How to Remove Swirl Marks & Scratches

At Meguiar’s, our consumer products are formulated
for car guys who are looking to create show-car perfect paint finishes. With this goal in mind, it is not at all unusual
for car guys to purchase collector cars with abused and neglected paint finishes that they
want to save and make show car perfect. The most critical part of that process is
what you do before polishing and waxing, and that’s the purpose of this video. Hi, I’m Barry Meguiar, let me walk you through
the process. Abused and neglected paint finishes are exposed
to a variety of below the surface paint problems like oxidation, stains, blemishes, scratches,
and swirl marks. Each one of these problems can be isolated
to a certain area or be wide-spread and can require vastly different solutions, depending
on their depth of penetration into the paint. The good news, is that Meguiar’s offers three
totally unique surface care products, that collectively address this full spectrum of
paint problems. In extreme cases, the only solution may be
color sanding and buffing with a high-speed rotary buffer by a professional detailer. You can learn about Meguiar’s comprehensive
line of professional abrasives, compounds, and buffing pads at or calling
our customer care hotline at 1-800-347-5700. The focus of this video is on car guys and
general consumers who are limited to hand wipe products which can also be used with
a consumer friendly dual action polisher. Prepping the finish before polishing and waxing
is the least understood step in paint care. If you don’t get this step right, it doesn’t
matter which polishes or waxes you use, or how hard you work, it’s guaranteed that you
will not get the results you’re looking for. So the information we are about to provide
is exceedingly important. If you’ve ever used rubbing and polishing
compounds in the past to remove paint problems, you’re more than familiar with the scratches
they leave behind– commonly referred to as rocks in a bottle, it’s understood that compounds
are likely to scour the finish with tiny scratches that are very difficult to remove, requiring
a lot of time. Those days, are over. Let us introduce you to three revolutionary
products– revolutionary because they work quickly and easily without scouring the finish. In fact, in most cases, they leave the surface
completely scratch free. It’s a new day. Center stage is Meguiar’s Swirl-X, which addresses
the removal of swirl marks– the number one complaint about today’s clear coat paint finishes. Next we have Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0, which
should always be kept close at hand for removing the occasional isolated scuffs and scrapes
that are almost impossible to avoid all-together. And then we have Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound,
for the really tough jobs removing heavy oxidation, stubborn stains and scratches. All three of these products should be in your
arsenal. Regardless of whether or not you’re a car
guy, swirl marks are a problem for everyone who owns a dark-colored car. No matter how nice or nondescript your car,
there’s nothing attractive about masses of swirl marks on a dark-colored car glaring
into your face on a sunny afternoon. That’s when you need Meguiar’s Swirl-X. This amazingly easy to use product removes
fine scratches and swirl marks, and creates deep, clear gloss on dark paint finishes. Best applied with a foam applicator pad, allow
the product to do the work as you apply it a section at a time. For stubborn swirls, a second application
might be required. For wipe-off, it’s best to use a Meguiar’s
Supreme Shine Microfiber towel or 100% cotton terry towels turning to a clean section for
your final wipe to a brilliantly clear, swirl free finish. Using the wrong towel can actually create
new swirl marks. Results are even better when using a Meguiar’s
Dual Action polisher available through No matter how careful we are, our cars are
continually exposed to hostile environments that can easily impact our paint finishes
with things like errored shopping carts, bouncing balls, finger nails, and shrubbery. Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0 should be kept in
your medicine cabinet, so to speak, for immediate use whenever minor injuries happen to your
paint. More aggressive than Swirl-X, Meguiar’s Scratch-X
2.0 is formulated to remove isolated paint problems that polishing and waxing can’t remove. Best applied with a foam applicator, apply
Scratch-X 2.0 directly onto the applicator pad or terry towel. Rub repeated motions into the paint finish
and watch the isolated blemish disappear before your eyes, leaving a brilliant scratch-free
surface that looks like it’s been polished. Whenever you see us add the term “ultimate”
to one of our products, you can be sure that it is, without question, the ultimate product
on the market for it’s specific purpose. That’s especially true with Meguiar’s Ultimate
Compound. More aggressive than Scratch X 2.0, this product
is embedded with an abrasive system that defies logic. If you’ve used polishing or rubbing compounds
in the past, you know how dirty they are, how hard they are to use, and how they literally
scour the finish with thousands of tiny scratches that are all but impossible to remove by hand. Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound provides you with
an entirely different experience, as aggressive as any other compound, Ultimate Compound applies
like a polish, eliminates the abrasive scum, and leaves a finish that is almost, if not
entirely, scratch free. Look how easily it cuts through oxidation
and surface blemishes. It’s almost fun to use it, certainly amazing
to watch as it removes paint problems with ease while dramatically improving paint gloss. Here again, even application is best achieved
using a foam applicator pad or terry towel with repeated motions to ensure maximum results. When necessary, follow with a second application
and best results are always achieved using Meguiar’s Dual Action polisher. For wipe-off, it’s best to use a microfiber
100% cotton terry towel, turning to a clean portion for the final wipe. And while the finish may look like it’s been
polished, you’ll still want to follow up with polishing and or waxing, to ensure show-car
perfect results.


