, I'm not sure if anything will remove it since it's vinyl. Maybe try some sort of vinyl treatment or follow the instructions on this video from Adams.

http://www.adamsforums.com/forums/ge...ions/12124.htm
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:23 PM   #25
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Take it to the dealer. Mine is being replaced by the dealer for a similar issue
Perfect advice, I wouldn't mess with it. Just going to end up not being cost effective on your end.
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