Swirls, can they really be avoided? I don't think so. Read on...
I am extremely p###ed off.
Had my new S3 one month, I've only washed it 3 times, and I have the start of swirls / micro-fine scratches. I just cannot understand where I have gone wrong.
Firstly, I should mention, these swirls were not done at the dealers during PDI. I gave the dealers specific instructions to just remove the plastic protective sheets, jet-wash and leave to dry. No sponges, no hydro-blades etc. The car was free from swirls / micro-fine scratches. I checked the car numerous times before I gave it its first hand-wash by myself. I checked the car under sunlight, normal bulb light in the garage, and under the halogen outside light on the side of the house.
Before the cars first wash, I purchased 2 brand new Meguiars micro-fibre wash mitts. I also bought 2 24"x34" Micropak Waffle-Weave drying towels.
After the first wash, after a week of having the car, no swirls.
After the second wash, about a week or two ago, didn't check the car for swirls.
But after last nights wash, the third wash, (using a brand new mitt, straight out of the packet) swirls all over. Not too bad yet, but they are there and noticeable in sunlight and halogen light.
My wash method has been the following:-
- Rinse the car thoroughly with water via hose pipe.
- 1 bucket, with car shampoo (meguiars gold class)
- 1 meguiars wash mitt (brand new last night)
- 1 bucket, clean water for rinsing the wash mitt in between applications on the car
- Grit guard in the bottom of the shampoo bucket
- Microfibre Waffle-weave driving towel 24"x34" (I have used the towel before, and they have been through the washing machine, no fabric softener, but dried on the radiator)
When the rinsing water gets to soapy, I replace it for some more clean water. When rinsing the wash mitt I check it for any grit or insect residue etc.
I work from the top of the car down and use a seperate sponge/mitt for the bottom sills, making sure not to use that one on the bodywork.
I tend to wash the roof and windows first. Then rinse those sections and then dry with the Microfibre Waffle weave towel. I then continue to wash the car a section at a time. Bonnet and front, drivers side, passenger side, and finally the rear. As soon as the water level gets down to where my wash mitt even slightly touches the grit guard, I change the water.
Due to weather at weekends since having the car...either too wet or too sunny, I have not yet applied any polish or wax.
So where have I gone wrong, what could I have done to cause the swirls?
Finally, could someone provide me with a clear-cut way to remove them?
Is there a definitive answer?
If you could tell me what I need, I'll buy it straight away, I need to sort this out ASAP. I cannot live with it knowing there are swirls on my brand new car.
I have meguiars ScratchX, but I don't rate it.
How about Auto Glym Super Resin Polish?
Machine polisher? Hand polishing? Heeeeeeeelllllllp!!!!
I really need your help on this.