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Aww Crap - Swirl Mark Help.

I had this decal on my hood I took it off


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But as a parting gift from the decal and it left me with glue residue, so I was using WD40 Microfiber cloth scrubbing to getting this glue off. I got it off! I also got a more swirl marks on my car.

After i finished I was scrubbed the hood twice with soap and water then I clayed the car then waxed it.



As a result i have swirl marks... Whats will be the best remedy to fix this? Have some one buff it? Polish it? or buy a new hood?

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Nice Stang, man! You could try Nu Finish Scratch Doctor--it takes out swirl marks and haze. I'm not sure if this would work on your car, but it's dark blue--i've got a black Mustang and used Turtle Wax's Black Box....it's black wax/ polish, but you should check around to see if it works on dark colors (dark green, dark blue, etc). It had done wonders for my flat black hood scoop, and it won't harm other colors on the car (ie: i've got red striping and chrome polished Mustang lettering and the wax didn't harm or stain either of them).


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Unless you have some detailing experience I would recommend taking it to a professional. Buffing out micro-scratches on a dark coloured car is probably best left to someone who has done it before.

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I picked up some of Meguiars products, Swirl X and Scratch X 2.0. Both seem very effective. I attacked a litany of swirls and scratches on my 'stang this past WE and I'm pretty pleased.

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Mild polish should clean that up but if you aren't skilled with a random orbital polisher you may want to get an expert to do it.
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Unless you have some detailing experience I would recommend taking it to a professional. Buffing out micro-scratches on a dark coloured car is probably best left to someone who has done it before.
+1, I've got a professional detail shop where they do McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche that quote me $250 for the entire car in & out. I might do that at some point.


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i buffed mine myself. no more swirls and a deep gloss finish



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Spend the money on a good random orbital. Plenty video's on this. Its not hard to do and sooner or later with a dark color you will have to do it again.


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i buffed mine myself. no more swirls and a deep gloss finish


Hot damn Midnight.....Looks like Im looking through a glass window.
AWESOME! Hard work pays off!

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I like the new look! You can easily loose the swirls yourself.
I had never used a buffer before purchasing a Porter Cable random orbital buffer a couple of months ago. After some research, I had no problems taking out the heavy swirls on my black 05 GT. IMO, detailedimage.com has the best tutorials and step by step guides by some of the top professional detailers in the US.
Here are some before and after pics. The after pics where taken after compounding and polishing. (Before any sealant and wax)
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I bought a random orbital from Griots and it's been the best car care product I've ever spent money on. Much better and faster than doing the polishing and waxing by hand.
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I bought a random orbital from Griots and it's been the best car care product I've ever spent money on. Much better and faster than doing the polishing and waxing by hand.
Ditto, I am a huge Griot's fan. I had to polish out a multitude of swirl marks and scratchs on my brand new vert. Griot's polishs combined with their orbital sander are very safe and no chance of grinding through your clear coat.

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Which orbital did you guys get?

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Which orbital did you guys get?
Like a few folks above, I went with Griot's for my random-orbital. I already was using their car care products so it was an easy choice. It appears to be a re-badged Porter Cable, or if not, the designer had a P-C on his desk while drawing it in CAD! Combined with Richard Griot's DVD that walked an idiot like me through the whole care care process, it is a great tool. I think the DVD comes with the polisher, but I had purchased one for ten bucks when I first started using the car care stuff. I know there are a ton of videos on the Net that shows this stuff but I like popping the DVD in and boning up on various steps. It takes you through the whole wash, clay, polish, wax, micro-fiber towel stuff and so on. Works for me!

PS I knew absolutely nothing about vehicle detailing and always used a pro shop; now if a car slows down on my street I feel like running out there with random-orbital and cleaning it up!
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Like a few folks above, I went with Griot's for my random-orbital. I already was using their car care products so it was an easy choice. It appears to be a re-badged Porter Cable, or if not, the designer had a P-C on his desk while drawing it in CAD! Combined with Richard Griot's DVD that walked an idiot like me through the whole care care process, it is a great tool. I think the DVD comes with the polisher, but I had purchased one for ten bucks when I first started using the car care stuff. I know there are a ton of videos on the Net that shows this stuff but I like popping the DVD in and boning up on various steps. It takes you through the whole wash, clay, polish, wax, micro-fiber towel stuff and so on. Works for me!

PS I knew absolutely nothing about vehicle detailing and always used a pro shop; now if a car slows down on my street I feel like running out there with random-orbital and cleaning it up!
lol!

That's awesome. Thanks.


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