I used to have a black show car that I drove almost daily. It was difficult to keep swirl-free. Black reflects light in a uniform pattern. Lighter colors reflect light more randomly. There are swirls on most cars (except ours ) no matter the color. They are just more evident on black cars. Anyway, if you are afraid to use a buffer, buy an Ultimate Detailer polisher. It's like a Porter Cable polisher, but improved. Search it. I think you'll find it to be a good investment. Get a kit if you can because they come with the stages of polishes and pads you will need to remove/ reduce your swirls and apply wax.thanks guys. I made a horrible mistake of going to a machine car wash almost weekly when I got the car. that really explains all the nasty swirls. I'm a newbie when it comes to washing cars. I just washed/waxed it today and it seems to look a little better but next I'll do polish/wax and use other products like swirl x from meguire's.