afraid of polishing or waxing

tracklayer

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2012 Cmax titanium
just had a Cmax in lunar sky which as you probably know is a darkish brown the previous car was black and i am sooo afraid to polish or wax it as all i keep seeing on dark cars is swirling,either they are over waxed or lightly scratched with polishing at a guess??.my neighbour has a black car and uses mer what he doesnt realise is when the sun is on it god it looks terrible.my previous car to this was in performance blue which i thought i would polish with auto glym super resin polish and completely swirled the car when the sun was on it, looked bad. PLEASE HELP.:embarrest:.
 
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MasterAuron

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It's normally the washing that does it. It will need a correction polish by machine to remove the swirls and a couple of layers of wax or sealant. From then on only wash with a mitt and the two bucket method. A sponge is a big no-no. Rinsing as much dirt off the car as possible either with snowfoam or just the jetwash helps.

SRP is a filler polish that will just mask the swirls. It is possible to polish swirls or deep scratches in if the paint isn't 100% clean before polishing. Claying and IPA wipedown is essential imo.

Also, autocorrect corrects jetwash to Jewish. I lol'd.
 

tracklayer

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11
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uk coalville
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2012 Cmax titanium
sorry but i think i may have droned on a bit to much about waxing and polishing that you misunderstood.the car is new and i am afraid of waxing or polishing it in case i put scratches on it and swirls what polishes and waxes and sealants are the ones to use???
 

yankfan100

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Taplow,Bucks
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MG ZS IXL DTi
OK, firstly tracklayer get yourself some Autoglym Super Resin polish, 2ndly, to not get swirls start on the bonnet at the screen(top), polish down & up, down & up turning the cloth every 2 up & downs, plus dampen the cloth with water first, just enough so u can feel its a bit damp, appply polish to cloth & away u go.. do the door either way, up & down or side to side, BUT keep your strokes straight. ..Nuff said, any probs get back to me any time ,,,but try a test area first....ttfn...
 

obi_waynne

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Most of that damage is done whilst washing, if you use a dual action polisher when you polish or wax it improves things a lot.

Make sure you know the difference between polish and wax though. ;)
 

Teo

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Appleton,WI,USA
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2015 HellCat 745hp
just had a Cmax in lunar sky which as you probably know is a darkish brown the previous car was black and i am sooo afraid to polish or wax it as all i keep seeing on dark cars is swirling,either they are over waxed or lightly scratched with polishing at a guess??.my neighbour has a black car and uses mer what he doesnt realise is when the sun is on it god it looks terrible.my previous car to this was in performance blue which i thought i would polish with auto glym super resin polish and completely swirled the car when the sun was on it, looked bad. PLEASE HELP.:embarrest:.

Hello and Welcome!
Here in the States we have many issues with maintaining our rides. Especially like mine which is Deep Gloss Black!! :( One can spend an entire lifetime just trying to keep it clean yet alone highly polished and swirl free! Here is a link to a website that specializes in many products to help you. http://www.autogeek.net They also have a detailers forum to take the anxiety out of the process. |B
 

wizzer

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Lyndhurst, Hampshire
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Use a waterless car cleaning product that adds a layer of wax and you'll get a streak and swirl free finish.

Be sure to use a very soft microfibre cloth though.
 

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