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Old 01-05-2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Black with swirls

Ok I know it's too late to do anything about it but I ran my black 06 GT through a couple car wash drive thru's and needless to say I know have scratches and swirls. I live in Ohio so I am not able to keep my hose hooked-up year round. I purchased a waterless car wash cleaner today but was wondering what I can do in the spring to remove the swirls and get it back to where it was before winter. I have another car to drive during the winter so I will leave it in the garage with the exception of those random nice days in the winter. Thank you
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Clay bar then hand glaze then wax should be smooth as glass, that's what I'm doing tomorrow
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I have the same problem. And my car gets dirty so fast.
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Clay bar then hand glaze then wax should be smooth as glass, that's what I'm doing tomorrow

Clay bar will not remove the swirls. Give her a good machine polish then wax and you will be golden.
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Thanks for the responses.... But what exactly is a machine polish... I've only used the spray on polish like jax wax Hawaiian shine... Just got the car last July so I plan on trying to learn how to use a real wax with a buffer
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Buffer = machine. Machine polish is fairly easy. When you are ready to do this check out some YouTube videos for advice. It's very easy to burn the paint so you want to be careful and make sure you are doing it right.
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Re: Black with swirls

I just tried Turtle Wax Black Box and I really like it
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #8
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Clay bar will not remove the swirls. Give her a good machine polish then wax and you will be golden.
your right the clay bar wont but it will remove the impurities, and leave a smooth surface then you use the GLAZE (fine polish) and then wax, i recommend you not uses a machine if your not experienced with it, you'll do more damage then good

btw just got done and the car looks amazing

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I just tried Turtle Wax Black Box and I really like it
I used it before, ruined all my microfibers and for the effort didnt really do much for me, i like Gold Class paste
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I love when I see this kind of post made, because it took me about 5 tries and i finally found the method. Here are my before and afters. let me know if this is what you are looking for as far as the before and afters.

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after... this is the reflection of my ceiling of my garage

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If you used a hand polish, all you did was induce more swirls and scratches. You're not going to remove anything with it.

What you applied was actually a filler, and not a polish. Once it wears off, all of your defects will come back.
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If you used a hand polish, all you did was induce more swirls and scratches. You're not going to remove anything with it.

What you applied was actually a filler, and not a polish. Once it wears off, all of your defects will come back.
who me?

no i definitely took the proper route.

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Not anyone in general. Just a statement about doing a hand polish,it should be applied with a machine for the proper results.
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Not anyone in general. Just a statement about doing a hand polish,it should be applied with a machine for the proper results.
agreed,

what most people dont realize, is that by using the same mit/sponge/ or whatever product you use to wash your car. if it hits the ground once it is done. throw it away. What causes these swirls are the little rocks and particles the sponges pick up, and when you put your muscle into to get those dirt spots clean, your just digging into your finish.

the three major things that I have started doing to prolong the life of my finish just on the car wash side.

Proper Soap - Do not use dish soap, this takes away from your wax. think about it, the stuff is meant to break apart all things to get dishes to their finish, wax is just an application applied to the clear coat. so dish soap is a no no!

Plenty of microfiber mits. Motto - if it hits anything but the water in my bucket, its thrown away. Also I use a ziplock baggie to put it in when I am done letting it air dry on my antennae.

Mit Savers - There are the lovely racks that you put into your bucket that prevent your mit from hitting the bottom of the bucket. Why? do you ask... because its simple, all of the dirt and grime goes to the bottom of the bucket when you put your hands back in for another soapy dip. What you are doing is the same as dropping your mit on the ground, but inside your bucket.

I hope this method helps people in the future when it comes to helping prolong the life of their finish
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Clay bar will not remove the swirls. Give her a good machine polish then wax and you will be golden.
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If you don't have a grit guard for your bucket you can always hang it over the edge of the bucket so it doesn't sit in the bottom along with the grit and grime.
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If you don't have a grit guard for your bucket you can always hang it over the edge of the bucket so it doesn't sit in the bottom along with the grit and grime.
I hose off my sponge or mit after i soap up a section of my car... That should help ...
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