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    Well guys and gals, when it comes to detailing advice nobody beats you!

    I machine polished my car last year with a Megs DA machine, using Menzerna polishes and pads.

    I cut the paint using the compounding pad and the PowerFinish polish and then finished off with the finishing pad and the FinalFinish polish.

    This left very good results and removed 99% of swirls and all marring.

    Itís now been a year, and as the car is going to be used as a main wedding car this summer, I want to have it looking its best.

    As I wash using the two bucket method and a lambs wool mitt, plus snow foam if the car is pitted, there arenít any deep swirls or imperfections. There are only very very minor swirls and slight marring now a year after the polish....

    This is the car as it stands now







    So...

    I intend to machine polish again.

    I donít want to cut the paint, as I donít feel this is needed and I donít want to get into the habit of machine polishing the car on a regular basis.

    I intend to use the Menzerna finishing pads only this time, but Iím stuck on what polish to use.

    Should I just use the Menzerna FinialFinish again?

    Or is there a better last step polish out there that will remove very light imperfections and leave a great finish on black paint?

    I want the paint looking so wet and deep you could drown in it.

    Once polished I will be protecting the paint with Collinite 476s wax.

    So, any recommendations???

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    Finishing pad and a finishing polish will do just fine i think....

    Try detailing world they are very good!

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    Yeah I've been having a good look on cleanyourcar.co.uk and think I'm going to use the Menz FinalFinish again... hmmm....

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    Matt great to see your car looking so good!!

    especially seen as i've just bought a silverline rotary, some sonus sfx pads and some menzerna polish.. fingers crossed my paintwork will be something like yours shortly!
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    Would it be worth using SRP mate? A lot of people don't like it because it's something you can get off the shelf in Halfrauds etc. But I have always had cracking results, especially on black. Like you said, limiting the amount of clear coat you remove is always best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam.wilkinson View Post
    Would it be worth using SRP mate? A lot of people don't like it because it's something you can get off the shelf in Halfrauds etc. But I have always had cracking results, especially on black. Like you said, limiting the amount of clear coat you remove is always best!
    I want to remove the light swirls, not mask them. SRP is only a short term answer

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    There was a thread run over on Detailing World about both lime prime and SRP, having some abrasives is them that offer slight correction. Up to you tho mate...

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