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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    Sadly, I have not found a one-size-fits-all light...
    Agree, I need numerous light sources to cover all the bases.

    I`ve had light holograms that were only visible for a few minutes a day in natural sunlight; couldn`t see `em any other way, nor could my wife. But we did see them for that brief window....took forever to do that one.

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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    Alright, I have found the ultimate swirl finder light....and I`ve had it since last October and forgot all about it!


    I call him mini me!
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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    I bought a knock-off Scangrip and was a bit disappointed. Just for fun I stuck it to some metal in my garage about 6-8 feet from my car because it has a magnetized base.

    All of a sudden I could see everything. All of the swirls and defects.

    I guess if you`re like me and just trying to figure this detection thing out, try setting the lighting a little further away.

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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike lambert View Post
    That is why most European and Asian shops went to dark walls. It keeps the lights from washing out defects.we did this at our shop and it makes a world of difference.
    The walls at the brand new Rupes USA facility are black in the garage part. They just opened this facility back in January. Then they had a bay that looked like a spray booth without doors. It had white walls , and lit to the hilt.

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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    Quote Originally Posted by someidiot View Post
    I guess if you`re like me and just trying to figure this detection thing out, try setting the lighting a little further away.
    Yes indeed Varying the illumination/viewing angle and distance is a major factor all right. I bet you`ll find the inspection a lot less frustrating now, even if you do spend lots of time working on all those variations to find what`s just right.

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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    A tips if you have problems to see defects or there are suposed to be non. Take your mobile phone camera with the lighning setting on. Hold the about a feet away or closer and snap a picture. This has worked really great for me. But not so convinient while you correct the paint LOL.



    It`s a hassel to get the right angle when takeing pictures when the Sunmatch lights up the defects. Any tips on how you get great pictures when you use the Sunmatch light are welcome.

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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    I polished and coated my car yesterday with these new lighting tips. I felt that it went very well. My car looks so much better than it ever has. I`m really happy with it.
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    Re: really struggling with paint inspection / swirl detection

    Quote Originally Posted by someidiot View Post
    I polished and coated my car yesterday with these new lighting tips. I felt that it went very well. My car looks so much better than it ever has. I`m really happy with it.
    Pics or it didn’t happen. Lol

 

 
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