What causes Swirl Marks?
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01-23-2009, 10:35 PM #21
The main thing that causes swirls is grit/dirt that is dragged around during washing the car and the use of inferrior products/quality towels, improper washing technique.
-Use the two bucket system when washing a car and use a grit gaurd on the bottom of each bucket
-Use a quality car wash that has essential oils that lubricate the paint to remove dirt/grit
-Use a microfiber wash mitt or something of equal quality
-Use only quality microfiber clothes to dry the car-not water blades or absorbers that do not have pores that remove grit from the surface instead of dragging grit on the surface
-Using these things with help prevent swirls but polishing is still required occasionally then use a quality wax or sealant
-learn the difference between waxing and polishing
01-23-2009, 10:41 PM #22
My buddy many yrs ago... said 100% USA Cotton!
I live by it. It really does work.... He paints cars!
01-23-2009, 10:42 PM #23
01-24-2009, 02:24 PM #24
- Join Date
- Nov 2007
- 2000 Trans Am
I snagged a pack of cloth diapers from my sister and they do wonders for my car. not only are they supper soft (ideal for removing wax) but they absorb well too. just my .02
01-24-2009, 03:39 PM #25
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- Richmond, VA
White 1999 WS-6
- Black 2000 WS-6
Has any one ever use rubbing compound?
I have heard that a good rubbing compound will take out swirl marks, if done correctly..... If done incorrectly, it can cause more marks.
Ive never used it so I dont know.
01-24-2009, 10:48 PM #26
01-25-2009, 12:31 AM #27
I would use a polish for swirls rather than a compound because compound it reserved for major swirls,oxidation, and scratches. No need to remove more clear coat then necessary. Just my opinion.
01-25-2009, 12:40 AM #28
if ur compounding a car for the first time you should be alright, but yes, compound cuts a layer of the clear, swirl marks arent in the paint there in the clear, the deeper the swirl the more clear is needed to be removed but MOST swirls will be taken care of by removing "one layer" of clear
01-25-2009, 05:54 AM #29
01-28-2009, 06:40 AM #30
- Join Date
- Oct 2008
- 2000 TA
Soft paint, abrasive dirt and any light source that reveals imperfections.
01-28-2009, 07:55 PM #31
02-22-2009, 04:12 PM #321998 Trans Am 85k miles.
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03-17-2009, 05:40 PM #33
I've commented on other forums about this. Since my car took the serious beatdown this winter(Not an LS1), I made it a priority to examine my options and this is what I did.
After washing the car with a 2 bucket system. I clay barred it.
After it was all dry,
1. I used 3M Rubbing Compound on the enitre car.
-After that I got every swirl and fine scratch out!
2. CarBrite Black Pearl #4 fine polish.
3. 2 coats of Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Tech liquid wax.
4. 1 coat of Collinite #845.
Of course you can sub out the Black Pearl for another polish. Rubbing
compound should be followed by that or a 3M machine polish or something
I couldn't be happier with my results.
03-17-2009, 06:32 PM #34
03-18-2009, 02:28 PM #35
03-18-2009, 02:43 PM #36
03-18-2009, 02:53 PM #37
03-19-2009, 06:20 AM #38
what do most of you use for a wash mit? i was gonna get a sheep skin wool one at target
i'll probably use a good chamois for drying, what do most of you use to dry?
03-19-2009, 06:25 AM #39
03-19-2009, 07:20 AM #40
sounds good, i'll find something else to wash the lower part of the car and dry it, thats where most of the dirt and grime get
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