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    I have recently got the detailing bug, and have a good routine of Bilberry wheel cleaner, CG Maxi suds/2 bucket method, AG SRP etc. but it has just made the swirls more obvious! So, on to the next step...

    A friend and I spent all day yesterday cleaning and machine polishing the car in an attempt to de-swirl it. Some wet and dry took care of some long scratches down the doors and on the arches. We tried Farecla G3 and some Mirka stuff both on a DA, but it just didn't touch the swirls, even with 5-6 passes!

    We gave up on that bit as we were running out of time and hit it with Menzerna Final Finish on a red Sonus SFX pad and then gave it a coat of Mirka carnuaba wax.

    So, my question is has anyone got a good pad/compound recommendation that will de-swirl my 318? I am thinking Menzerna Power Gloss on a cutting pad at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilscientist View Post
    I have recently got the detailing bug, and have a good routine of Bilberry wheel cleaner, CG Maxi suds/2 bucket method, AG SRP etc. but it has just made the swirls more obvious! So, on to the next step...

    A friend and I spent all day yesterday cleaning and machine polishing the car in an attempt to de-swirl it. Some wet and dry took care of some long scratches down the doors and on the arches. We tried Farecla G3 and some Mirka stuff both on a DA, but it just didn't touch the swirls, even with 5-6 passes!

    We gave up on that bit as we were running out of time and hit it with Menzerna Final Finish on a red Sonus SFX pad and then gave it a coat of Mirka carnuaba wax.

    So, my question is has anyone got a good pad/compound recommendation that will de-swirl my 318? I am thinking Menzerna Power Gloss on a cutting pad at the moment.

    Cheers, Nick

    (Second image is afterwards, third image is before polishing)

    If you are brave enough then you could try T-cut but be warned it is paint stripper so be very,very careful.Do it by hand and it will get rid of swirls but it takes off a very thin coat of paint too so you would need to protect it with wax afterwards and detailing spray.Maybe gleammachine or the likes will have a better method
     
     

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    Is looks like you didn't use the polisher at the correct speed and the polish didn't break down. What polisher do you have?
     
     

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    I think you are right Neal - we were probably too cautious with the machine and didnt work it long enough. Im going to get a scrap bootlid or something and see how far it will go before it damages the paint, and then have another go at de-swirling! The machine was a generic one from a paint suppliers.

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    A typical guide is spread polish at 800rpm for a couple of passes, raise speed to 1100rpm and work polish for 4-6 passes, then increase further to 1500rpm for a couple more passes. Finally drop the speed back to around 1100rpm for a couple of final passes to jewel the finish. This normally takes 3 mins per section. A good friend of mine told me this
     
     

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    Excellent, thanks for the tips! Was that on BMW paint? What polish did they/you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    A typical guide is spread polish at 800rpm for a couple of passes, raise speed to 1100rpm and work polish for 4-6 passes, then increase further to 1500rpm for a couple more passes. Finally drop the speed back to around 1100rpm for a couple of final passes to jewel the finish. This normally takes 3 mins per section. A good friend of mine told me this
    Spoken like a true Pro.

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    Excellent, thanks for the tips! Was that on BMW paint? What polish did they/you use?

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    As Neal previously mentioned you need to work the polish until translucent, otherwise it will not break down the abrasives and leave you with buffer trails and holograms.

    A good couple of polishes to start with would be either
    Menzerna 203s - 2.5 out of 5 on cut, to remove a fair amount of the swirling but also finishes down to last step product ready.
    Menzerna IP3.02 - Medium cut which will remove moderate defects but need following up with a finishing polish like above.

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...3s-polish.html
     
     

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    Cheers for the advice guys, I'm all fired up for round two now! I will conquer the swirls

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