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    I'm looking at getting myself a machine polisher, mainly because i'm lazy and i'm not getting the results i want from hand polishing!

    Theres plenty of polishers about for reasonable money but.. where do I start with cutting compounds, polishes, finishing compounds, pads etc???

    My car's got quite a few light scratches to the paintwork aswell as a fair bit of contamination and swirling.. so what can you guys recommend to get a result i'll be happy with??
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    Detailing chaps will be along shortly to help you out. If you don't get a reply, let me know and I will go through the kit I have with you
     
     

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    Nice one Neal, appreciate the help mate
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    me and a couple of boys in work have decided to get this macine polisher:

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_513.html

    along with:

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_231.html

    and:

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_428.html

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_429.html

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_430.html

    question is whats the best cutting compounds, polishes and finishing polishes to use??

    I've heard menzerna are good but I'm slightly confused about whats what???
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    Yeah i would recommend menzerna, i've used these with good results.
    Bascially you will need one for correcting and one for refining the paintwork.
    Their power gloss(s100) is the strongest cutting polish.. this maybe abit too much for what you need. Although i had to use it for some of the correcting as bmw paint is usallly hard.
    You would then need to refine the paintwork after this with something like their final finish polish )(po85rd)
    If you dont want to bother with two different polishes, a good one to get is the menzerna POWER FINISH (p0203s)
    This is bascially two in one, a correcting and refining polish.
    I would say go for this one and see how you get on...
     
     

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    anyone used sonus polishes??

    do they compare to the menzerna ones?

    also with the Sonus SFX pads would the white one (SFX2) do the job on the light surface scratches and swirling or would we want the more aggressive yellow pad??
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    I havent used these pads before. But the best routine to use is to start with the least aggressive polish and pad you have, if that doesnt do it step up to the next pad etc.. So you would definatley be best off getting both
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThE.gRiZzLe View Post
    Hi there,

    Well, as some of you detailers would know BMW's paintwork is extremely hard, and take quite a hard bit of work to cut down.

    My personal preference for BMW and VAG paintwork are Menzerna compounds.

    For swirling and rds I use Menzerna Power finish (Light/Medium Cut) to remove the scratches/swirls on a Sonus sfx-2/3 Pad depending on cut required.

    And then I use Menzerna final finish to remove the hazing created by the power finish, though its barely noticable. This is done on a Sonus SFX-4 Finishing pad.

    For deeper scratches (Ring scratches etc.) I use Menzerna Power Gloss (Heavy cut) but be very VERY careful as this will cut through the paint very quickly especially on a rotary (which I presume you have) This should be done with a SONUS SFX-1/2 pad but should only be used when really necessary.

    Just make sure you work the compounds in properly otherwise you'll be there for hours barely achieving any cut whatsoever.

    These are my personal preference and work very well on BMW and VAG paintwork.

    By the way NICE CHOICE with DJ LimePrime but clay wise I prefer a Sonus Ultra-fine Detailing clay, as even though I have been detailing for a while now, I find this clay is easiest and safest to use on all paintworks

    But like I said, everything is down to preference. Just make sure the paint is truly clean by claying & IPA wipes before polishing so you dont push contaminants further into it! And you'll be fine...

    Ahmet
    Along with DAS-6 or MEGUIARS G220

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    ordered the silverline polisher (as recommended by sparky).. along with the sonus pads, backing plate and menzerna polish..

    going to have a go at my bonnet and a few scratches on my doors monday if the weathers good

    will be staying away from plastics until i've had a bit of practice.. maybe on the mrs' car
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    Pioneer MVH-8200
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