Cars are great to look at when they’re right out of the lot. However, new paint will eventually get worn down, chipped, and damaged by various objects.
Two types of damage that occur commonly are swirls and scratches. Whether this damage happens by accident or wear and tear, swirls and scratches are unsightly and ruin the look of your car.
Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Car’s Paint
To prevent scratches and other damage to your car’s paint, avoid automated car washes and parking your car in the sun, or under trees, for long periods of time. You can also apply paint protection film, which acts like an invisible shield to protect your paint from dirt and debris.
The best way to prevent swirl marks on your car is to use soft cloths and washing tools. A temporary solution to hide swirl marks is to use car polish. It will temporarily reduce the swirl marks and make your car shine.
Ways Scratches Are Caused on Cars
Scratches are caused by improper cleaning materials and abrasives like stiff brushes when you clean your car. This can happen when you go to the automated car wash or if you scrub too hard with an abrasive cloth.
Scratches also occur when you travel at high speeds, or off-road, causing dust, sand, and pebbles to scratch up your car and cause minor scratches.
Ways Swirls Are Caused on Cars
Small scratch marks on your cars in a circular pattern, or swirls, are caused when you wipe the car with a dry cloth. This kind of damage happens because small marks are actually being made on the car’s paint when it’s being wiped clean. These marks then reflect light, making them stand out, especially on dark paints.
Hiring a Professional
Paint scratches and swirls occur frequently, but there are several measures you can take to prevent scratches and swirls from happening. But once serious damage is done, it’s time to hire a professional. A professional service can fix damage to your car so it looks flawless and fresh again.