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swirlies in the paint

I know they say to give your bike a good waxin to get rid of the little swirlies in the paint (from cleaning it with a semi rough cloth or something). Is there any other way to get rid of these things? It's just something that bothers me a lil bit. Thanks
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Not sure what you're trying to say..

But I always, clay mine, cleaner, polish, and wax... looks like glass when I'm done...




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I'm talkin about when the paint is in the sun you can see swirls in the paint from certain angles. what the hell is clay mine?
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www.zainobros.com Polish best you buy Z5 will fill in fine scratchs and swirl

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I'm talkin about when the paint is in the sun you can see swirls in the paint from certain angles. what the hell is clay mine?
Jetski...I've heard of that stuff before.

Of coarse, I've heard of a lot of stuff in this field. I use to be a car detailer...

However, Jetski, is saying the right thing... you need to polish it. Whether it be something like that or something you can get in a store... for store products I would suggest a good polish from either Maguieres or Mothers. They are about the 2 best popular retail store brands. They will carry about everything you will need and it shouldn't be hard to find.

Clay?? Clay is something that the pro's alone have been using for years. It is very common at body shops and such. It is exactly that...CLAY! Not just any clay but a particular type. Well, up till about 5 years or so ago I wouldn't be able to tell you where to get it. Then Mothers came out with it. Many still don't know about it... but go to a Murray's, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, or some other car type store like that. Someplace that carries alot of the car detailing stuff. It's in a tall box by, again, Mothers... red as all Mothers branded stuff is...

It will come with a clay block and some car detailer spray that you will use for lubercant (sp?)...yes lube...

You spray the panel you're working on and rub the clay on the panel... then towel dry. The clay removes the contaminents, ground in dirt, over spray, and all kinds of stuff that makes your paint all nasty!

It works GREAT!!!




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Jetski...I've heard of that stuff before.

Of coarse, I've heard of a lot of stuff in this field. I use to be a car detailer...

However, Jetski, is saying the right thing... you need to polish it. Whether it be something like that or something you can get in a store... for store products I would suggest a good polish from either Maguieres or Mothers. They are about the 2 best popular retail store brands. They will carry about everything you will need and it shouldn't be hard to find.

Clay?? Clay is something that the pro's alone have been using for years. It is very common at body shops and such. It is exactly that...CLAY! Not just any clay but a particular type. Well, up till about 5 years or so ago I wouldn't be able to tell you where to get it. Then Mothers came out with it. Many still don't know about it... but go to a Murray's, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, or some other car type store like that. Someplace that carries alot of the car detailing stuff. It's in a tall box by, again, Mothers... red as all Mothers branded stuff is...

It will come with a clay block and some car detailer spray that you will use for lubercant (sp?)...yes lube...

You spray the panel you're working on and rub the clay on the panel... then towel dry. The clay removes the contaminents, ground in dirt, over spray, and all kinds of stuff that makes your paint all nasty!

It works GREAT!!!
Do you think it will work for me the first time? Is there any like tricks of the trade type secrets you gotta know to apply this stuff?
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Do you think it will work for me the first time? Is there any like tricks of the trade type secrets you gotta know to apply this stuff?
claybar is great, i heard about it and bought the mothers claybar because my vette had a real rough finish, i was going to bring it to an autobody friend of mine to be buffed out or whatever and heard about claybar on the vette forum...so i used it, with the lubricator and i thought to myself, (this aint gonna do nothing) well the fininish was so smooth i couldnt beleive it...now i claybar once a year and keep good wax and polish on the car at all times....
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You can also look at using a "swirl remover" on the paint. Meguiar's "Scratch X" is one and 3M "finish restorer" is another. Also, make sure that you use 100% cotton towels that are made in america. And, the big key is to make sure that everything is CLEAN before doing anything. You will be hard pressed to get rid of ALL swirls. It's a tough job that takes a LOT of time and effort. CAREFUL effort, at that. ANY contaminants on the paint will transfer to the towel and then get scratched into the paint.
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Suggestions... you seen karate kid? Wax on Wax off.... don't do it in the sun!!!!

I do the same thing Jack... clay once a year, then cleaner, polish, wax. Then about 3-4 more times I wax the vechicle.

Yes, get some 100% terry cloth towels. Their small and won't mess up the finish. Those are a must in any garage! I must have about 30 of them from my detailing days...




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that clay is good stuff!!! did the Lexus when i had it. Haven't tried it on the bike yet but just take your time and you'll be amazed with the results!!!!
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If you look at a clearcoat under a microscope you would see contaminates trapped on the surface. The clay bar grabs these contaminates and pulls them off the surface. then once cleaned you can go over with a product lke 3M perfect-it II to remove swirls, then a coat of good wax. i like the new line from maguiers called tech wax. then i use a quick detailer called serious shine which is made locally here in Michigan City,IN for quick touchups.
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just make sure you get the rigth clay bar. there is also clay bar that will strip paint. make sure it says wax or whatever. lol
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just make sure you get the rigth clay bar. there is also clay bar that will strip paint. make sure it says wax or whatever. lol
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Thanks peeps. I've been on leave for 10 days and just now got a chance to look at this. I'm all over that clay bar.
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