What causes micro marring?

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Octaviavrs
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What causes micro marring?

Post by Octaviavrs » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:05 pm

Hi. After polishing and waxing my black car I have noticed micro marring when the car is in the sun. I use microfiber applicators to apply the polish, and a 600 gsm microfiber to buff the polish off. I think it may be my application or buffing off technique.
Can anyone advise what I could be doing wrong?
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Re: What causes micro marring?

Post by mulder » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:06 pm

You're more likely to be "causing damage" whilst washing and drying, as this tends to be the most frequent attention, your paintwork gets. Anything applied to the paint, whether that's a mitt, towel, cloth, applicator, etc. has the opportunity to mark it.

All you can do is minimize "marks" to the paint, unless you go down the route of some sort of ceramic coating, which takes the brunt, instead of your paint. It will still get marked but it's not the paint.

Do you use a prewash and/or snow foam? Two buckets, a grit guard(s). Too much product applied, difficult to remove, use more pressure.....
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Re: What causes micro marring?

Post by Ash » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:39 pm

What polish are you using?How many MF cloths did you use when buffing off the polish?

Make sure all the cloths are very clean and turn and shake then out often.

I tend to use about five cloths buffing off polish and about the same for the wax.

I would use something like this this for the polish

Or I like these . Which are the same foam as machine pads
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Re: What causes micro marring?

Post by Octaviavrs » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:37 pm

mulder wrote:You're more likely to be "causing damage" whilst washing and drying, as this tends to be the most frequent attention, your paintwork gets. Anything applied to the paint, whether that's a mitt, towel, cloth, applicator, etc. has the opportunity to mark it.

All you can do is minimize "marks" to the paint, unless you go down the route of some sort of ceramic coating, which takes the brunt, instead of your paint. It will still get marked but it's not the paint.

Do you use a prewash and/or snow foam? Two buckets, a grit guard(s). Too much product applied, difficult to remove, use more pressure.....
I use two buckets and simoniz car shampoo.......

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Re: What causes micro marring?

Post by Octaviavrs » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:39 pm

Ash wrote:What polish are you using?How many MF cloths did you use when buffing off the polish?

Make sure all the cloths are very clean and turn and shake then out often.

I tend to use about five cloths buffing off polish and about the same for the wax.

I would use something like this this for the polish

Or I like these . Which are the same foam as machine pads
I use autoglym srp. I use three microfiber cloths to buff the polish off.

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Re: What causes micro marring?

Post by Ash » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:24 am

Well srp should fill micro marring and the polish is not filling all the marring.. So mulder is probably correct that this is happening during the wash stage, where most defects happen anyway.
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