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Where can those be bought? I was looking at autozone but didnt even see a buffer yesterday. Whats the difference between the two, they look similar.
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Your not going to do anything with the cheap polishers you find at autozone. Lowes might carry the Porter Cable but I'm not sure. The cheap polisher at Autozone is just good for putting wax on, it doesn't have enough power to actually correct the paint. You can get a dual-action polisher to try like the models I recommended above but they're not cheap (around 150) and there is a learning curve to using it. You won't do any damage with the paint and can get great results with the correct technique and products.

http://www.autogeek.net/dual-action-polisher.html

Now a rotary buffer is probably what a shop will use, it has a lot more power to correct the paint but that also makes it a lot easier to ruin the paint if your not an expert. It'll probably cost a couple hundred dollars to have your paint fixed, from 100-400 I'd guess.
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Once its corrected how can i prevent this from happening again?
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Trent is right, I am sure you could get the etchings out with a dual-action polisher. I have the Meguiars G110V2 and highly recommend it. Although I don’t know that I would spend the money to buy one and the necessary compounds and polishes that you need to go with it if you aren’t very interested in detailing. I would probably just pay a body shop to do it and be done with it. That way you know it will be taken care of.

As for it happening again, just be sure not to park your vehicle in a place where it is likely to get sprayed with hard water. And, if it does, be sure to wipe it down before it dries. Most of the time you can get waterspots off/out with very little effort.
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Agreed, its not cheap to get the entire setup. KLC already mentioned it but do you dry your truck after you finish washing it?
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Yea i try to, but its so bad it just smears the water all over and doesnt soak up. Its so rough i cant just wipe it off.
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What are you using to dry it with? I use a Absorber and a Meguiars waffle-weave towel.
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i have the same problem with the waterspots on my paint. i tried TR-3 today, worked well, but will take several applications to get the waterspots completely off. did it all by hand as well.
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Buy these for drying: The Guzzler Combo Kit

Absorber's work good too.
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I called a few places and its around 150-200, i bought a orbital polishes to try but it doesnt do much, i took a few pics that really show it good i can email it to someone if they want to see how bad it is.

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That's not bad, I'd have it done. The orbital polishers you buy at a regular store aren't for paint correction, just wax application and buffing.
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05Level2's hood:

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You will definitely need to get the paint professionally corrected.
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That is after i washed it and used mequires ultimate. I hope they can get it off and i dont have to get it painted or find another color lvl2.
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I feel very confident that a experienced shop can remove that pretty easily.
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I hope so, would the insurance company do anything about it?

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I would use the turtle wax white polish and a random orbital buffer with a terry bonnet.
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That would not make a lick of difference in his paint.
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Hopefully today i get time and im taking it to a body shop for their opinion.
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Well he said it will come off but its going to take alot of work, he used a bit of some 3m stuff on a spot and it came out pretty good, he also said he doesnt know any places around that detail beside a bunch of kids slapping on wax at all these detail shops, will a normal body shop fix stuff like that or do they just do repainting and body damage?

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Yeah, most “detail shops” will just do your basic wash and wax. They usually can’t do any actual paint correction. A body shop can though. I’m sure you can find one that is willing to help you out.
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Any good body shop will be able to do paint correction like that. If they seem like they don't know what they are talking about go to another one. It would also get a second opinion anyway just to make sure your not getting hosed.
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Will do, thanks for your help guys i cannot wait to get this fixed. I will call more places today.
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