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Old 09-16-2010, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need some advice..

Well the car is about a year old.. When I first drove it off the dealer lot I was too excited to notice the swirls on the hood. (before I bought it, the car sat on the lot for a couple of months)



I tried (by hand):

1. 2 bucket wash
2. Meguiars clay kit
3. Meguiars Swirl X/ Scratch X 2.0
4. Meguiars Show Car Glaze #7
5. Meguiars NXT 2.0 Wax

and the hood still looks terrible..

any opinions? I've been looking for a good detailer in socal but haven't found anyone..and if i were to take it in you guys know how much i'm looking at to pay?

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Old 09-16-2010, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Compound it. Im sure you can find a good detailer in socal
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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maybe a good polish with an electric buffer
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i'll try to get some better close up pics tomorrow when the sun is up. Forgot to mention there's also tiny scratches over the hood.. looks like a chicken or bird danced on my hood
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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carbon fiber hood =P
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i would just get it painted if the scratches are all the way through, i know a good shop around you, its off 8th and archibald in Rancho just after the train tracks if you know the area, i got my door done there for a fair price
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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how far is that from temecula/murrieta area?
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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from temecula its about a 40min drive, but im sure there is something closer and better near you
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Invest in a porter cable dual action polisher. Will save you a lot of time and effort and you will achieve better results as far as swirls any paint swirls but black is one of the best to show it. As far as fixing the swirls and scratches I would suggest using the meguiar's 105 with a orange pad or white pad and 205 polishes (with a white pad), then seal with a sealer and top with a wax. Once this has been achieved I would suggest following proper washing techniques using the 2 bucket method with grit guards, a good clean wash mitt, and clean mf towels to dry as well as wipe anything off the car such as polishes and waxes. Pretty much you can look at Raskys detailing and it will describe all of this. A good site for detail equipment, supplies, and advice is autogeek.net. I used to own a black car and a know how much a PITA it is to keep clean and swirl free.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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you did all that and still looks like that eh? even with the pic not being that high resolution i can see the marks... the scratch x is pretty good stuff.. what i would try is mothers or megs step 1 cleaner.. use the terry part of the pads... put a decent amount of pressure as you want to polish out the swirls.. the good thing about the cleaner is that is also has oils that will hydrate your paint.. the show car glaze strips everything and leaves the finish squeaky... and is a ***** to buff so chances are you may have put more swirls in when buffing it out... make sure you are only using 100% real egyptian terry towels or better yet microfibre towels...oh ya, wax should be put on lightly using sponge applicator.

then finish off with a more durable wax such as megs hi tech yellow, or mothers real carnauba wax... give that a shot! ive done the clay, step 1, either step 2 polish or any time of polish/glaze, and a wax with great results even on cars that are way older than yours... and more abused.

those marks look more like fingerprints though.. you have better pics/

lastly, the stock paint sucks big time.... my trunk and hood have some stains and even the dreaded crows feet.... i know for a fact i will need to repaint the roof hood and trunk within the next 3 years.. its reality. and inevitable

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