Eliminate Swirls and Ghosts

Eliminate Swirls and Ghosts2019-01-18T22:41:14+00:00

When your car or truck leaves the factory, its finish is like a clear mirror and silky smooth to the touch.  Yet most vehicles that come into Cleaner Quicker Car Wash and Detailing show signs of abuse on their finishes.  Their swirls, small scratches, and ghosting dulls the shine and holds dirt.

This results from several sources: the brushes that other car washes use to clean their vehicle, improper hand washing, and poor buffing by other detailers.

You get swirls, ghosting and small scratches on your finish  from car washes that use cloth brushes or from hand washing incorrectly. They break up the light to reduce the shine, dirt finds it easy to grab on and get comfortable in them, and when you wax it, the wax can’t get a good bond and doesn’t last as long. Cloth brushes absorb the dirty and gritty water from vehicles in front of you and take it out on your finish by rubbing it with the resulting abrasive cloth, leaving small scratches, swirls, and smudges. When you spend on a good wax job, their abrasiveness scrubs off the wax in no time. They also gain water weight and are tough on antennas, soft tops, plastic windows and other protrusions such as mirrors. Cleaner Quicker Car Wash’s are made of a neoprene-like material (like a diver’s wet suit) that doesn’t absorb water and therefore sloughs off the dirty water with every revolution to clean itself and remain clean all the time. Instead of scratching or scrubbing off wax, it cleans beautifully, gently and polishes the wax finish as it washes the vehicle.

Another cause is improper detailing. When vehicles are buffed during detailing, the wrong buffers or poor technique can often leave swirls and white “ghosting” like the ones shown on the bronze Lexus above, and the swirls shown on several other vehicles on our site. They tend to give the finish a more dull and uneven look and really stand out in bright sun as in the cases of the black cars shown in this section and others in the  Paint Restoration section.

We have invested in a full range of buffers from a small compressed air buffer for tight spots up to our new Random Orbital Polisher, or “Big Foot” by its nickname. “Big Foot” has a large buffer and rotates in an elliptical pattern rather than the circular pattern of traditional buffers. This elliptical pattern keeps it from repeating an identical pattern on the same spot as it rotates at high speed. This not only avoids the swirls and ghosting that can often come with normal rotary buffer, but removes existing swirls and ghosting when we restore your finish..

Furthermore, by shifting the contact pattern with each rotation, coupled with its large size buff wheel, it also buffs 50% cooler. This significantly reduces the risk of burning through the paint on tough jobs like the restoration ones show in other results examples. More on Big Foot and buffing

And of course where previous buffers from other detailers have left swirls or ghosts, we have the skill and the right equipment to take them out, using clay, buffing and finally carnauba to leaves the finish looking like a mirror and feeling like silk like this one and some of the other examples on our site. That way it not only looks great, but it’s so slippery dirt doesn’t stick well, water blows off, and it’s so smooth that wax has a great bond and lasts much longer. Let us check out your finish when you’re in to see if we can make a significant improvement in its appearance and practicality.

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