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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    I'm going the other way because I simply use what I call "the ugly lights" which are decent $40 LED's from Home Depot. They show all kinds of marring very easily. No way I'm paying $400 for specialized light. That's just me.

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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    I personally have a $60 tactical led light that runs on 2 - CR123A batteries. You can see everything you need with that. Spend the rest of your $ on pads and product Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    Quote Originally Posted by Coatingsarecrack View Post
    Cheaper alternative Astro neumatic 50sl. Also I have an arcusla color match which I got very cheap. You’ll have to look around but one one used the other and both worked great for swirl finding and checking work. I have not used scangrip and heard they are great but being a hobbyist a 150-400$ light did not seem worth investment.


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    I have the same pneumatic one. Works great for high spot check with garage lights off.

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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    Quote Originally Posted by spazzz View Post
    I have the same pneumatic one. Works great for high spot check with garage lights off.
    Never thought of that for high spots .... thanks


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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    Quote Originally Posted by rst08 View Post
    great tools but you'll be chasing scratches.....always
    Let say you polished whole car and like 80% swirl mark free (or what is idea percentage? From new car)

    And then you do lot of rinseleas or waterless washing and some areas have swirl marks again. Can I repolish that one spot only using that lighting or the whole panel has to be polished

    Too many polished I think will strip clear coat right


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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    Quote Originally Posted by spazzz View Post
    I have the same pneumatic one. Works great for high spot check with garage lights off.
    So I just bought that on amazon what do you mean high spot check?


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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    Quote Originally Posted by animescreen View Post
    So I just bought that on amazon what do you mean high spot check?


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    Excess product one must wipe off when applying ceramic coating to a car.
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    Re: Best lighting to purchase to see imperfections (swirl marks, scratches, dents etc)(

    Quote Originally Posted by animescreen View Post
    Let say you polished whole car and like 80% swirl mark free (or what is idea percentage? From new car)

    And then you do lot of rinseleas or waterless washing and some areas have swirl marks again. Can I repolish that one spot only using that lighting or the whole panel has to be polished

    Too many polished I think will strip clear coat right


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    You can polish just the area that needs it but you must then reapply whatever LSP you had on there. Easier with a sealant or wax than a coating. Polishing will remove whatever LSP you used.
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