Sunday, November 13, 2005


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.

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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.


At 8:02 AM, Blogger Alvin Teoh said...

How do you take picture of swirls? Mine camera cannot lah.


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