Sunday, November 13, 2005

Swirls

Swirls are the most common paint defect you can find on most cars. Swirls are circular cobweb-like scratches, usually can be seen under a bright light source. What causes swirls? Improper washing methods, working from bottom to top, dirty foam pads and buffing cloths right to incorrect use of the rotary buffer machine. Even then when we do do our maintanance regime of washing with the most utmost care, we can't run from instilling swirls onto the paint finish. But by using the right tools and methods, swirls are minimized, therefore prolonging the timespan inbetween polishing.

Click on the images for a high-res version.





Swirls can be removed by using a mild abrasive polish such as Meguiar's #80 Speed Glaze or Meguiar's #83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish with a W8006 foam pad on a random orbital. To remove swirls by hand, Meguiar's ScratchX applied with the yellow foam applicator pad can be used, though this would require lots of elbow grease just to complete a panel.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Holograms

For the upcoming posts within these weeks, I shall be posting up pictures of some of the common paint defects. Today... introducing holograms. Holograms or buffer swirls are caused by improper use of a rotary buffer machine and using the wrong combination of pads & product. Holograms can usually be removed using an orbital machine with a product such as #80 Speed Glaze. Usually holograms are the most visible on black cars.



Friday, November 11, 2005

Satisfaction

Took a picture of my roof which has 2 coats of #21 Synthetic Sealant applied 2 weeks ago.


And the new Meguiar's sticker