Having a black car is always a love-hate relationship.
They look great: they’re sleek, sophisticated, and super cool, but, the paint jobs can be a whole other story…
Annoyingly, black paint will show up every little flaw, which you wouldn’t necessarily expect.
It tends to easily show up dirt, dust, and swirls in the paint, and these can still be noticeable even after washing and waxing your car religiously.
This is super frustrating as a few months after purchasing your car it’s already looking a little worse for wear.
It also means it needs more maintenance and upkeep than other colored cars.
However, this is a way to remove - or at least reduce - those pesky swirls you always get in black paint jobs.
We’ve put together a list of the best swirl removers for black paint, so you can show off your black car in all its glory.
OUR TOP PICK
Looking at Meguiar’s shining reviews, it’s no surprise that their Ultimate Liquid Wax has made it to the top of our list.
Their formula delivers maximum synthetic protection and durability, while also providing a depth of color and reflectivity so black paint looks as bold and bright as intended.
Applying Meguiar’s is effortless thanks to the Thin Film technology, which is easily applied and can even be wiped off in full sunlight.
As well as this, you get peace of mind that the wax won’t leave white residue on rubber and plastic trim pieces like traditional waxes.
Ultimate Liquid Wax offers long-lasting protection thanks to the advanced synthetic polymers that crosslink to form a protective barrier.
This also boosts reflection and provides an enviable depth and mirror-like shine.
You needn’t worry about it getting wet either, as Hydrophobic Polymer Technology increases the surface tension to protect paint and enables water to roll right off the surface.
This wax is also versatile and can be used on all glossy paints and clear coats.
It can be applied by hand or a dual-action variable speed polisher, giving you a range of options, from quick touch-ups to full waxes.
- Easy application
- Can be wiped off even in full sun
- Won’t leave white residue on trim
- Long-lasting protection
- Water rolls right off
- Liquid waxes can be a little trickier to apply
Easily achieve a mirror-finish with the highly-rated Chemical Guys VSS Scratch and Swirl Remover.
It’s formulated using diminishing abrasive technology that quickly removes swirls, scratches, and oxidation.
However, not only does this all-in-one product remove moderate scratches and stains, but it also finishes like a fine polish to create a wet mirror finish on the car’s surface.
This product has a minimal amount of harsh chemicals like silicone and other fillers, meaning it won’t harm your paint job.
It’s also able to achieve a lustrous shine and scratch-free finish without filling in or covering up swirls, scratches, or defects.
If you’re looking for efficiency and effectiveness, VSS Scratch & Swirl Remover has both: it achieves a perfect finish in minutes while being equally effective on single stage, ceramic finishes, and clear coat paints.
It’s also ideal if your car only has moderate scratches and swirls, as not every car requires a 3-step polishing job.
- Works on all colors
- Compounder, polisher, and a cleaner in one product
- Eliminates moderate surface imperfections
- Wax and silicone-free
- Gets the job done quickly
- Achieves brilliant shine
- Abrasive so should be used with care
Carfidant’s Scratch and Swirl Remover is specifically designed for black or dark paint jobs and comes with a handy buffer pad to allow you to easily remove and "erase" years of wear and tear from your paint job.
This won’t be as effective on deep scratches, however, on light or moderate scratches and swirls it does a great job of removing them while also restoring gloss and shine to bring your paint job back to its former glory!
The special rubbing compound will effortlessly remove water spots, oxidation, and other contaminants from your paint and the formula is free of unnecessary color dyes or scents to keep your paint job in optimal condition.
It’s safe to use on any clear coat, single-stage, or multi-stage paint, and can easily be applied by hand or with the included buffer pad depending on your preference.
- Comes with an included buffer pad
- Tackles light or moderate scratches
- Restores gloss and shine
- Removes water spots, oxidation and other contaminants
- Can be used on any color or paint job
- Won’t fill in deeper scratches
TriNova’s advanced formula works well whether you’re buffing by hand in a basic touch-up or using a dual-action orbital polisher for a full restore job.
This means the formula is effective whichever way you use it.
TriNova is safe to use on all paint colors, and will remove unwanted swirls, scuffs, paint transfers, water spots, oxidation, and other contaminants, enabling you to restore your paint job’s original shine.
The USA-made, eco-friendly formula promises to use only the best chemicals in their product, so you can achieve a high gloss without compromising your paint job.
