February 20, 2011Thought I`d do a write up on how to remove the swirls and restore the paint to that factory look. Also how to wash your truck properly.
Here are a few pics before we get started.
Before: paint swirls and dull finish (and no its not dirty, thats the swirls/scratches reflecting in the sun or around the camera flash)
After: perfect clear mirror shine, even around the camera flash.
1. First you start off by washing the truck. Make sure you use a quality shampoo that has lubricants and doesn`t have a lot of detergents. I use Mequiars Shampoo Plus. I also use a microfiber mitt to wash and a microfiber towel to dry since microfiber is very soft and will not scratch. Use 2 buckets, one with the shampoo and one for rinse. I highly recommending drying with a chamois.
2. Next you use a clay bar to go over the finish and strip off all the road grime and old wax. I used the Meguiars C2100. Work in sections at a time. Wet the surface with shampoo which acts as a lubricant and work the claybar over the paint, rinse and dry.
3. Now hit the surface with swirl/scratch remover. I use XMT polishing compound #4 and a buffer. Working one section at a time apply the remover to your cloth or pad and rub or buff onto the surface. After working it in good wipe it off with a clean towel. Repeat until you see no more scratches but just super fine swirls or slight haze.
4. Now I Buff with a finishing polish. I use Pinnacle finishing polish. Again Working one section at a time apply the polish to your cloth or pad and rub or buff onto the surface. After working it in good wipe it off with a clean towel until it shines like glass. If you still see fine swirls or a little haze hit it again.
5. Apply a sealer/cleaner with the buffer or by hand. Pretty much applies like wax. Just rub or buff it in and wipe it off with a fresh towel. I use XMT 360 sealer.
6. And now its time for wax. I like Mequiars NXT Tech wax with a buffer or XMT 180 paste wax if I`m doing it by hand. Here again work one section at a time apply the wax to a fresh cloth or pad and rub or buff the wax onto the surface in thin layers. Let it dry and then wipe it off till it shines. It will be a better if you wait at least 8 hours between wax coats. The more coats the better the protection and depth of shine.
Note: If you don`t have extensive fairly deep sratches but just fine swirls you can skip step #3.
Also I like to use a detailer to keep that shine between washes.