10 Top Tips to Avoid Swirls and Scratches when Car Cleaning

How to avoid swirl marks on you carOne of the questions we are asked, almost daily, is How To Avoid Swirl Marks when washing your car.

To help answer this question we have put together our “Top 10 ten tips to avoid swirls and scratches when cleaning a car”. First let’s have a quick look at exactly what swirl marks are and how they are caused.

Swirls, also know as spider or cob-webbing mainly show up on bright sunny days. They are in effect small scratches in the clearcoat of your paint that are reflecting light in all directions.

This is why they look as though they are round as if someone has been using an abrasive pad in a circular motion. This is what has also given rise to the myth that they are caused by polishing in a circular motion.

However if you were to look at swirls under a direct artificial light you would see the scratches go in all directions and only the sunlight reflecting makes them look circular. The main cause of swirls is using the wrong tools and processes during the washing of your motor.

  1. Our absolute Number One tip is therefore

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Step by Step Guide to Clear Plastic Headlight Restoration

Clear Plastic Headlight RestorationIn this article we take a look at a subject affects nearly all cars owners at some point in time – that of Clear Plastic Headlight Restoration. One of our regular customers recently pulled up outside our premises and asked me to take a look at his headlights which had become extremely clouded and dull over time from a combination of fine scratches and the effects of UV on the clear plastic.

Afraid that they were going to fail his upcoming MOT and not being able to afford a new set of headlights he wanted to know how he could restore the clarity back to his headlights.

I advised there are a number of different products available on the market which enable you to polish away light scratches, scuffs, haziness and surface marks from your headlights to leave them looking like new.

These range from single stage polishes, two step cleaning and polishing compounds to multi-step headlight restoration and protection kits.

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Car Polishing Machines and the Difference Between Rotary, Dual Action & Orbital

When looking to buy a polishing machine we often get asked if Rotary car polishing machines are suitable for first-time users and what the main differences are between Rotary, Dual Action and Orbital car polishers.

Rotary Polishers

The motor on these machines directly drives the polishing head that fixes directly to the backing plate onto which you fix your cutting, polishing or finishing pad.

This means all the power, and there can be a vast amount of it, is directly driving the rotation of the machine down onto and across your paintwork – too much pressure and you can quickly burn through your paintwork.

However the upside is

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What is Nano Technology and how does it Work in Car Care Products?

Like many other industries the car care market is always looking for that next breakthrough product that will provide a “better shine”, “more effective scratch removal” or “the best beading you have ever seen”. The adoption of “Nano Technology” appears to be one of those bandwagons that many manufacturers are now jumping on-board.

But what is Nanotech as it is more commonly called, how does it work and what, if any, are the benefits to you?

The wikipedia definition of Nanotech is: “the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.” In other words developing materials whose basic structure is made of particles measuring between 1 and 100 billionth of a meter in at least one dimension.

To give you an idea of how small that is, it would take eight hundred one hundred nanometer particles side by side to match the width of a human hair!

How does it work?

How Nano Technology Works in Car Wax

How it works will depend on the type of product, i.e whether a car wax or a scratch remover. The general principle for car wax, sealants and polishes is

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Waterless Car Wash Products – Do They Really Work?

Meguiar's Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax Anywhere 768mlIn recent years it has been a rare occurrence if a month has gone by where we have not been approached by a company looking for us to stock their new waterless car wash product.

Some extol the virtues of the “environmentally friendly” properties of the product, although reading up on many these mainly relate to the fact that it is saving water, rather than the make-up of the product itself.

Others talk up the cleaning properties of the waterless car wash products, although very few seem to go so far as to guarantee not to cause swirl marks on your paintwork.

So far I have resisted these products – but am I being too traditional? I admit we have always believed that for the safest wash possible as much as the dirt and grime should be washed off the vehicle with water, prior to the use of a good quality car shampoo  and lambswool (or microfibre) wash mitt.

I agree that where we are talking giving the paintwork a final prep, having been driven to a show, then a good quality detailing spray and microfibre cloth

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Top 10 Car Polish and Wax for Dark Coloured Cars

 

One of the most common questions we get asked is what are the best car wax, polish and detailing products for dark or light, black, blue, red, white, green etc coloured cars. In particular black, blue and dark coloured cars seem to be some of the most popular requests for the best car wax or car polish for such colours.

It is possible to get detailing products with pigments in them for each type of colour, but these are not really necessary and are not particularly long-lasting, simply disguising the problem rather than correcting it.

That said when you get into the more serious detailing products there are a number of car waxes and car polishes that are designed for or work really well on black , blue and dark cars.

Many of the well established car polish and wax manufacturers have products designed for use on black cars, blue cars and other dark colours. These include Poorboys, Meguiars, Dodo Juice and Pinnacle Wax to name a few.

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