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Old 03-11-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Detailing question (swirls, polishing etc..)

I've never used the clay before but want to do this myself. Can anyone tell me the procedure in doing this properly? I want to remove swirls and surface scratches, and then buff/wax. Is there a certain order it goes? ex. Wash, clay, wash, wax?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:09 PM   #2
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Claying will not remove swirls or scratches. What claying will do is make the Paint feel nice and smooth.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
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would swirlX be good?
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:39 AM   #4
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I'm not an expert but swirlX will work. You can find lots of good advice on the swirl removal process in the detailing section, lots of good threads to help you.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:27 PM   #5
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i would personally get a "cleaner wax" it will help with the swirls and scratches.

who makes swirlx?
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:47 PM   #6
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i would personally get a "cleaner wax" it will help with the swirls and scratches.

who makes swirlx?
I believe Meguiar's makes SwirlX and ScratchX.. just not sure if these products bring more hype than actual hands-on detail.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:47 PM   #7
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I'm not an expert but swirlX will work. You can find lots of good advice on the swirl removal process in the detailing section, lots of good threads to help you.
thx man!
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:31 PM   #8
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Products like Swirlx or Scratchx and even Waxes are good temporary fixes to swirls, light scratches or scuffs. They act as a filler and will make the car look good right after you finish the entire car, and as the elements or car washes will make your car look the same as before.

Another way to eliminate most of the swirls, light scratches or scuffs is to use a hand polish such as Autoglym Super Resin Polish. This will make your paint look better then using products like Swirlx or Scratchx, then add a strong lasting wax on top

Now the best way to remove swirls, light scratches or scuffs is to have it professionally done with a high speed polisher and depending how bad the paint is you may need to have a one, two or three stage polish done.

Hope this helps.

If you want it done professionally pm, email or give me a call and we can setup an appointment for early spring.

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Old 03-14-2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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Hi Dave If you want to remove the swirl marks you might want to consider something other than SwirlX by meguiar's I would recommend Menzerna Intensive Polish to remove scratches and swirl marks its a much better product

There are many good polishes out there on the market. If you are going to do this yourself make sure you have lots of time The first step will be to wash your car and dry it then if you need to clay bar the paint surface to remove brake dust, bugs, tar. The next step will be to use a polish like Menzerna Intensive Polish to remove scratches and swirl marks you will need a high speed buffer like a Makita or a Porter Cable I prefer the Makita just my preference.

Depending on how bad your paint is this may be more then just a one step polish it may take up to three steps to get you paint back to looking like new. The final step will to to use a paint sealant to protect your paint finish paint sealants are much better then a wax because they stand up better to mother nature then a wax will.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:05 AM   #10
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[quote=Marky_mark;1486907]Hi Dave If you want to remove the swirl marks you might want to consider something other than SwirlX by meguiar's I would recommend Menzerna Intensive Polish to remove scratches and swirl marks its a much better product

There are many good polishes out there on the market. If you are going to do this yourself make sure you have lots of time The first step will be to wash your car and dry it then if you need to clay bar the paint surface to remove brake dust, bugs, tar. The next step will be to use a polish like Menzerna Intensive Polish to remove scratches and swirl marks you will need a high speed buffer like a Makita or a Porter Cable I prefer the Makita just my preference.

Depending on how bad your paint is this may be more then just a one step polish it may take up to three steps to get you paint back to looking like new. The final step will to to use a paint sealant to protect your paint finish paint sealants are much better then a wax because they stand up better to mother nature then a wax will.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:06 PM   #11
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get the best result for your paint finish I would recommend getting it professionally done I would be happy to help you out I have done many cars for some Maxbimmer members and they have been really happy with my work.
Mark and TrueGem

Would you guys be able to provide the cost in PM to get it professionally done?

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Old 03-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #12
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I came across this website somewhere and have it bookmarked. I've been referring to it for detailing guides.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Auto-Detailing-Guide/

Also, I have a question for the pros on the forum: I think my paint is in rough shape as there are some dime sized rough patches (coarse on touch) on my hood and roof. I wanted to polish the entire car but not sure if this process would only contribute to the problem.

Looking to clay, polish, and seal in the next couple of weeks. My car hasn't been properly detailed since I've owned it, approx 6 years.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:14 AM   #13
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Would you still need to clay the paint if you're getting it professionally buffed?
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:02 AM   #14
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Yes as a professional detailer I always clay bar before polishing.

The reason is that the clay bar will remove all the micro contaminants and ensure that the polishing pads are not collecting the contaminants and then spreading it over the rest of the car. Possibly making the paint look worse then before.


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Old 05-05-2011, 10:37 AM   #15
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this has all been great advice. thanks alot.

ive gathered this information and heres my conclusion, let me know if this will work..

1 - wash and dry
2 - clay bar
3 - autoglym super resin polish
4 - autoglym high definition wax

instead of getting a clay bar kit, do you guys know where i can just grab 2 or 3 clay bars by themselves? I seen mothers clay bar kit at c.tire but going for almost $30.
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