  1. Madison Walker January 10, 2018 at 11:27 pm


  2. 302QuestSwap January 12, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Holy fucking dust at 4:10

  3. Ryu Hadouken January 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    4:31 "medischeen cabinet schow to schpeak"

  4. AmarilloHorseSports January 15, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Let's see if it works on my work truck , that would be a testimony.

  5. Majestic January 25, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    This product is certified bullshit. I tried it and didn't remove one swirl.

  6. LightningSurvivor 14 February 2, 2018 at 4:41 am

    I see pretty decent scratch marks on both sides. Not sure either one of these products won

  7. kheir03 February 4, 2018 at 1:32 am

    YO, I SWEAR by this product! I use their products for my 2013 black Maxima.

  8. kheir03 February 4, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Which product do I use for my snow scratches without taking away the shine? I want my whip to always look like it came off a showroom floor. 😉

  9. Hot Farts February 4, 2018 at 6:52 am

    This dude is sloshed. Almost every word ends or starts with "sh". Shwirl marks, shcratch X, carsh, Meguiarsh 🤣

  10. BookerTSlurpeeCups February 4, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Put compound on pad Ha Ha Ha ha . Rub in a circular motion hardy har har har hardy har. Wipe ha ha ha hardy har clean with a ha ha hardy har cloth hardy ha har ha. All joking aside this stuff works. Try their polisher . Awsome swirl scratch remover.

  11. John Armstrong February 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I can't wait to wash my car the right way, thanks Neil Meguiars Goldman

  12. 1-9 February 14, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Omg I’m not normal I start seeing swirl marks on my toilet 🚽 I even saw on my books

  13. AZ LS February 17, 2018 at 1:23 am

    That's one happy guy

  14. Michael Wightman February 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    2.0 is the BEST scratch remover, but not always the best results.

  15. edgu71eg March 6, 2018 at 1:43 am


  16. เคน KhunFon March 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I've maintained my 6 year old car very well with a wide range of Meguiars products. Upside to this is that minor scratches, swirl marks, water marks, oxidized paint etc will be restored to its formal glory and the car looks like it just came out of a showroom. Downside is that there's over 200 over products from Meguiars and using one or two won't help you achieve anything. You really need to invest time and ALOT of money to maintain the condition of the car. Now that I think of it, getting a full car resprayed would have cost as much as the list of Meguiars products I have at home

  17. kruff39 March 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Let me guess all 3 have to be purchased.

  18. Stephen Hill April 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Scratch X 2.0 Used it but the scratches become visible again after a short while.

  19. Kalynn Kallweit April 7, 2018 at 5:08 am

    I love this guys chuckly voice, he sounds so genuinely excited about what he's talking about hehe.

  20. Stephen Hill April 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Ha ha ha ha. What an idiot.

  21. Jason Harden April 21, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    I love this narrator, sounds ☺

  22. Alex California April 23, 2018 at 4:53 am

    When was this video made? In the 90's LOL

  23. Robert Jakicic April 29, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    My car is a 2017 Malibu premier black, hard to keep clean but dam sharp as hell when clean. The 2.0 scratch removal is an awesome product it does what it says, removes scratches very easily.

