Everyone hates a swirly. Swirl marks on your vehicle are an eyesore, get your head out of the toilet bowl, especially for dark-colored cars.
Swirl marks are caused by using the wrong chemicals, applicators, and cleaning techniques when waxing and buffing your vehicle. Although easy to remove, avoiding them altogether will save you time and money. Below, are a few other causes of unsightly buffer marks.
- Using a dirty car cover, or putting a clean sheet on a dirty car
- Wiping your dusty vehicle with a dry towel.
- Using polyester towels and applicators
- Using harsh polishing mixtures and paint cleaners
- Not thoroughly rinsing your car before washing, and not washing correctly before drying.
- Using the incorrect buffer pad, and an inexperienced person buffing the vehicle.
If you are guilty of any of the aforementioned no-no’s, don’t freight, it’s not the end of the world. Swirl marks are easily removed by hand, so grab your water hose, paint cleaner, microfiber cloth, non-abrasive polisher, and car wax and follow these easy steps.
Step 1. Wash your vehicle
Park your car in a shaded area avoiding direct sunlight and use the hose or your favorite high-pressure washer to clean your ride thoroughly. You should start cleaning the wheels and tires first, then proceed to work from the top of the car all the way to the bottom.
Step 2. Slap on your paint cleaner.
While your car is still dripping wet, you can start applying the paint cleaner. There are lot’s of brands to choose from but lean towards a non-abrasive chemical paint cleaner. It will not leave any scratches behind.
Grab your microfiber cloth, pour some cleaner on it, and apply it on the surface of the car back and forth in one direction. And repeat! Easy peasy vehicle squeegee.
Step 3. Polish your ride.
When the surface of your vehicle is spotless and smooth, it’s time for the fun part. Polishing. Polishing breaks down the abrasives and removes those pesky swirl marks, so it’s imperative that it’s done correctly.
Feeling a little uneasy when it comes to this step? Consider the following:
- Apply the polish on a wet surface.
- Use a minimally abrasive polisher to avoid leaving a haze on the surface.
- Each polish comes with its own instructions, please read them.
- Use a small amount of polish on a microfiber cloth, too much will leave the surface looking filmy.
- Apply the polish in a circular motion working slowly to let the polish do its job.
- Your goal is to achieve a smooth and shiny surface. Once you see that, you’re done.
- Remove the excess polish with a clean microfiber towel.
Step 4. Waxing the car.
Don’t just half booty it and stop after you polish your car. The last step is crucial in making sure you remove all swirl marks. To wax your vehicle correctly, merely apply a tiny bit of wax on a microfiber cloth and use it to your paint. After it’s dry, gently rub it off the surface with a thin towel or cloth.
That’s all she wrote folks! If you can follow these easy steps, you will undoubtedly remove any and all buffer swirls!
If you’re really not feeling up to the task, bring your swirl, laden ride over to Fine Airport Parking and make a reservation with one of your detail gurus. They are experts at defending your paint and will have your car shining in no time.