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Old 07-25-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Swirl marks..what to use..

I have a Porter Cable DA. Just did some scratch cleanup on my truck and wondering what to use on swirl marks (not from the recent work).

I used the Meguiar's scratch remover stuff and loved it..did a great job.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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How deep are the swirls? Can you catch your fingernail on them?
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Nope, not deep at all..just slight ones you gotta really look for or if the light hits it right. I did have a few deeper ones that I took out which hadn't gone through to the paint..loving the new toy
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Ive used poor boy's world for years and cannot recommend them enough. http://www.poorboysworld.com I've used their swirl removers, waxes, sealents, polishes... they're all great!
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I've had great luck with Meguiar's products. Personally, I use the Ultimate Compound followed by a good sealant or wax. I did buy some of their cutting waxes but I have not had a chance to test them out yet. The Ultimate Compound works well for taking out minor imperfections and removing some paint exchange.
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I used the scratch remover to pull paint transfer off my friend's Malibu. That was the one I mentioned before using a cheapo buffer on and it got about half of it..the DA pulled it right away with the Meguiar's. I had to use a little rubbing compound on the last 4 inches where the impact had been as well.
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Wolfgang total Swirl remover, or chemical guys V36 works great as well..,
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dont forget to have the proper pad on the PC. kinda silly to use a swirl remover if you are using a red finishing pad... as well as the fact that you wouldnt want to just jump right in with an orange light cutting pad either.... but like lyod mentioned, I would use a quality product to remove the swirls. the end result will show the difference. I actually prefer Menzerna products but that is just because i have not tried the CG optical line yet... have been told I will fall in love with that line when i finally decide to try them out.
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dont forget to have the proper pad on the PC. kinda silly to use a swirl remover if you are using a red finishing pad... as well as the fact that you wouldnt want to just jump right in with an orange light cutting pad either.... but like lyod mentioned, I would use a quality product to remove the swirls. the end result will show the difference. I actually prefer Menzerna products but that is just because i have not tried the CG optical line yet... have been told I will fall in love with that line when i finally decide to try them out.
Good call. I have the orange pad which says it is for swirls among other things, that is the one I would use. I have a set of 4 pads, didn't see the need to buy the whole 9-10 set.
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May want to start off with a swirl remover and the white pad... if you have one. remember you want to polish the least amount possible to fix the problem. start light and advanced to heavy if needed.... doesnt take but a small section to try out the white to see if it will get the job done, may or may not be enough. if it is it will eliminate an entire step in your polishing. bc after you use the orange pad you are gonna have to go back over it with a white to finish polish it anyway...
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Good idea, if I don't have the white one I'll pick one up. I did some work on my friend's car but that was paint transfer so I knew orange was the way.

Edit: Ok White says for light cutting to clean paint, use with pre wax cleaners, wax, sealant.

Orange says Polish, swirl removers, light compounds..repairing swirl marks and minor scratched. This is the Lake Country set on Autogeek
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id use the white after the orange to remove the slight imperfections left by the heavier orange pad...
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:03 PM   #13
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Lots of products out there. I really like Meguiar's m105/m205 combo for exactly what you are describing. Seeing you don't have any major defects in the paint, more abrasive polishes are not needed. I would try the 205 with a white pad. Go slow and really jewel up that surface. What is nice about the 205 is that the more you work it, the smaller the abrasives get and on turn, make a finer polish. Tape off a 1'x1' section on the affected area. Dial in your technique in this area first. No need to do the whole truck and realize it is not perfect. You will see how many passes up and down plus left and right you need to achieve your goal. Proceed to the rest of the paint when your satisfied with the results. No need for a red pad imo. Orange/white works fine for me. Never met a defect I couldn't make look better if not get out completely. I use black pads to apply wax/sealant. Good luck.
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