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Car wash swirl marks

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I like to try and keep cars looking as new as possible and sometimes the weather just doesn't permit hand washing, thus those tiny swirl scratches from auto car washes. How does one get rid of them if possible?
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+1 I use microfiber towels only and hand wash always and still I have these swirls.
I honestly don't think there is any way to get rid of them, aside from getting some sort of aftermarket paint application such as a ceramic coating. You probably could reduce their visibility with high quality polish and wax.
swirl marks come from tiny scratches in the clear coat. if you have swirl marks it's your wash mitt or where you are getting your car washed.

Having said that swirl marks are pretty easy to remedy. Check out ChrisFix on youtube. I'm sure he has a video, or any other video on polishing your paint. It's a long process but definitely worth it to save some money. Paint correction at a detailer can get close to 1k.

Here is the short hand process: 1. wash your car with dish soap 2. clay bar your car 3. polish your paint with a polishing compound and random orbiter 4. wax your car (with a hard wax protectant)
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Yeah you shouldn't be seeing these sort of swirl marks on a brand new car, so it might be worthwhile to look into some new cleaning supplies or a different car wash. Better off taking cheaper, preventative steps now.
The best investment I made in my cars paint and overall exterior and interior was by finding a good local detailer, I suggest you do as well.
What BoostedAccord said! Could be a bit biased since I’m a detailer on the side. Full paint corrections can get very pricey, depending. I did a full detail and 2 stage paint correction on a Lexus SUV a few weeks ago, took 28 hrs of work and over $1200! Now only I detail their car every few weeks. And if I scratch or swirl it I get it out.
I’m gonna be ceramic coating mine soon, just have to find the time.
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In addition to what Jason mentioned, you want to make sure you do a pre-rinse prior to any agitation of dirt on the paint surface. I use a power washer to do a good sweep of the car prior to adding any soap (I use a foamer) and making sure that whatever you're using to scrub is clean and soft.

If you're trying to correct spider webs or small scratches in the clear coat, I'd recommend the Chemical Guys VSS and a good mild pad on an orbital machine. This way you won't cut too much of the clear when correcting.
Below is a video that recommends two bucket method for washing your car...
I use the 2 bucket method and fill both bucket up with water
I got a pressure washer - I rinse my car with the 40 degree nozzle to remove easy stuff off the vehicle.
I put on the 25 degree nozzle and hit the wheels
Then I hit my car with Adams Foam Cannon
Soak the wool pad in bucket, wipe a section of vehicle, rinse in the other bucket - repeat
Put on 40 degree nozzle - rinse the vehicle

Now to dry the vehicle, I use an Air Force Blaster and blow away the water (best device ever)

Here I can put polish on or I go around and spray Hybrid Wax Sealant and wipe down the vehicle

And finally I spray tires with Coverall Silicone spray to get that ultimate wet tire look

It takes about 1.5 hours to wash but I don't mind
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Check out "Chemical Guys". They have a product call "Black Light". Seems to do wonder to my car, especially the front piano black number and the black paint between the front and rear windows. Being the Touring Edition, the paint is a very soft paint. The black color gets a lot of swirl marks. "Black Light" works really well. I've use their products for many years.
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I got Black Light too
I applied it once - probably will apply it every month and a half
But it is great stuff
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