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    Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    I heard someone mention this term, but they couldn’t seem to provide a definition to what it means... If it’s not swirls, then what exactly is wash induced marring? TIA.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    I just did a google search.
    Worst case scenario on real soft paint, this would be marring from using an aggressive clay towel.

    Google images.





    IMO if someone causes anything that looks like a minor version of the 2nd pic, then they don’t know how to wash a vehicle.

    Cause a minor version of the 1st pic after a wash and it’s the beginning of swirls on soft paint.

    Either ways, if you’re marring the paint from washing & drying the vehicle it’s more than likely human error i.e. Bad technique, bad wash media, poor drying towels.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    The soap of choice might not be slippery enough. That’s why I use a foam gun. It shoots a constant coat of protective, slippery soap to act as a barrier to protect against marring. Combined with a safe enough mitt, it whisks away the dirt. Granted you use a lot of soap and water this way. This is the down side of this process I’m willing to live with.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    Either ways, if you’re marring the paint from washing & drying the vehicle it’s more than likely human error i.e. Bad technique, bad wash media, poor drying towels.
    Um, yeah--but we certainly have new members who are guilty of all of the above, and even those of us who are experienced/knowledgeable will develop some "wash-induced marring" over time, no matter how careful we are...or sooner if we get old and lazy...not that I would know anything about that. It's also a bit more challenging for us here in the rust belt with the salt and grit on the roads during the winter, and less opportunity to wash means the vehicles are more dirty when they do get washed.

    Boy, I sound like I'm making excuses, which I guess I am...

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    It's just another term for swirls, just specifically caused during the washing process.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    What I get from "wash induced marring" is one of the following;

    There isn't enough product to produce lubricity for the mitt/sponge.

    The mitt/sponge has contaminants (not sure how many people wash their mitts/sponges but personally feel it's a good idea).

    And last but not least, possibly too much pressure on the mitt/sponge and/or drying towel.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    I use multiple mitts to reduce the chance of marring further.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    Quote Originally Posted by He Hate Me View Post
    What I get from "wash induced marring" is one of the following;

    There isn't enough product to produce lubricity for the mitt/sponge.

    The mitt/sponge has contaminants (not sure how many people wash their mitts/sponges but personally feel it's a good idea).

    And last but not least, possibly too much pressure on the mitt/sponge and/or drying towel.
    Those are all the causes, but they still result in swirls.

    Dirty towel induced marring
    Dirty pad induced marring
    Dirty hand induced marring

    It doesn't matter what induced the marring, marring is still another word for swirls. Light marring, heavy marring, etc, it's still swirls.

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    Quote Originally Posted by RZJZA80 View Post
    Those are all the causes, but they still result in swirls.

    Dirty towel induced marring
    Dirty pad induced marring
    Dirty hand induced marring

    It doesn't matter what induced the marring, marring is still another word for swirls. Light marring, heavy marring, etc, it's still swirls.
    But if we remove all those variables, we should be left with ideally, a "marred free wash"?

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    Re: Can someone explain “wash induced marring”?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    I use multiple mitts to reduce the chance of marring further.
    Most people don't know Bill is the originator of the "multiple media"/no rinse-bucket method. Someone else later applied it to rinseless and got an acronym named after himself, but to me, that method will always be the "Bill D Method" (BDM).

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