Detailing gurus reveal steps to remove swirl marks

Minute scratches and fine lines can make a car's paint job look old and tired before its time, however, such imperfections can be removed provided drivers use the correct car exterior care tools and employ the right techniques.

These scratches can occur from road grit or from people not washing their vehicles the correct way and while removing them is a time-consuming process, the results make it a worthwhile job.

The team at Victory Detailing were recently called out to revitalise a Nissan 350z that the owner had purchased after striking it lucky on a slot machine in Atlantic City.

He was desperate to restore the car to its former glory and the experts were equally keen to do the work.

To begin with, they washed the motor down with citrus wash car shampoo to get rid of loose dirt and other debris that had accumulated on the bodywork.

Following this, they used clay bars to remove surface contaminants that the shampoo had failed to pick up.

The experts then turned to a rubbing compound to tackle the swirl marks and offered a few words of advice for anyone else considering doing the same thing.

"It always takes a little more time for the compound to break down and do its job so this step should never be rushed," the team noted.

Car polishes were then applied to give the paint a deep shine before the work was completed with a car sealant.

"The owner was very pleased with our results and referred us to his brother who owns a Jaguar S-Type R," the detailers added.

Vlad Samarin, editor of, said recently that drivers must address stone chips and scratches as a matter of urgency, as leaving them could see the paint work deteriorate and correcting them could cost more than it needs to.

Posted by Anne Simpson

2 Responses to “Detailing gurus reveal steps to remove swirl marks”

  1. Jeff says:

    is claying twice a month to much?

  2. Rob says:


    Thanks for your message. As you will know from your own experience claying twice a month is indeed excessive. We find that depending on the use and storage of the vehicle that once or twice a year is usually enough.



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