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

    I know sometimes people get their cars checked by PDR specialists to see impercections etc. And I'm starting to see random stuff from different lightings. When I got my car in showroom I'm positive everything looked perfect (which I realize was one of the tricks up the dealers sleeve).

    So while I'm detailing as I go, is there any portable lighting i can carry or put up (inside and outside) to see swirl marks, scratches, dents, chips, etc??

    Its nice to find it as somehow makes me feel like I haven't skipped something.. And will help me to be more attentive to detail when I do my work as programmer hahah

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

    Check out the Scangrip Lighting...I picked up the MiniMatch a month or so ago, it's a great light for seeing everything you need to see. It has a rechargeable battery and the base is magnetic so you can attach it to the car while you work...I love the magnetic base too!!

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

    Pm me, don’t believe they sell it here.

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

    Sorry, scangrip by far the one to go to!

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayfro View Post
    Check out the Scangrip Lighting...I picked up the MiniMatch a month or so ago, it's a great light for seeing everything you need to see. It has a rechargeable battery and the base is magnetic so you can attach it to the car while you work...I love the magnetic base too!!
    I was thinking the minimatch too

    Basically im guessing its like the reast of their lineup but smaller so you have to move it in smaller increments to see next area etc? As oppose to larger one that covers broader area? If thats not correct what is difference between this pen and match3?

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

    •IMO:
    -Since the Sun is the best outdoors swirl finder;
    then, it’s best to use a Sun-matching light-source
    for finding swirls indoors.

    -Here are a few that meet ‘the indoors’ criteria.

    Scangrip:
    SCANGRIP Detailing Lights, best detailing lights, swirl finding lights, work shop lights

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    3M:


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    DIY “Sun Gun”:



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

    The Scangrip Sunmatch v3 has a feature that you get 5 different color temperatures. Can be handy to see defects on the paint in different color temperatures. These lights are more made for the painting industry but works awesome to see defects on the paint too. I tested a lot of cheaper lights and broke down at last and got a Scangrip Sunmatch v1 and is extremly happy with that. The Scangrip Minimatch is like the Sunmatch v2 light with 2 different color temperatures and it will work awesome too. So it's much of what your budget allows. But either the Sunmatch v3 or the Minimatch is what I would get as I know I will get a high quality light from the start.

    SCANGRIP Sunmatch 3

    SCANGRIP MiniMatch

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

    great tools but you'll be chasing scratches.....always

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