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Old 01-02-2003, 12:20 AM   #1
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i need some help. my car has some swirls and scratches. not bad, but you can see them from angles under certain lighting. plus, i'm super anal about the paint quality. my question is: what in the world can u do to get rid of them? i've used all sorts of stuff (meguiars wax, meguiar's scratch remover, zymol, zaino z5...) but all these just seem to put a waxy coat over your paint and cover the swirls for a little while. no matter how much i try to wipe, the glaze is there. does wax really remove swirls or just cover them? (you can see the swirls when another cars headlight is directly on the paint and you look from certain angles. other than that, you can't see it and the car looks shiny and nice) any comments?... this is driving me insane
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Old 01-02-2003, 09:06 AM   #2
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Hey man. I feel your pain. My only suggestions is to maybe try a clay bar to remove the impurities in the paint and reduce the swirl marks. I've also had a lot of luck with Griot's garage products. They should have something that can help.

By the way you might think about getting some protection for your hood. WRX hoods have a tendency to pit (Aluminum + rocks and flying debris = pits). Go get some clear plastic 3M body protection or something similar.

My final suggestion is to take a step back and breath a little. It's only a car. That's at least what I tell myself everytime I find a new scratch or mark in my paint. Sometimes it helps.
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Old 01-02-2003, 01:31 PM   #3
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I had mine polished with a high speed foam pad buffer. Looks like glass now..

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Old 01-02-2003, 01:38 PM   #4
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are the swirls on the clearcoat or paint? hopefully it's on the clearcoat (or you're out of luck). simply wash your car with dish detergent to strip the old wax. wash thoroughly. clay. next use a polish to remove the swirls from the clearcoat. wax until it hurst. done.
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Old 01-02-2003, 03:40 PM   #5
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The waxes/sealants you mentioned do very little to nothing for swirls. You need a polish that is somewhat abrasive. Abrasive sounds bad, but the only way to get rid of the swirls in your clearcoat is with something slightly abrasive.

You should try 3M Swirl mark remover for light cars. If you have a random orbital buffer, the job is pretty easy, but if you're doing it by hand, it will take a while. 3M SMR will get rid of the light swirls in your clearcoat that you are talking about. Another product that is similar is Meguiars #9 Swirl Mark Remover 2.0.

I have a black car, and the 3M has gotten rid of just about all the swirl marks on my car. I know how you feel about your swirls... I am anal about that stuff too. The best source for detailing that I have found is www.autopia.org . You should check it out.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:47 AM   #6
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the only way to get rid of swirls is to take off a layer of the clearcoat. Get some 3M polish like everyone else has said, that should do it.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:59 AM   #7
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cool...thanks for the info guys. i'll check out the 3m
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Old 01-03-2003, 12:07 PM   #8
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As others touched on....polish will help remove impurities and fine scratches. Wax forms a protective barrier on your finish.

Speaking of barriers, did you get some sort of "protective coating" added to your finish by the dealer? If the paint is not prepared properly the sealant will only "lock in" a bad finish.
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