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  • black cars swirls and paint degradation?

    When starting out with a new clean car, and 2 coats of quality wax which you maintain every 3 months with a new coat. How then does a black car suffer swirls and paint degradation?

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    The very act of waxing can cause swirls in paint, if there's the slightest bit of abrasive in the wax or pad. Wax isn't permanent, and after 3 months you may be applying the new was directly to the paint, not the prior coat of wax. Black paint isn't more prone to swirls than anything else, it just shows up more readily.

    I think if you really want black, the best approach is to immediately put on a coat or two of ceramic coating. It's much harder than wax, and will protect the paint much better. Actually, I think that's the best approach for any color, but especially dark ones.
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    • #3
      If I had a black car I would 100% get bumper to bumper PPF with ceramic coating over that. I had a night race blue metallic C7 and after four years the paint looked PERFECT due to that combo. Not a hint of even the tiniest swirl.

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        I'll be putting two coats of ceramic CQuartz on my new Black Z51 as soon as I get the car home after picking it up. The shop owner told me to tell the Chevy dealer to not prep the paint or touch it unnecessarily. He wants to be the first to touch it with zero or a minimum number of people before him - to minimize swirls from being wiped down.
        Black/ Natural (GBA/ HUV) Z51, 2LT, FE4, E60, NPP, Q8Q, VQK,....TPW: now 2/17/20

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        • #5
          Originally posted by stryker1969 View Post
          When starting out with a new clean car, and 2 coats of quality wax which you maintain every 3 months with a new coat. How then does a black car suffer swirls and paint degradation?
          Like others have said PPF or Ceramic Coating. For maintenance/washing I always use the "two bucket method with grit guard". The simple act of washing does more damage to black cars. I am also a fan of using a battery operated blower or something like metro vac to remove excess water. Remember the goal is to have the least amount of contact with the paint.

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          • #6
            Rules to live by if you're a complete ****-retentive nutjob about paint like me...

            Rule #1 is The Museum Rule: The less you touch a thing, the longer it lasts.
            Rule #2 is The Black Paint Rule: Touching black paint scratches black paint.
            Rule #3 is the PPF Rule: To keep swirls out of paint, do a full car top-shelf self-healing PPF.

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            • #7
              Well Black paint is no different than White paint in the sense that ALL of it is covered in clear coat period. In short you just it see easier that is all.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FrankM View Post
                I'll be putting two coats of ceramic CQuartz on my new Black Z51 as soon as I get the car home after picking it up. The shop owner told me to tell the Chevy dealer to not prep the paint or touch it unnecessarily. He wants to be the first to touch it with zero or a minimum number of people before him - to minimize swirls from being wiped down.
                I would recommend telling the dealer to not even wash it. A lot of paint damage is done at the dealer wash station with grit covered sponges and towels.

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