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How to get rid of swirls on paint after hand wash/drying?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by bakchod87, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. bakchod87

    bakchod87 Member

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    As is with most Tesla owners who like to hand wash, I love cleaning and detailing the car by hand. But with hand washing and drying with a microfiber matt come those dreaded swirls on the paint that show. And they show a lot more from a distance in the sun. How do you guys take care of that? Any suggestions?
     
  2. Nikxice

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    A GreenWorks Cordless Blower does the job for me.

    Amazon.com : GreenWorks 24352 24V 130MPH Dual Speed Cordless Blower, 2Ah Battery and Charger Included : Patio, Lawn & Garden
     
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  3. Sandy Chamois

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    Polishing and waxing will take care of it for the most part. If you are asking how to prevent them when hand washing, then you may already know the proper two bucket method, work from top down with no circular motions (forget what Mr. Miyagi taught you). I preceed this with a power washer rinse-soap cannon touchless wash to get as much grit off as possible.

    I take you have a black Tesla...swirls are the most visible... my X is black and despite all the precautions, I still get swirl marks.
     
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  4. Drewflux

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    As above ^^^^ and air dry/leafblower followed by a good chamois/microfiber towels. Foam canons are great for pre-soke. If you are going to machine polish, recomend a dual action polisher, very hard to damage the paint vs a rotary polisher.
     
  5. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    Go to your local automotive paint supplier. They have special compounds for swirl reduction.

    Commercial ones also help such as Opticoat.
    Polishes
     
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  6. Jimmy 1

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    The paint is super soft on a Tesla due to California laws on paints. First thing every Tesla owner should do is Ceramic Coat their cars. It will cost you $800-1000, but for god sakes you just spent over $100k. This means no scratching, no waxing and no swirls. I applied Nanohide™ to mine. But other coatings work well. Nanohide™ is self healing, so that appealed to me. But I like Pearl Nano™, Ceramic Pro™ and Opti Coat Pro™ also. Do yourself a favor, get it done asap.
     
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    I second this. Getting Opticoat Pro was the best decision I made besides getting the actual car. A must have imo.
     
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  8. RandyR

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    I've been very happy with Zaino Z-5 Swirl Remover...
     
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    I'm glad you also approve. This is something I was thinking about doing when the car comes in. Glad to hear other opinions. The place I was going to go get it done has really high customer reviews, so the process must work ok.
     
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    You could use a detail spray and plush microfiber towel. Go in straight lines.
    Better yet put klasse all in one followed by klasse high gloss sealant glaze.

    The water and dirt practically slides off. I also use both klasse on the windshield l. Better than rainx.
    I have been driving in rain for a few days and except for the bumper it's looking pretty clean.
     
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    I just read about a friend using Nanohide on his Tesla and loving it. Has anyone used this product? The self repairing scratch healing is really neat.
     
  15. EliteFinish

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    We deal with this on a daily basis. We have more than 200 Tesla owners now using our Waterless wash system. Depending on how bad the damage is, It may need to be corrected by a rotary buffer and a compound. Many customers come to us to your very issue. We then correct the damage and educate them on our wash method and why it is safer then traditional wash methods in most cases. The attached video gives you an overview. If you have any questions please ask.

     
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  16. Galve2000

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    So after 20 months of ownership and 19,000 miles of driving the paint on my Model S looks a mess and I definitely will use a coat when I purchase my next car.. but there are so many choices.. how do I decide?
     
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    A good detailer can make it look new again and then you can coat it. Most of the coatings are really good and very similar. I would find a good local detailer that you like and use whatever they recommend. I am looking into this Nanohide stuff myself, that has self healing properties.
     
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  18. davidc18

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    this is what works for me in south florida after a lot of trial and error with many, many other products.

    Weekly
    Wash with: Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz
    then spray this on (while the car is damp): Meguiar's D15601 Synthetic X-Press Spray Wax
    Dry with waffle microfiber: Meguiar's X2000 Water Magnet Drying Towel
    If it is date night, use this as well: Meguiar's D15501 Last Touch Spray Detailer

    Every 6 months or so:
    Start with this: Meguiar's M205 Mirror Glaze Ultra Finishing Polish (using PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher) w/ chemical guys pads
    Then this: Meguiar's M21 Mirror Glaze Synthetic Sealant 2.0
    or this: Meguiar's G18216 Ultimate Liquid Wax

    Done

    Wheels:
    Weekly: Meguiar's Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner
    Quarterly: remove wheels, detail wheel wells and brake calipers


    39K on the 70
    12K on the 90
     
  19. huzz1970

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    I use either Aurora 3000 or Meguiar's Swirl-X. The Aurora is a silicone, kind acts like a filler rather than an abrasive The Swirl-X is a super-fine abrasive in a carrier. A soft sponge pad at low (2000 or so) speed on a polisher seems to work well. Wax now and then- Meguiar's Gold or Blue Coral. Do not do this work in sunlight as the polishing materials dry quickly and creates small rocks- not a good situation. LIghtly dust off any residues with a microfiber towel or a california mop.
     
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    Detail Spray (Zaino) and microfiber towels.
     

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