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Old 08-04-2014, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default I think i screwed up washing my car.

Well basically i washed my car twice already only using one bucket. My car wasn't too dirty as it was just dust on the car and the pre water wash mostly got it all of.

I checked my car already and i didn't notice any big so far.

You guys don't suppose i could get swirl marks and other stuff within twice of doing it?

I'm going out today to get another bucket and car was solution.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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I wouldn't be surprised if someone got swirl marks from breathing on subaru paint. Just saying.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:45 PM   #3
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You have the car in question... you could ya know.. go check..
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:15 PM   #4
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It's really inevitable... and even the two bucket method doesn't fully protect against it. You'll be fine.

If you're really concerned about it, a good waxing will take care of whatever scratches you did put in the clear coat.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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No waxing alone is going to remove any scratches from the clear.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:56 PM   #6
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If you have an OCD then your car is totaled and you might as well save for a new one.

Really, if you go out and don't notice anything wrong, then you don't have an OCD and I would not worry about it and the next time you wash your car give it a good wax and you will be happy.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:24 PM   #7
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I wouldn't be surprised if someone got swirl marks from breathing on subaru paint. Just saying.
This.

I wouldn't worry about it. Worse comes to worse you can always buff them out if you're handy with a polisher. A lot of guys on here do a full detail twice a year, some more, some less, some not at all. It really depends on your OCD level, or lack there of.

I hope it's fine. If not, come back here and we'll talk ya through getting rid of them.

Good luck.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #8
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Total loss..

Sell it and purchase a new car.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:19 PM   #9
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the question is did you use a clean sponge/mitt and clean microfiber towels. but really it's not that big of a deal.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:54 PM   #10
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This.

I wouldn't worry about it. Worse comes to worse you can always buff them out if you're handy with a polisher. A lot of guys on here do a full detail twice a year, some more, some less, some not at all. It really depends on your OCD level, or lack there of.

I hope it's fine. If not, come back here and we'll talk ya through getting rid of them.

Good luck.
Sounds good, i already used a scratch remover to get rid of some small marks left from the tape that was sitting on the car and seemed to work good. I checked it out during the day and it seemed fine.

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Total loss..

Sell it and purchase a new car.
Already did, 2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium in triple white diamond.

OP delivered?

Unfortunately, damaged paint does not exceed the total value of the car so it is not a "Total loss" so i can't sell it to the insurance.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:09 PM   #11
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Your car is ruined. I will buy it for Salvage title.

Only kidding, I've done this plenty of times, I don't think doing it once will be a big deal, do it properly the next time and then look for any markings. If there are take it to a detailer you will be surprised at how they can correct stuff.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:10 AM   #12
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as a detailer, if your going to hand wash a car, especially a Subaru, make sure you always use the double bucket method.

Have your wash mitt in one bucket soaking in the car wash solution, and make sure that you clean the mitt very well before using it each time. Start from the roof and work your way down to the bottom, otherwise you'll grab all the dirt from the sides and bring it up top.. after a few passes, dunk your mitt in the second bucket which just has water in it. you'll be surprised on how fast that water goes bad, even if you think your car is clean.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:16 AM   #13
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or dont use a bucket at all. You can get an attachment for your hose that holds liquid car soap. I spray as I go and wash my mitt off at the same time.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:25 AM   #14
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If you really want to prevent swirls during washing, you need to:

1. Foam Gun
2. 2 Bucket Method + 1 for Wheels, 2 Grit Guards/Bucket, 3 Wash Mitts (Top, Middle, Bottom)
3. Sheeeting Method
4. Blower Dry (Master Blaster or similar)
5. Blot Dry Remaining Water

Using spotless water is another option as well.

By using a coating like Opti-Coat, you can add an additional layer of protection that sheds contaminants more easily, and is more resistant to wash induced marring.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:26 AM   #15
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I screwed up washing my car once, and accidentally found myself washing the neighbors car with brillo pads (SOS). I dried it with a shammy (chamois) I purchased from Nasioc, turns out it was vagina lips skin, filled with sand.

Good thing my neighbor is blind.

I now leave it to the professionals.

Good luck with your swirls.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:38 AM   #16
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OMG you guys made my morning
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:28 AM   #17
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I screwed up washing my car once, and accidentally found myself washing the neighbors car with brillo pads (SOS). I dried it with a shammy (chamois) I purchased from Nasioc, turns out it was vagina lips skin, filled with sand.

Good thing my neighbor is blind.

I now leave it to the professionals.

Good luck with your swirls.
this is great
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:36 AM   #18
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If you're really into washing your car or wanting to fix your mistake you should watch the /DRIVE clean videos on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgSLEVi_SPg
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:51 PM   #19
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Just accept the fact that trying to prevent all microscratches is a losing battle, you will cause them no matter what. Do your best to slow the accumulation using the methods already discussed. When its too much to take, polish them out and repeat.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:18 PM   #20
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As a detailer I've seen swirl marks on a car that just came off the delivery truck. Dealerships don't usually give a damn. It's an easy paint correction fix, just find someone local who you'd trust to do it. Depending on how bad I'd charge $250-400 to fix a sedan.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:13 PM   #21
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Most dealership detailers are dumbasses that have never used a polisher before. I dont know how some dealerships let some of these cars leave the lot or be placed on the lot in these conditions.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:48 PM   #22
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Also maybe use Sonax polymer net shield to help protect the paint
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:03 PM   #23
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Most dealership detailers are dumbasses that have never used a polisher before. I dont know how some dealerships let some of these cars leave the lot or be placed on the lot in these conditions.
Because 98% of the time customers don't care, notice or even mention it.
Worked at one for a year in college, definitely wasn't the most rewarding job but knowing I knew so much more than a dealership and its' employees was always a nice ego boost
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:19 PM   #24
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I've read you could get away with swirl removing by hand due to the paint being so soft. I was reading another post a member did, swirl removing by hand.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:33 PM   #25
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I'd be interested in seeing the results of swirl removal by hand. I havent tried it yet but i hate swirls. 2 buckets wash, clay, then dry. klasse polish, klasse sealant, pinnacle wax. talk about shiny
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