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What are Swirl Marks on a Vehicle?

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

Scratches known as swirl marks are created when abrasive tiny particles make repeated contact with the finish of a vehicle. The word "swirl" stems from the fact that these scratches generally happen when someone is washing or detailing a vehicle. This is where the phrase originated. In the case of automated car wash machines, the use of low-quality and unclean clothes, polluted water, or both can cause undesired particles to scratch the surface of the vehicle deeply.

Surprisingly, lower-quality detailing businesses are also a contributor to the appearance of swirl marks. These businesses frequently reuse towels and water, which results in an increase in the number of abrasive particles that come into contact with the finish of a car. This is done so that the shops can save time and money.

There is no such thing as a quick fix for totally removing these flaws; the normal paint correction treatment can take anywhere from ten to thirty hours to accomplish, depending on the severity.

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