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Old 09-06-2014, 02:27 PM
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i have a 2012 so its no new any more, its black, so get all those swirl looking marks just wodering what i can do to help eliminate and make these swirls look less

truck still looks great when shined up but in direct sunlight it looks like crap
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One of the first things you need to understand is that everytime you touch the surface with anything you are going to leave some sort of mark, swirl, scratch or smudge. Microfiber is your best friend, using a blower to help dry your truck will help a lot, and your choice of polish, sealant, and wax will help cure most of your swirl problems. Don't apply polish, sealant or wax in a circular motion. Use the 2 bucket method for washing your truck will also help. As you can see it is really a combination of alot of things that will help, but realistically, with a black truck, you will have a never ending battle.
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ya im very maticulous about cleaning my vehcicle, i live in the country lots of dust, dirt, etc. always good rinse with pressue washer then black box polish kit, and new microfibre cloth,
i think i may have over done it tho, probably did it at least once a month, usually. which is why i see so many swirls now. always a back and forth motion length ways of truck.
is their any polishes that help to eliminate swirls better, in the sunlight it disgusts me.
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I had the same issue with my black 1500 that I had. The only way to get rid of the swirls is to polish them out. I wrote up a thread on the products I used and steps I took to make mine look like a mirror. I used products that I consider to be on budget for the average guy and not break the bank like some professional products can.

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Uh my black '13 looks brutal already, when the sun hits it, it's an eyesore. Contemplating getting it professionally detailed or invest in a buffer and some product.
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Swirls are something that every black vehicle has to deal with... Touching the paint, like mentioned above will leave some sort of mark. The way to help minimize these is by using high quality mf towels (not the kind found at walmart or canadian tire). Also proper washing helps avoid the "love marks" on the black paint. All vehicle have them, but they are more noticable on darker colors.

This might help, any vehicle that's a daily driver and not a garage queen will have love marks on it. Sure you can remove the majority of them, the protect the paint but maintenance becomes the next hardest thing to do.

I'll offer some advice for owners of black vehicles.
1) learn how to wash (yes there is right and wrong way), this is the number one cause of the dreaded swirls
2) understand compound/polish/sealant and wax (even coatings), without knowing the difference it's easy to buy bad products
3) invest in some quality equipment (towels, soaps and polishes)
4) take your time

Owning a black vehicle that looks good in the sun is not easy, but it's also the easiest color to work on. The reason being that it will show everything. So when your polishing you will be able to tell if you are removing the swirls or covering them up etc.

Quick tips

Cleaning - 2 or 3 bucket wash method (in shade if possible)
Drying - good quality mf towels along with a leaf blower (electric, not gas) (shade or garage is recommended)
Removing love marks/ swirls-
1) does your fingernail catch the mark? If no, swirl remover (medium polish) or light polish with a foam or mf pad will remove it (yes this can be done in a circular motion)
- can this be done by hand? yes and no

2) Does the paint feel rough? If yes, get some detailing clay and a bucket of car wash and soap
- you can use detail spray but it will get expensive
- please watch a youtube video or two before claying

3) Is winter coming? If yes put some sealant on to protect the paint
- general rule, sealant will last longer, wax will look better
- go in straight lines for this

If all of this seems like a lot of work, well it kind of is. If you hate cleaning vehicles, buy a silver or white vehicle. It will show less scratches and swirls. If you can afford it, find a good detailer once of twice a year. I detail both my own truck and also detail other vehicles on the side.

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I try to use only microfiber mits and towels on my black. Honestly I don't dry it either, I used deionized rinse water so spotting is very minimal and I'm not rubbing a dry cloth over the truck which is wear a lot of damage can occur in regards to swirls.
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great advice here! ive also got a couple write ups that i think are stickied in here if youre looking for more step by steps.
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after coming across this thread, as much as i love this truck in black, it makes me regret getting it in this color..lol

definitely don't have the time to be doing this much maintenance on paint alone. Damn should have went with another color.
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Well owning a black vehicle is as much about maintenance as it is learning to with some things. Understand when it's clean and polished there is no better color out there. However it's very hard to keep clean. If polishing seems like a lot of work, it is... Either you love it or hate it. Now if you want to avoid polishing, get a glaze to help fill in the scratches and swirls, then top it off with a sealant. This will give it a better look but it will only cover up what's underneath. To truely fix it, you need to level the paint (removing the swirls), then protect it (sealant or wax).

On scale of easy to keep clean;
Silver/White (light colors)
Red/Blue (bright colors)
Dark Gray/Brown (dark colors)
Blacks (darkest)

The darker the color the more light it absorbs (also why black vehicles get hoter than white vehicles sitting in the sun) more light than lighter vehicles. That's also what gives dark vehicles that depth and wet look when freshly cleaned and waxed.
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