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Old 07-07-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
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Hey guys i recently did a detail on my car (wash,clay,polish,wax) and recently noticed i could still see the swirl marks in the sun and was wondering how to get them out? Also if i wash my car a week after i detail it what do you guys recommend doing? just wash, polish, wax? or what
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:33 AM   #2
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If you detailed your car and still have swirls/scratches that means the polish and/or polishing pad you used to remove the swirls wasn't abrasive enough to level the paint around the scratches to the lowest point of the swirls/scratches. Were you using a machine polisher? If so, what type? And what combination of polish and pad? To remove swirls properly effectively you have to use a swirl remover compound/polish. If you attempt to remove any defects (swirls/scratches, etc.) from clear coated paint by hand you will never get rid of all of them before you get carpel-tunnel synd.LOL
If you wash it again use a high lubricity/sudsing car shampoo(not dish soap unless you want to remove the wax) and a plush, clean wash mitt/car wash device(not a brush or a dish rag). Two wash buckets with Grit Guards in the bottom is ideal; one for clean, soapy water and one for plain, clean water to rinse to wash mitt after it touches the car and before going back into the clean soapy water. Or you can hose off the wash mitt/sponge every time after it touches the dirty vehicle. This mitigates the chances of instilling new swirls in the paint, especially if your goal is to remove them and you want to maintain the detailing you already did. If the car is more dusty than dirty you can use a quick detail/spray detailer, or a spray-on car wash or rinse-less car wash. Always wash in the shade and dry immediately after rinsing. This prevents water spots from the minerals/chemicals in your water. Filtered water is the way to go.
I am actually a detailer so if you need more info feel free to contact me.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:47 PM   #3
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If you detailed your car and still have swirls/scratches that means the polish and/or polishing pad you used to remove the swirls wasn't abrasive enough to level the paint around the scratches to the lowest point of the swirls/scratches. Were you using a machine polisher? If so, what type? And what combination of polish and pad? To remove swirls properly effectively you have to use a swirl remover compound/polish. If you attempt to remove any defects (swirls/scratches, etc.) from clear coated paint by hand you will never get rid of all of them before you get carpel-tunnel synd.LOL
If you wash it again use a high lubricity/sudsing car shampoo(not dish soap unless you want to remove the wax) and a plush, clean wash mitt/car wash device(not a brush or a dish rag). Two wash buckets with Grit Guards in the bottom is ideal; one for clean, soapy water and one for plain, clean water to rinse to wash mitt after it touches the car and before going back into the clean soapy water. Or you can hose off the wash mitt/sponge every time after it touches the dirty vehicle. This mitigates the chances of instilling new swirls in the paint, especially if your goal is to remove them and you want to maintain the detailing you already did. If the car is more dusty than dirty you can use a quick detail/spray detailer, or a spray-on car wash or rinse-less car wash. Always wash in the shade and dry immediately after rinsing. This prevents water spots from the minerals/chemicals in your water. Filtered water is the way to go.
I am actually a detailer so if you need more info feel free to contact me.
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i used hand applicator pads that probably why. but if i use a orbital buffer with just regular polish will it do the same as the swirl x remover?

Also i have little rust specs on my doors on both side towards the bottom. whats the best way to get rid of them?
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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Hey guys i recently did a detail on my car (wash,clay,polish,wax) and recently noticed i could still see the swirl marks in the sun and was wondering how to get them out? Also if i wash my car a week after i detail it what do you guys recommend doing? just wash, polish, wax? or what
you look up "paint correction" you will find a lot of info.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:15 PM   #5
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....this should help:

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Also, next time I would strongly suggest doing a test spot first.....

Using painters tape, section off a ~1'x1' area of a panel. This will be where you test out your products, tools and techniques until you get the desired result you are after. Inspect your work often (using appropriate lighting and/or even pulling the car out in the sunlight). Once you have a combo dialed in you can move on to the rest of the vehicle. ....or adjust your game plan from there.
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