Tigermad wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:28 am
T Roo wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:30 am
Troc2018 wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:39 pm
Canterbury vw have been servicing our cars for at least 5 years and the after service wash & Hoover has always been terrible
How hard is it to clean a car & alloy wheels
Complaining has always been pointless "
Annoying. It's missing the point I know but I suppose as owners we're always likely to do a better job.
Its not the fact that we would do a better job, most dealers inflict swirl marks on paintwork with the process they use and would need paint correct to try and get these removed. I have seen manual car washes drop their cleaning rags on the floor and carry on using them, They also leave the wet rags drying on walls so this picks up the debris and scratches your car. I always tell my dealers not to touch my cars to avoid this happening.
I agree. And it’s not just dealers either, it’s us - the owners - who inflict most swirls on paintwork.
Many believe that it’s the polishes that are used that cause swirling. Whilst there is some merit to this discussion, as Tigermad says, it’s what is used to apply polishes But more what we use to wash the car that causes swirls. Biggest offender in this category? Sponges!
If, as many drivers do, you just wash the car, do invest in a decent good quality wash mit, Meguiars do one (which you can get from Halfords generally), costs about £16, but it is an investment. The reason wash mits work better than sponges is that they don’t trap the particles of dirt when washing a car anywhere near as much as what sponges do. So significantly less swirling in the paintwork. I generally spray my car over with cold water from the hosepipe to remove loose dirt before washing the car, then wash using the 2 bucket method (one bucket with suds, and one with clean water - so you apply the suds, then wash out the mit in the clean water before dipping back in the suds bucket fir your next application - that way any grit you may have caught in the wash mit drops off in the water bucket, not in your suds bucket, so every application is “clean”. And again helps reduce swirls.
Polishing can cause swirls, again caused predominantly by what we use to apply and wipe off with, not what we use as a polish. Ceramic polishes and sealants are a further aid to helping stop swirling, giving the harder coating over the paintwork.