Reviving an old thread.
I clean my car myself; and do a daily jopasu wipe and weekly rinse-less wash (Proklear) using 3M micro fiber towel. Nothing else touches the car. I have open parking both at home and office and both the area's are surrounded by construction activities.(So the car gets a thick layer of dust in few hours).
The paint surface has too many swirls; though I take as much care as possible practically; but somehow i'm just not able to avoid them. (I had got swirls removed professional 4 months back); but the car is again full of them.
Any tips on how to avoid/reduce/remove them by myself? Anything, I'm doing in-correct
Swirls are caused by dust particle rubbing against the surface and hence any process (dusting, wiping,washing) that makes them rub against the surface will increase them.
You can alternate using Jopasu duster, Damp MF wipes (remember the Key: lots of towels), Rinseless/Waterless washes and a full shampoo wash. Use a good QD (Sonax BSD) or LSP after washes so the dust doesn't stick to the surface and a gentle wipe later is enough to remove it.
Please remember that it's difficult (more towards impossible) to reduce/remove swirls by hand but one can hide them using a good filler polish/wax.
Same with me. I live in Noida and everywhere there is dust and more over bird droppings irritate me the most.
I too use 3M microfibre towel to remove dust but swirl marks are tough to go.
I have even tried Formula 1 complete compound but that lasts only for few days and only hides swirl marks upto a certain level.
Now I have stopped wasting my money on these products and use ordinary hair shampoo to wash my car and concentrate on interiors only.
For interior cleaning I use Formula 1 Protectant (new car fragrance)which lasts long and work well. For glass cleaning colin is good.
But, you can do something that will help to get less swirls.
- Try touchless wash. Something like pressure washer or hose off. This will help to remove the major dust particles out of the paint. Then have a good foamy shampoo with fluffy MF glove to wash it.
- Gentle wipe down in single direction
- Use multiple towels to dry
Wash once in 2 weeks. Even if it dirty, don't worry. Since your paint is protected with sealant, these dust won't harm anything. The more you rub the surface, the more you get swirls.
My 2 cents
I'm in Stellar's G.Noida. All the taps/water outlets are sealed, can only be opened by specific tool by Gardner (as and when required). Hence no washing possible. Even if one tries to fetch bucket from upstairs, some or other gaurd comes up requesting not to spill water.
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