Wash Marks

Wash marks are fine scratches which are caused as a result of washing. On close examination of the surface of the paintwork, there are hundreds of thousands of fine scratches in all direction which catch the light when seen from any angle, giving the paintwork a slightly frosted effect. There are multiple ways during the washing process where scratches can be introduced to your car and although most of these can be mitigated or removed all together, wash marks are inevitable.

You wash your car because it has dirt and grit on it, and the only way to remove the dirt and grit is with some agitation. However, agitation, even when done with the utmost care, will move grit over the surface of your car, causing scratches.