How to Choose a Swirl Remover Polish

March 7, 2012

Most swirl marks and scratches can be abated with swirl remover polish. Learn how and when it's appropriate to use swirl remover.

Applying Swirl Remover Polish

A swirl remover polish helps remove swirl marks and fine scratches from the car's surface and leaves your car looking glossy and as good as new. It acts as a sealant and when it's removed from the car's surface, a small film of polish remains on the paint and protects it from damage caused by dirt and grime. It also protects your car paint, by providing a nonstick coating on the paint. This discourages road grime and bird droppings from sticking to the car.

Paint decays due to exposure to oxygen and the sun's heat. Car polish removes this decayed paint. Polish with additives such as aloe and jojoba also improves the gloss and texture of the car's paint and helps keep it in pristine condition. A fine polish is designed to keep your car looking wet and glossy, whereas a coarse polish makes the car look cloudy.

Choosing a Swirl Remover Polish

  • New cars should preferably never be polished. If they must be polished, it's essential to use a fine polish with a buffer set at a low speed. Polishing is the best way to keep older cars looking new. A moderate or more abrasive polish may be used on older cars, depending on how deep the scratches are. If the scratches are mild, you should use a moderately abrasive polish with the buffer set at a moderate speed; if the scratches are deep, use a stronger polish with the buffer set at a high speed
  • The hardness of the paint also determines your choice of car polish. If the paint is harder, you should use more abrasive car polish
  • If the coat of the paint is thin consider using a fine polish. On the other hand, use a more abrasive polish if the paint has a thicker coat
  • Use the least abrasive polish to get the job done, as a coarser polish might completely remove the top coat from the paint. Don't forget to use the correct polishing pad, and set the buffer at a lower speed so as to not damage the car's surface
  • Make sure that your car is clean and dry before you polish it. Don't work in bad weather or humid conditions

Using a Swirl Remover

  • Always use the swirl remover in the shade and when the car has cooled down completely. Avoid working in humid conditions
  • You should wait until the previous wax coating has worn off. Alternatively, you can remove the layer of wax coating on your car with the use of a mild dish detergent
  • Wash the car thoroughly with car wash solution and dry it with a soft towel
  • After the car is dry, apply a small amount of swirl remover to the foam applicator. Apply this to the car's surface, working in a circular motion, in a backward to forward direction. You should always work on small portions of a panel at a time. Rub in the swirl remover firmly, but not so hard your finger marks are left through the applicator. Be careful to only apply a light covering, as you don't want the extra work of removing the residue
  • Immediately remove the excess residue before you start working on another area. Residue shouldn't be allowed to dry on the surface
  • Let the compound dry to a haze. Depending on the humidity and temperature, this should take around 5 minutes. Subsequently, remove the compound using a foam bonnet on a power buffer. Always use circular motions to remove the compound. At the end of the removal, the surface should be clean and shiny
  • The compound fills the swirl marks and hides them. If the scratches or swirls are deeper, just one application of the compound might not be enough. Check to confirm that all the swirl marks have been completely removed. If they haven't, a second or third treatment might be required
  • It's important to use only the foam applicator, as even the softest cloth can cause more swirls. Ensure that the applicator pad is cleaned regularly and keep the pad flat while working on the surface
  • Last, coat the surface with a car wax protectant, for gloss and protection