Swirl marks are wispy, circular scratches found in various places on a vehicle’s body. They are often the result of poor washing techniques from automatic car washes or sponges. Instead of lifting dirt and grime particles, sponges merely move them around the surface of the vehicle causing ‘cobwebbing.’ The minerals included in hard water rinses can also cause cobwebbing. Contrary to popular belief, swirl marks are not caused by circular washing patterns. Rather, scratches already on the surface of the vehicle just appear to reflect light in a circular pattern.
The Benefits of Buffing & Polishing
Buffing refers to a process that removes a layer of a vehicle’s paint and reveals a fresh layer underneath. The outermost layer that suffered from years of exposure to the elements is removed and the sparkling new layer shimmers. When done correctly, and with the right type of compound, this can be a great way to make your vehicle look almost new again.
Buffing also increases the life of the finish. With attention and care, your vehicle’s exterior can last a long time. Buffing is one way to protect it and keep it looking great.
Buffing also removes minor scratches. No matter how careful you are, scratches to your vehicle’s clear coat are bound to happen. Buffing your vehicle will often remove these blemishes, as long as they aren’t too deep.
Our Process & Buffing Options
We first perform an exterior hand wash to get rid of all exterior dirt or debris. This gives us a clean canvas to start the buffing process. We apply a high-grade carnauba and cleaner wax into the vehicle’s clear coat by hand. Then we remove it with two passes of the buffer using low speed and light pressure. Afterward, the vehicle is sprayed with wax and cleaned with microfiber to blend in and protect the vehicle.
We do all levels of buffing from a one-stage polish to wet sanding. All of our packages require an exterior vehicle wash.
One-Stage Buff & Polish: Increases gloss and removes very light swirls and holograms, but will not remove any deep swirling, cobwebbing or micro-scratches.
Two-Stage Compound & Polish: Removes all holograms and light swirls while helping minimize the majority of the swirl marks and micro-scratches.
Three-Stage Compound Buff & Polish: Removes all holograms and light swirls plus it helps to remove the deep micro-scratches that the Two-Stage may not be able to remove.
Four-Stage Compound Buff & Polish (Wet Sanding): Wet sanding is an amazing process that, when done properly, can result in a surface that’s as smooth as glass. Wet sanding is meant to flatten and level out new paint, remove small runs or sags, remove surface debris that landed on the paint while it was wet and flatten out minor potholes within the paint.