It also comes with a handy orbital polisher, so all you need to add is the elbow grease.
- Can be used by hand or using an orbital polisher
- Safe for all paint colors
- Targets swirls, scuffs, oxidation, water spots, and other contaminants
- Eco-friendly formula
- Comes with an orbital polisher
- Only works on light swirls and scratches
The Professional Swirl Remover from Jax Wax contains both polishing and waxing materials so with one application you can fix scratches and swirls, and leave your car with a glossy, shiny finish.
This is great because it allows you to tackle two jobs with one product, which is always welcomed when it comes to black paint jobs.
It can deal with more than just swirl repairs, too, as it will effectively clean off etched-in water spots and other minor imperfections from your finish and from glass, too.
Thanks to this it works well on a range of finishes, even black or dark-colored ones.
Jax Wax is super easy to apply and equally easy to remove, and the end result is a deep black mirror-like shine.
It can be applied by hand or using a buffer, but you’ll get the most effective results using a buffer, and it also works particularly well in tandem with premium grade carnauba wax.
- Polishing and waxing materials
- Cuts down on waxing process
- Effective on paint and glass
- Removes swirls and etched-in water spots
- Deep mirror shine
- Most effective when used with a buffer - may not be as effective by hand
Best Swirl Removers For Black Paint Buying Guide
Now that we’ve taken you through some of the best swirl removers for black paint, let’s take a look at some things you should bear in mind when deciding on the best product for you.
To fill or not to fill?
Some dual-purpose products contain wax filler in an attempt to cover two tasks with one product - ie buffing away marks to reveal high shine, and filling in marks with a wax filler.
Jax Wax is a product that is an example of this.
In most cases, these can be great for enabling you to do multiple jobs at once.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that when it comes to swirls, wax is a temporary fix, and it may do a good job of covering them up, but it’s not going to last long.
In which case, products that focus more on removing the swirls, rather than just covering them, are better suited to the issue.
Abrasive Vs. Non-Abrasive
Swirl removers can be split into two categories: abrasive and non-abrasive.
Abrasive products contain micro-particles that work to sand down the paint around the scratches.
This evens out the paint around the scratch which gives the illusion that the mark has disappeared.
Sounds good, right? Well, you not necessarily.
You should take care when using abrasive products for your paint job as they could damage your paint finish quite easily, and could leave it more scratched than it was before.
On the other hand, non-abrasive products are free from abrasion particles, and as a result, they’re a lot gentler.
They’ll take a bit more elbow grease to yield results, however, they give you that peace of mind that you’re not simply causing more damage to your paint job.
Check the ingredients
This relates to the above point.
Alongside abrasive swirl removers, you should also be wary of the chemicals that are used in some formulas.
Sometimes, these products can actually do more harm than good, and, if you’ve only recently bought your black car or had recent body work carried out on it, it’s worth having a look at the back of the bottle of any products you’re using.
Silicone is the main component you want to avoid as it can easily damage paint jobs.
Many brands will specify if they’re silicone-free, and while some mention being free from ‘harmful chemicals’ double-check this for yourself before purchasing.
One option from our list is Chemical Guys - which is certified as being silicone-free and is a highly effective swirl remover.
Get more bang for your buck
One thing that is worth considering before you buy a swirl remover product is how versatile it is.
For example, what other issues does the product target? It can be useful to have a swirl remover which will also address water spots, oxidation, and other blemishes.
Also check how it can be applied, for example, can you apply it in a number of ways, or does it require application with a mechanical, rotary buffer?
More importantly, do you need to purchase one and will it be an additional cost to you?
Consider whether the product contains fillers, as these can be ideal for quick fixes and spot jobs, but for a more long-term solution, going for a product without filler is probably going to be more effective.
Black cars can be frustrating, to say the least, but swirl marks aren’t the end of the world, and there’s a host of products out there that can help.
In our opinion, Meguiar's G18220 Ultimate Liquid Wax is your best bet as it effortlessly removes swirls and provides long-lasting protection, leaves a mirror-like shine on your paint job, and won’t leave white residue on your trim.
Chemical Guys is a great product and is a silicone-free option too. It also provides a five-star gloss finish.
We hope this article has been useful in helping you find a product to get your black car looking its best. Happy swirl removing!
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