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Old 02-13-2008, 10:16 AM   #41
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After i got my tailgate repainted at the dealer after an unfortunate incident with a tree, i have noticed swirls in direct light. was this from a poor wax job or a buffer or what? they dont go away when i wash it. is this something i'm gonna have to polish out? cause i really dont want to do that. or will the swirls fade with time?
The body shop got careless with the buffer. I see this on people's cars all the time.

A fine polish will fix it. It won't go away by itself.
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After i got my tailgate repainted at the dealer after an unfortunate incident with a tree, i have noticed swirls in direct light. was this from a poor wax job or a buffer or what? they dont go away when i wash it. is this something i'm gonna have to polish out? cause i really dont want to do that. or will the swirls fade with time?

Take it out at night and look at the paint under flourescent lighting. You'll really see the swirls!

All those swirls are teenie tiny fine scratches in your paint.

Basically the only thing that'll get 'em out is a little elbow grease with a high quality polish. A buffer, in the wrong hands, can be detrimental in more ways than one.

Car washes (mechanical) net the same result. I don't care if they're "touchless" or not. The quickest way to destroy the factory shine on your paint is to take it to a car wash. Period. End of story.

Do it by hand.
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:25 AM   #43
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Berore I got the roo guard with police push bars I found out that the fenders are plastic. Don`t nudge a gate with them.
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I quess I don't understand why you want the water to bead up, isn't that where water spots come from? Why wouldn't you want to use something like Dura-Shine that sheets water away with no water spots. I used this for years on my Ford truck and when I traded it in it still looked new, whith a great shine.

In my opinion, water beading up on an unprotected car and drying is bad. Because when it dries, I see a crust of mnerals and it's hard to get rid of. Paint looks and feels damaged and visable roughness.

But, water beading up on a protected car is a good sign that the was is still working. When it dries, it's easy to remove with no apparent damage. Feels smooth and looks the same.

On a protected vehicle, beading leads to sheeting.

I'm sure you can debate the virtues of beading vs sheeting, but in either case, I feel it's just the particular qualities of the wax exhibiting themselves, but in either or both cases, it's a good thing that indicated the stuff's working.
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