Swirles in Paint Finish

Discussion in 'Exterior' started by Steve Patterson, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Steve Patterson

    Steve Patterson New Member

    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2018
    Location:
    Northeast
    I purchase a used 2015 Black expy. It has lots of swirles in the paint (or clearcoat). It is especially noticeable on a sunny day. Is there anyway to remove them?
     
  2. Adieu

    Adieu Full Access Members

    Age:
    33
    Posts:
    2,867
    Likes Received:
    561
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Location:
    SoCal
    Ford paintwork is generally disappointing

    I thought it was the low end SSV trim on my '09, but my '12 Lincoln Gator L also has swirls and orange peel galore
     
  3. Trainmaster

    Trainmaster Old School Member

    Age:
    53
    Posts:
    1,167
    Likes Received:
    499
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2017
    Location:
    Rockaway Beach, NY
    Talk to someone in the professional autobody business. Swirls are the result of bad buffing or waxing, not something that comes from the factory, unless some after-assembly touchup was done. There are professional products by major suppliers out there to remove the swirl marks. You'll have to learn to use them, but they work very well and will remove the swirls completely.
     
    99WhiteC5Coupe likes this.
  4. gixer2000

    gixer2000 Retrofit or Bust Supporting Member

    Posts:
    1,440
    Likes Received:
    597
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2015
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Any detail shop can handle swirls without issue also there are plenty of "how to" videos on youtube for doing it yourself also. I do my own paint correction but I have a white car so if something isn't perfect I'll probably never notice but a black car in the Sun shows everything.

    As for poor paint from Ford, all manufacturers use machines to paint now so you see orange peel on pretty much every new car. I miss the days of a hand painted car where the painter would inspect his work. Now its just an allotted amount of paint/clear per car and it ships unless its really screwed up. Kinda sad
     
  5. rexster314

    rexster314 Full Access Members

    Posts:
    361
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2005
    Location:
    Texas gulf coast
    Swirls are induced by drive through car washes, detailing the car without washing, using rough towels. A buffer and swirl remover is about the only thing that will completely take them out. I buffed out my XLR 2 years ago, and I'm just starting to get swirls back.
     
  6. 1955moose

    1955moose Full Access Members

    Posts:
    5,600
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2014
    That and have a shop or yourself do a color sand wet with 2500 grit sandpaper, followed by a quality compound, and a buffer with a foam or sheepskin wheel. If your using drive through car washes, stop, and start hand washing, followed by drying with soft towel. As far as wax I use a German wax in the red bottle that's super. Been using it for over 25 years. Name is Klasse.

    Sent from my N9131 using Tapatalk
     
    gixer2000 likes this.
  7. gixer2000

    gixer2000 Retrofit or Bust Supporting Member

    Posts:
    1,440
    Likes Received:
    597
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2015
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Color sanding is awesome but you gotta be very careful on the newer cars. The clear coat is really thin so you need to measure the clear coat depth before even thinking about a color sand.
     
  8. Adieu

    Adieu Full Access Members

    Age:
    33
    Posts:
    2,867
    Likes Received:
    561
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Location:
    SoCal
    Nah, Kia has great paint quality control for the cheapies, and the german luxuries are pretty decent about theirs as well
     
  9. gixer2000

    gixer2000 Retrofit or Bust Supporting Member

    Posts:
    1,440
    Likes Received:
    597
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2015
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I've honestly never looked close enough at a Kia and the German luxuries I would expect nothing less than perfect or very close. Everything else is half assed
     
  10. Adieu

    Adieu Full Access Members

    Age:
    33
    Posts:
    2,867
    Likes Received:
    561
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Location:
    SoCal
    I read an article lol.

    About how Kia overcame image concerns to rise to the top ratings, and how their (American!) production facilities prioritize QC now... including checking for something like 38 or 39 different checklist points on the paint work on each panel
     
    gixer2000 likes this.

Share This Page