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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    I don't mean this in any negative way, however after seeing the before and after pictures, yes there was a difference. But that's not the type of shine I would expect after all that rubbing. Wouldn't a buffer have worked faster and better?

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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Slidder View Post
    I don't mean this in any negative way, however after seeing the before and after pictures, yes there was a difference. But that's not the type of shine I would expect after all that rubbing. Wouldn't a buffer have worked faster and better?
    The purpose of the thread was to show you how to remove swirls by hand. To answer your question yes a buffer would have been faster, but as stated in the thread not everyone has one.
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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Slidder View Post

    Wouldn't a buffer have worked faster and better?
    Hi Slidder,

    To your question,




    "yes". You make the same point I made for years teaching the Saturday 101 Classes here and now in Florida. You ALWAYS get better results by machine versus working by hand because the paints changed and modern clear coat paints are harder than traditional single stage paints and you with your hand can only do so much. The machine never gets tired and moves a buffing pad under pressure at a high OPM rate and together with the right chemicals and techniques even a beginner can create show car results.

    I took these pictures and removing swirls by hand is no easy feat, so actually, the results you see are very good. That was the other point made in the class and that was to teach people that didn't own a polisher how to work by hand.

    Actually, the amount of ROTARY BUFFER induced swirls removed working only by hand is dramatic.

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    Of course, after demonstrating how much time and work it takes to remove only a majority of the swirls by hand then demonstrating how easy it is to let the machine do all the work, most of the people going through these classes back then and even today under Mike Stoops leads to the sales of more and more polishers.

    In my how-to book, "The art of detailing", I make this point in the first chapter that discusses the history of paint and then again in the chapter the explains how the drive mechanism in tools like the Meguiar's G110v2 work to remove swirls but at the same time are very safe.

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    The practical differences between single stage paints and a clear coat paints
    Early 1965 Mustang with single stage paint and a modern Mustang with a basecoat/clear coat finish





    Frustration with clearcoat paints
    Now let me tie this back to why machine polishing has become so much more popular since clear coat paints were introduced.

    As more and more cars being manufactured made their way into the market, as car owners, or in other words, do-it-yourselfers, would try the traditional methods of removing defects out of the paint, that is with traditional rubbing and polishing compounds, they would find that most of these products may remove defects but leave their own defects in the paint at the same time.

    Not only that, but because generally speaking, modern clear coats are harder than single stage paints, the energy, time and skill required to actually remove defects out of clear coat paints increased dramatically, and in fact increased to the point that many people attempting to remove defects and restore a shine like their car had when they bought it brand new, left most people feeling frustrated and their cars no better off than when they started and often times worse.


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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    Hello Mike.
    I am new into detailing and regularly synthetic wax on monthly basis and wax with gold class weekly but still my cars have developed slight cobweb swirls.
    I recently came across this thread but since this procedure and products date back to 2005 i was wondering if you may recommend new products or replace certain products that you have used in this thread to remove swirls.
    Thanks

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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    Ultimate Compound would be the product for removing swirls by hand these days.

    However, be sure to use a good applicator like shown, and similar technique with good even pressure.

    Could look at Ult. Polish to follow up with, then something like the Nxt 2.0 wax, Ult. Wax, etc.
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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    After removing the swirls, you do want to practice proper paint maintenance to avoid or at least minimize those swirls from reoccurring. Swirling can come from anywhere... from improper carwash techniques (which I personally rank highest among swirl producing procedures) to contaminated wax/cleaner applicators.

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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    So what I would do for a good detail is:?
    1. wash car
    2. clean with scratch x
    3. wax it with meguiars tech wax

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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    I would:
    1. Wash car
    2. Clay bar
    3. Depending on the degree or amount of scratches/swirls on the paint. ScratchX 2.0 will remove deeper scratches and may be better for smaller work areas, for lighter swirls or refining, swirlX or ultimate polish. For faster detailing, Cleaner Wax or ColorX can be used, especially if the paint isn't too badly swirled up, it will clean, polish protect in 1 simple step.
    4. Wax with NXT 2.0, Ultimate wax or Gold Class, choice of wax is up to you.

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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    I have a fine scratches and swirls in my car hood. I want to try to remove them with the ScratchX 2.0 and if it needs and with the Ultimate Compound by hand. I am afraid do not marring the car paint. I read that all are the technick. How much pressure should i use to the pad? What pad of Meguiars to use? The Meguiar's X3070 Soft Foam 4" Applicator Pad or the Meguiars Even Coat Applicator Pad X3080?

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    Re: How To Remove Swirls By Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by fpan View Post
    I have a fine scratches and swirls in my car hood. I want to try to remove them with the ScratchX 2.0 and if it needs and with the Ultimate Compound by hand. I am afraid do not marring the car paint. I read that all are the technick. How much pressure should i use to the pad? What pad of Meguiars to use? The Meguiar's X3070 Soft Foam 4" Applicator Pad or the Meguiars Even Coat Applicator Pad X3080?
    Well, of course doa test spot, area before doing the whole car to check on things.

    But save time, just get the UC.

    I would get the foam applicator... And it will take a good but if pressure. The key is keeping the pressure even.
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