After 6 months of only hand washing my car, I have a few mild scratches in the clear coat. Nothing anyone would notice except me, but they drive me nuts.
Any advice on how to remove them?
Any specific products recommended?
Hard to get rid of fine scratches. But you can minimize future scratches by using the minimum contact wash technique that 'Junkman' advocates on You Tube.
Did you follow good washing practices such as two bucket method etc.? Mechanical polish can remove them but you probably should pay to have a good detailer to do it. For washing the car I recommend Chemical Guys' super sud shampoo and foam gun or when you want to do it inside the garage the Optimum No Rinse wash product. You can check reviews of these products on Amazon. People are swear by them including many professional detailers.
Thanks for the advice.
b=Been using two bucket approach and foam gun.
Trying to touch the car during the wash as little as possible.
Does a coat of wax help?
How often do people recommend waxing?
A couple of things:
1) I find a lot of folks do fine of the washing part, then end up scratching the finish during drying, so make sure you are using good quality waffle microfiber cloths, rage the tags off, and make sure you are not wearing any jewelry, watches, etc--better still get something like the MasterBlaster so you don't have to touch your car at all
2) If the starches are mild, a good coat of was should fill them in and make them less noticable.
where do you live. We've got even deep scratches removed from a BMW 540 that we are turning the lease in at the end of November 2013.
We'll get our Model S 85KwHr on 11.22.13.
Please search these forums with volkerize.com and also go to TMC and read up there. The TM factory paint is very soft (CA VOC compliant) and scratches easily. You need to consider paint protection (OptiCoat, CQuartz) or film.
Only had my MS for 11 days, but yesterday used QuickDetail to remove accumulated dust and bird droppings. Works for me and takes only about 20 minutes - if you're slow.
"The Absorber" available at Auto Zone/Amazon. Best water remover ever!
Kind of a rubbery feel to the absorber but..... No lint. No streaks. NO WATER! ..... smooth glass finish in one wipe! Lasts for years and washable.
Sooo soapy pressure wash... rinse.... wipe! DONE!
I use Menzerna polishes and a 7424XP buffer with 4" pads. It gets kinda hot with the smaller pads but I've found it's the only way to get decent correction on hard CeramiClear finishes like my Mercedes without a rotary.....The Model S with its softer paint will definitely mean a change in technique.
The rule goes you can only minimize swirls and scratches, not prevent them completely. You'll likely polish a couple times a year, though not as intense once you've done a moderate correction...Use 2-bucket method with grit guards, foam cannon if you got a pressure washer, and always keep your microfibers clean. I use waffleweaves to dry. Blackfire Wet Diamond paint sealant and the occasional Midnight Sun wax is all I use now. Some of us more off the deep end use products like CR Spotless which completely softens the water and you don't even have to dry as the water won't leave any spots.
If you go off the deep end in soft water, do you sink faster? ;p
I am using surface protection tape to protect my car's paint. It prevents scratches, ageing and stains. You should try this product once.
Here is what people need to understand about scratches, no matter how fine they are, the only way to get rid of them is really not getting rid of them. You have to bring the surface down to the level of the scratch. "Swirl removers" are either temporary fillers to hide the scratch or they are polishes which removes a layer, albeit a microscopic one, of paint. The more you polish, the thinner your paint is getting. That is why there is a concern of "burning" through the pain when using a high speed polisher. Since most cars have clear coat, you don't see the paint coming off. Clear coat is paint without pigment. Apply the mildest cleaner to a solid color, single stage paint and you will see the color on the rag/applicator. That is you removing paint. At the most, I would recommend a polish once a year.
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