I've got a bit of a dilemma and not sure where to start.
Buddy has been running his truck through auto washers for the past couple years, usually getting the full deal with wax and whatever the washers add. It has not been hand waxed and its starting to show some minor problems, scratches from finger nails under the door handles, tailgate handle (sorry, I don't have pics to show), a couple of paint rubs from other car doors and the like. Just normal wear and tear for someone that just drives the car every day.
Now he want's to fix it a little bit and maintain it better, but where do we start? I've read the "official ask a detailer thread" and will be getting some of those recommended products for maintaining the paint later on, like the Optimum No Rinse wash and some good hand wax. Should we take it to a detailer and pay to have it detailed? Would that be expensive? Or just use a scratch remover and then go from there?
I was thinking something along the lines of:
1. A good hand wash first, then
2. Meguiar's ScratchX and/or Meguiar's ColorX (are both ok to use or needed?)
3. A good hand wax, maybe using Meguiar's Yellow #26
4. After all that ONR and proper care.
Now would a sealant be used somewhere?
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!