How to Do Away with Swirl Marks

Removing Swirl MarksWhen a vehicle has not been used or washed for a long time, light scratches and other imperfections, like swirl marks, will eventually surface. Aesthetically speaking, they are your car’s greatest enemies. But worry not, because you have your allies—waxing, polishing and buffering agents. Sure, you may reach out to mechanical car polishers in the market. But, in the long run, it’s best for all drivers to learn as much as they can about car maintenance by performing some of the repairs and replacements themselves.

Here are tips on how to do away with swirl marks:

1.     Deep-clean your car.

Clean and wash your car thoroughly to remove contaminants and grease. Ensure that this process is applied to the car from top to bottom—in the shade, to prevent some more residue and unwanted streaks that could result from the sun’s rays.

To keep your paint smooth and undamaged, use a microfiber cloth or mitt when you wash your car. These materials can be found in most auto parts stores, and even though they may cost a little more than what you may have been using, the investment is well worth it. You can buy two pieces; the other one is for drying your car later on.

For the washing detergent, it is recommended to use soaps formulated specifically for car paint. Like the special detergent for your delicate clothes, automotive detergents are formulated purposely to clean your car’s finish. The nice part about them is that a little amount goes a long way, so you really will be saving money in the end by investing in a high-quality auto detergent.

After washing, use another dry microfiber towel. This removes water more effectively than a regular towel. Don’t hurry your drying; be gentle in your swipes.

2.     Apply car polish gently.Swirl Marks

Prepare the required tools. You can use newspapers to place the intakes. Wear proper gears like protective eyewear and hand gloves before handling chemical products.

Start polishing. Begin from the car’s hood in a circular motion, slowly moving from one section to another. Keep polishing until you see the level of shininess and smoothness you desire. Note that the polishing compound gets completely absorbed in the car’s surface.

3.     Apply wax suitable for the vehicle’s paint.

Once it’s dry to a haze, with the use of a buffer (preferably with a foam pad), apply car wax (thinly coated) and then distribute it evenly on the hood’s surface. Be careful in pressing your buffer down though, as too much might sabotage the car’s paint. When you’re done, start applying a second coating.

After the car has been entirely buffed out, check the entire area again and remove any haze or swirl marks left by the buffer. And voila, your car can be mistakenly thought of as new!

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