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    Default Removing paint swirls?

    Simple question, but couldnt find the answer.

    Whats the Best and cheapest (cheapest that works) way to remove swirls in paint, which you can see when the light shines on it?

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    Are we talking about polishing swirls on the body work? If so, I always go over the body work with a super soft Micro Fibre (Think its static or something too?) cloth, it removes the swirls and left over wax/polish dust.

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    Urm, shine a light on the paint work, and theres loads of swirls, almost looks like scratches if you like, but they arent...

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    You could hide them a bit for AG SRP. The cheapest way is finding someone with a DA polisher or rotary that you can borrow.

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    Electric Polisher will remove them. Most methods by hand will only mask them unless you put in a massive amount of effort. AG SRP scored really well for this on Detailing World.

    PC is gonna be my next purchase. Don't think personally I can do much more by hand.

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    bilt hamber autobalm is very very good at hiding swirls and lasts a long time too, just check out www.detailingworld.com there is a swirl removal by hand thread and several autobalm ones

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    Removeing can be done by hand with a lot of hard work.

    Swirls can be masked or hidden by useing products that contain fillers like autoglym super resin polish (SRP) and bilt hamber auto balm.

    The best and easiest way is to use a machine polisher, not the £20-£30 jobs in Halfords but a proper polisher like the dual action G220, PC and UDM or a rotary.

    Once you have removed the swirls you need to alter your wash method so you don't inflict them again.

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    It looks hard to do it right with the electric polishers, and also expensive!

    And i assume the wrong wash method is using a sponge?

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    yep, sponges trap the dirt which is normally small particles of grit between it and the paint. wipeing the sponge over the paint can be compared to sandpaper and the grit scratches the paint and causes the swirl marks. Useing a lambswool washmitt and 2 buckets one for shampoo solution and the other for rinseing the mitt helps prevent causeing swirl marks.

    Machine polishing isnt that dificult as long as you just take your time and practice on other peoples cars before your own only jokeing use scrap panels from a bodyshop or scrap yard, but yes the machines are expensive but theyare the only way to remove swirl marks easily.

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    As a comparison to buying a machine polisher and then learning the knack, anyone had a "detail" done and at what cost?

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