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    How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    Hi people
    does anyone here know how you can capture swirls and paint defects outside as itís easy enough to see them indoors
    but as soon as you go outside on certain days you just canít see them.
    even with different light sources for example led work light and various torches
    i was even thinking of a black photography type backdrop that could be moved around to block the light

    Has anyone else experienced this and how do they tackle this

    if anyone has any suggestions would really be helpful

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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    A sure shot way is to make sure your light source is directly over the paint and pointing straight down at it.



    But really the main thing is to just have the light source be in the middle of your shot.


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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    Thank you I have tried this too maybe the batteryís where dying that torch looks very powerful
    What torch are you using there ?

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    How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlieboy1 View Post
    Thank you I have tried this too maybe the batteryís where dying that torch looks very powerful
    What torch are you using there ?
    Cheap 1 from China that claims to be a couple thousand lumens... I donít care what it claims, all I know is itís crazy bright [so bright I can point it and see 2 blocks away] and runs on 2 rechargeable batteries and just flat out works.How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    That’s great have you got a link ?

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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    It's a matter of lighting.

    If it is a sunny day, all you have to do is have the sun opposite to you and look at the sun's reflection in the paint.

    It"s it's cloudy, it will be much more difficult to see because the sunlight will be difused by the clouds and there won't be any light concentration in the paint. That is probably why you were having trouble seeing them.

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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    Some colors are more harder to find the sweet spot with the lighting to see the swirls. White and silver metallic paint is hard to find the right light to see the swirls you got. If you will be certain to spot it a dedicated swirl finding light is necessary to buy. Sure you can buy all sorts of led torches and hope you find a good one. Been there done that and bought a swirl finding pen light in the end. Those Scangrip lighting AGO has is top notch. Maybe start with the pen light before moving up to the hand held lighting.

    SCANGRIP Matchpen Light, handheld swirl finder light

    SCANGRIP Sunmatch, swirl finding light

    Maybe wait for a good sale price. But they are worth it if you do alot of work. I got one pen light that Sonax have which is the same as rupes has too. I think that the Scangrip has a little better buld in their pen light not sure thou since they looks very a like.

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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    Great tips so far. I've found the overhead lighting in a parking lot at night is also great for highlighting problems with paint.
    Drop by to see the latest at The Car Geek Blog

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    Re: How can you capture swirled and paint defects outside ?

    Gas station lights work well, too.

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