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    Default The dreaded 'Swirl' Marks.....

    What can I do to get rid of these blasted things?? Just been outside and seen the car gleaming in the sunshine..... then I saw the door panels and they are covered in Swirl Marks.......



    Wil the 3 Stage Megs do it or will it need something else?

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    To help suggestions here I have the following available to me.....

    Megs Clay
    Megs 3 Stage
    Megs Detailer
    Turtle Wax, Wax / Paste

    This is doing my head in.....

    What is a decent shampoo that I should be using??

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    If your doing it by hand (depending on how deep they are) then it's gunna be hard work, very hard work in fact !
    Better to get it machine polished. It's not a 5 minute job to do it right, it's the best part of the day even with a machine doing it.
    Why not ask if any members local to you have a Porter Cable or similar who might loan it to you for a weekend ?


    Have consideration for the deaf, if you're gunna fart, make it smell !


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    it will help... you can also get some polishes etc that hide the marks by filling them.. but thats not a permament solution...
    the only way to permanently get rid of them is to have your car machine polished/ or pc'd using a cutting compound...

    also to stop anymore..ditch the sponge and get a washmit... and use a drying towel and not a shammy...
    use the 2 bucket method also... one with a bucket of suds.. one with clean water,, wash a panel with the soapy water..and then before getting more soapy water, rinse it in the clean bucket..and then back into the suds..

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    Cheers for that. Managed to get a fair few of them out by hand, but after the last wash and dry they have, or appear to have come straights back!

    They dont appear to be deep, which is probably a good thing.

    Off to get some decent shampoo for it now, and some more clay..... that blasted submarine has left rusty deposits all over it again!


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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew the bobby View Post
    To help suggestions here I have the following available to me.....

    Megs Clay - THIS WON'T REMOVE THE SWIRLS. JUST CLEANS THE PAINTWORK OF CONTAMINATION.
    Megs 3 Stage - THIS IS A LIQUID WAX.
    Megs Detailer - USE THIS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR BODYWORK AS A QUICK WIPE OVER.
    Turtle Wax, Wax / Paste - AGAIN, JUST A WAX AND ISN'T ABRASIVE SO WON'T REMOVE ANY SWIRLS.

    This is doing my head in.....

    What is a decent shampoo that I should be using?? MEGS GOLD CLASS OR ZYMOL CAR WASH ARE VERY GOOD AND BOTH AVAILABLE FROM HALFORDS.
    WASH USING ANY GOOD SHAMPOO.....
    CLAY THE CAR AFTER WASHING AND USE YOUR MEGS DETAILER AS LUBRICANT..........
    POLISH WITH A MEDIUM TO FINE POLISH - AUTO GLYM SILICON RESIN POLISH IS GOOD OR THE STAGE 2 MEGS......
    WAX WITH THE STAGE 3 MEGS.
    You can buy other polishes and waxes off the internet but you have the basics already.


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    Good advice already given mate.

    However don't jump straight in and try and remove the swirls with a machine polisher as you could end up doing a lot more damage to the paint. Best way is to practice with a scrap bonnet etc till you have enough skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fil 4822 View Post
    WASH USING ANY GOOD SHAMPOO.....
    CLAY THE CAR AFTER WASHING AND USE YOUR MEGS DETAILER AS LUBRICANT..........
    POLISH WITH A MEDIUM TO FINE POLISH - AUTO GLYM SILICON RESIN POLISH IS GOOD OR THE STAGE 2 MEGS......
    WAX WITH THE STAGE 3 MEGS.
    You can buy other polishes and waxes off the internet but you have the basics already.

    Got megs gold class shampoo today in halfrauds.

    Car detailing / cleaning products are 3 for 2.

    Got a new clay kit, gold class and a wheel cleaner that i use (Nano Tech) for £35.

    Off out to play now.... and to try and make it look fairly decent!

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    Byt eh way, isnt stage 1 megs a paint cleaner - ie can get rid of some minor swirls??

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    Megs step 1 is a chemical paint cleaner so won't get rid of swirls. Step 2 acts like a glaze and has fillers which will hide some of them. Both are non abrasive.

    I'd go for AG SRP which has cleaners and is abrasive if you want something off the shelf followed by AG EGP to seal.

    A good wax on top will add extra protection.

    But you need a machine polisher to remove swirls.

    Andy's is being done tommorrow so that should be a good example of how a Pro. detailer tackles swirls.

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