  24. yhjitsh May 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Are these enough good to apply by hand

  25. Alfa Won May 16, 2018 at 7:26 am


  26. Scott Eddy May 17, 2018 at 3:07 am

    I've detailed cars for years. There is no rival to Meguiars. D. A. polishers are also far superior to hands. Especially black. I'm a customer for life. 😎

  27. Jaspreet Singh May 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Can you use SwirlX on gloss black window trim? You know if there are minor swirls on the glossy trim

  28. Bill Morrison June 4, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Sheesh, what a bunch of judgmental pricks. He's marketing a product…do you want him to sound like a funeral director? Cut the old guy some slack. Even if his products are half as good as they claim, he's making a business out of helping people show off their pride and joy. And you want to hate on him because he has a slight speech impediment? I hope someone is kinder to you when you are in your 60's or 70's. Seems like a nice guy you'd be lucky to have as a neighbor.

  29. Stevie D June 8, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    7 minute commercial with next to zero how to

  30. Don Malo June 9, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Jokes on us. The product lowkey doesnt even work

  31. ABRAHAM LINCOLN June 18, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    thuffering thucatash

  32. tazaxx21 June 22, 2018 at 5:09 am

    I like most of the products. Barry is a happy guy. He enjoys the cars, and is always giggling because he is giddy that we are spending millions on the products. It's reported that he sold the company (started by his father in 1901) to 3M in 2008 for upwards of $75,000,000..

  33. Mike Linehan June 23, 2018 at 7:20 am

    What a strange person, what is with the laughing.

  34. Lily Strong July 8, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I just want to give my guitar a gloss finish, how the hell did I end up here?

  35. timothy mountain July 14, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Think I'll try the ultimate compound 👍

  36. Joel Richard Escorpiso July 28, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Question. Will Scratch X remove scratches on the window pillars?

  37. Ryan A. August 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I'm in love with this narrator 🙂

  38. Andreas Ie August 18, 2018 at 5:08 am

    This thing really works

  39. Fit couple in the Philippines September 4, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    What polish is best to follow the Ultimate Compound besides the Ultimate Polish, if you want to machine apply the polish with your Professional polishes?

  40. Stan Stevens September 12, 2018 at 8:56 am

    What an annoying voice over!

  41. Executive Auto Detailing September 20, 2018 at 6:46 am

  42. Bob C September 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    If I make fun of how the narrator speaks will that show how cool I am?

  43. A&R Pressure Washing October 6, 2018 at 12:26 am

    He sounds goofy

  44. cbro412 October 12, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Idk how, but I'm listening to this with headphones, took them off and they got spit all over them.

  45. Sage Oldmann October 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Scratch X2.0 works until it rains or you wash your car. Just a waste of time. Just do the work and compound, polish, and wax.

  46. Daniel Eusebio October 24, 2018 at 6:01 am

    😂😂😂😂😂😂 im zooted this funny asf

  47. Erwin Puijnen November 23, 2018 at 8:43 am

    This video is so american lol.

  48. Montrose2525 December 16, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Shimmy Shim Shim Sharoo.

  49. Shane C December 29, 2018 at 10:15 pm


  50. ashley thebest January 7, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I want to hear about this product but I don’t want to listen to this voice 😩😩 H A L P

  51. Joe Luis January 16, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    this guy voice gets to people but he’s way better than that guy from chemical guys named greg who always says microfiber like 300 times

  52. L, Na January 20, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    My screen has spit on from the inside after this video. Man this guy can spit.

  53. zealotscout February 2, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I have a question, so is the ultimate compound needed or used for water marks? I have these chrome portions of my car that are really tarnished by those darn stains, will that specific product do the job?

  54. Charlie February 10, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    What's with the laughing??? Is this a satire? Dude sounds like he's wearing dentures.

  55. Uber February 15, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Is Daffy duck doing the narrating?

  56. HAL 9000 February 19, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    The guy narrating is the owner of the company as I understand it, not a professional narrator. The comments are hilarious but kinda sad at the same time, seeings how he's laughing all the way to the bank and most commenting are not. And that's probably because he puts a smile on his face everyday to be successful, on top of working so hard and smart to be so successful, while some of those commenting probably don't even have a job.

    I've used his products with major success and they make the job extremely easy to get professional looking results, from wet sanding fresh black paint to the final glossy no swirl finish. All I used was Ultimate Compound after wet sanding and then Swirl Remover.

    If you want to complain, go get 3M's complicated multi-step, multi-digit labeled compounds and sponges and see how much of a headache and wallet drainer THAT is.

