Swirls in paint - From automatic car wash - Ideas??

Discussion in 'Detailing & Truck Care' started by 2011laserblue, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    Well fellas, I've got a problem.

    My once beautiful laser blue metallic paint has now got swirls in it - why? Because my brother talked me into going to this automatic car was that "won't swirl the paint because it has super soft brushes." To my demise, I got lazy and trusted his judgement and went through the carwash to get some of this damn salt off my truck. Plus there was an underbody spray, so I figured that wouldn't hurt.

    I've ALWAYS used a sponge while washing my truck, and waxed the whole thing at the end of every month....

    Now to my question - how do I get rid of it? I was thinking just go around it good with the wheel, will that do the job? Any special sort of product I should use? Or, is it a lost cause all together?

    Thanks guys!
  2. JMoney02

    JMoney02 New Member

    3M Swirl remover, go to the Auto Paint Store if you have one around you, follow the directions and only take your winter beater to the car wash and leave your Brother at home. :rofl:
  3. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    Wizard Diamond Cut, on a buffer will pull that out no problem.

    If It's real bad, Wizard sells Turbo Cut (1st step), Finish Cut (mild) Diamond Cut (finish)
  4. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Ditto to above.. Any good Autoparts store will have a good product to remove them as long as you know how to wheel.. And also remember bikini_girl_washing_car_lg_clr.gif Always wash by hand kid_washing_car_mc.gif Then a good car_shower_lg_clr.gif As for your brother...[​IMG]
  5. Als09Sierra

    Als09Sierra New Member


    if you have to take it somewhere make sure it uses no brushes whatsoever. I use Adams polish with my Porter Cable polisher. I used the light swirl polish once last year and it cleaned them up real nice. Good luck and ask your bro if he wants you to wash his car with sandpaper. :lol:
  6. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    Haha thanks for the responses guys. I truly am kicking myself. I always wash by hand and swore that I would never take my truck into one of those contraptions because I know what they do. I was actually really surprised that my brother was so insistent on going, he is very meticulous about his truck. But he assured me that this place has soft brushes and would not leave swirls. Lesson learned.

    It is times like this that I wish I would have gone with a 6" lift so I wouldn't have been able to fit in the first place. But the 4" does come in handy with garages, etc. :glasses:

    Anyway, getting off topic. I appreciate the help!!! :great:
  7. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    I use a product... It works very well... I am not recalling the exact name... It is a glazing compound. I would buff the entire truck... You have to do it a quarter at a time. One tip... I like to hit mine with prepsol and clay bar before the buff. Then follow up with a paint sealer ... Orbital applied. And finally two thin coats of wax two weeks later. That's how I keep my truck so shiny... :))))
  8. JHL88

    JHL88 New Member

    car wash with bristles is a no no. it doesn't matter if they have soft bristles or not it has washed plenty of cars before yours and the dirt sand grime etc. stays in the fibers of the cloth and scratches the clear coat everytime a vehicle goes through it. i recommend to reduce swirls when washing it by hand use the 2 bucket method with 2 grit guards. if i were you id use a safe machine like a porter cable (rotary buffer is dangerous to a clear coat if you don't know how to use it right) and some polishing compound to remove the damage
  9. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    As stated before, I waxed my truck at the end of every month - washed it, clay barred it, then waxed :) Clay bars are awesome.

    I know, I think about that now...but I was feeling lazy and my brother was so convincing...it seemed like a good idea at the time...? :neutral:
  10. nikkeshelton

    nikkeshelton New Member

    Stupid brother!! How about a clay bar?
  11. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    I think a Good Buffing will be better for this..
  12. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    Agreed, I think I'll give it a bath, clay bar it, check out some of the products you all recommended, then hit it with the wheel!
  13. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    If you think yours is swirled, you should see mine. That plan kind of backfired on me...NEVER again.

    In case you havn't figured it out, i'm the Stupid Brother:lol:
  14. Trucking

    Trucking New Member

    So your brother has told you by now that the car wash didn't leave the swirl marks, and he's right. A car wash won't leave swirl marks. Washing, polishing or waxing in a circular motion leaves swirl marks, and "hitting it with the wheel" will leave swirl marks. If you want to get rid of them by hand, something like 3M Imperial Hand Glaze does a great job, just don't apply and buff in a circular motion. If you want to use a machine, you need an orbital buffer like a Porter-Cable, like the one Griot's sells.
  15. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    First, I am not a professional and I try and stick with my truck only, but I have a few friends were the paint on their car was badly oxidized and they let me mess around with their cars after signing a waiver of liability not to sue me for damages, and it let me practice a little more to :).

    I bought one of those 10 inch orbital polishers from the parts store and they are the worst thing an average home owner can get to polish their cars. After allot of research I ended up spending "big money" $250 for a polisher.

    (I am not trying to advertise for them, but the video shows you how to fix some of the issues you have with that polisher).

  16. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I take my 2013 to an automatic car wash all the time. The one I use has brushes, and it leaves no scratches. They keep their brushes clean. Now the car wash I go to, the brushes don't spin, they just go over your car.

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