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Old 07-30-2011
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If the absorber is completely clean, as you say it is, and the car is properly clean when you are drying then my guess is that the scratching is occurring during washing and you just don't see it until you have the car dry. It is much more likely that dirt or debris picked-up by your wash mit, cloth, etc is scratching the finish as you swirl it around during wash. Jim D gave some great info on washing and using those hints should help minimize the chances of scratches and swirls. Good pre-rinse, good lubricating wash soap, a wash mit, etc with thick nap, and proper technique (rinse the mit often, etc) really make a difference in the process. As xevious said, good wax or sealer coverage helps to protect the paint from scratches as well.
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