  57. 7-GOLD-BARS-7 February 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    It's only a bandaid and not a permanent fix.

  58. NightHawk J30 March 7, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I feel this video has so much detail compared to the new ones. It seems after 2011 there how to videos. Leave out alot of information.

  59. the dude March 15, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Yeah meguiars is good stuff i use ultimate compound its great

  60. Trinidad Gallardo March 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Buddy laughing while talking is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard in meh lyfe

  61. German muscle March 20, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I use the Ultimate Compound all the time and I've never had a problem getting a nice shine 👍💪

  62. GlockGuy226 April 1, 2019 at 3:54 am

    This guy talking is driving me nuts lol

  63. Melomania - No Copyright Music April 5, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Does the product stay even after a wash?

  64. Audun Jemtland April 8, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Does the back dye penetrate through the clear coat and dye the base layer? How does it become more black if it lies upon the clear coat?
    Can you please explain?

  65. hakman239 April 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    yh terry towels scratch

  66. tanner sharp April 21, 2019 at 9:20 am

    This guy…swur-x

  67. J Ortega April 23, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Sounds like Will Farrell doing his Harry Carey stuff…

  68. Florida Trekking April 23, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Keep it in your medicine cabinet like I do with all the pills I’m high af on hahaha

  69. pwrshots May 10, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    sound like sylvester. suffering sukatash

  70. ᏉLᎾUISᏉ May 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    99% of this video is about this guy almost trying to laughing the whole time while talking and with the way he uses his mouth spitting all the saliva out of his mouth🤣🤣🤣🤣 Im so dead

  71. Voltis_5 May 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I came here to learn about removing scratches. Ended up in a comedy show instead.

  72. J May 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I would rather listen to him than those freaken robot voices 😤

  73. Matir Putul May 27, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Is he was joking? Yes.
    Don’t buy those

  74. Cuervo PI June 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    It didn't work.

  75. TheStrangeOne June 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Can I use microfiber applicator pad instead of a foam applicator pad

  76. Kenny H June 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    So much saliva in his voice

  77. JOSHaka OGER June 29, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    The scratch eraser kit will work?

  78. SDav21 July 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Who has used swirl x? Does it really work? I need to know please. I'm guessing you clean the car well then use swirl x…

  79. Joe Exotic July 10, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    suffering succotash

  80. Michael Ryan July 12, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Why is he laughing???

  81. Tony Ghirardi July 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm


  82. Lone Wolf In Tx July 18, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    CanNot cont this video with all the spit in this guy's mouth!

  83. Ed D August 26, 2019 at 1:57 am

    The british counterpart channel is 30000% better

  84. Sara Otto September 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I used this polish on a door ding I lifted. My car was repainted at one point and has always been arctic white. The polish left a light bluish area (subtle) with just normal pressure hand application. Is there a way to minimize this?

  85. Jose Cantu September 11, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Could be related to THE NATURE BOY…. "WOOOOOOO!!!!"

  86. Luis Mora September 12, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Am I a joke to you

  87. B C October 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Is that the Glock guy narrating this?

  88. Bionic Rusty October 8, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Awesome, can’t stop laughing.

  89. Mark October 14, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Lay off the crown while you do these videos, please.

  90. Garfit Gar October 14, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Awsome products i use em all

  91. mak hines October 15, 2019 at 7:28 am

    as usual im here for the comments…

  92. Scott M October 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    shhwwirllll marksshhh

  93. SAVAGE BOii October 16, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Should i be laughing when applying the compound? 🙂

  94. Michael Rose October 19, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Sufferin succotash

  95. Marcela Salazar October 22, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Hi, thanks for the vid, I used it on my car but the scratches keep showing up again, no matter how many times I put it on, what do you think it is?

  96. Coo DeVille October 24, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Im wondering what he's on if this is getting him jolly ?

  97. Outcast Imaging November 9, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Meguiars cured my depression

  98. Bible Digger November 9, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    The comment section is like every bully that’s ever lived and never matured mentally. They won’t be happy until everyone looks the same, speaks the same and acts the same, oh and they all think they’re the perfect model of how to be. Ridiculous.

  99. Diego Huijbregts November 11, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Mr. Meguiar made me happy. This dude is constantly laughing.

  100. Rus ty November 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Smoke another one !

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