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    Hi all,

    I have recently bought a 530i and needs a bit of attention on the exterior. I am looking to give the car a full detail and paint work correction. I have been planning on what to use and the stages of when to use the materials, so as follows:

    -Traffic film degreaser
    -Wonder Wheels to clean and degrease the alloys
    -Rinse with pressure washer
    -Lambswool wash mitt and 2 bucket method
    -Dried using microfiber cloths
    -Clayed using Meguiar's smooth-as-glass clay kit
    -DA6 used with firm polishing pad and Farécla G6
    -Then 3M Ultrafina
    -Polished using either Mer Ultimate Polish/Meguiar's/Auto Glym, (I can't make up my mind)!!
    -Finished with a couple coats of Meguiar's Carnauba Wax
    -Wheels protected/sealed with Meguiar's wheel detailing spray
    -Tyres dressed with Permatex No Touch Seriously Wet Extreme Tire Shine
    -Glass cleaned
    -Glass protected and sealed using Rainx

    So what do you think?? Comments more than welcome!

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    g6 is a bit rough, how bad is the paintwork and what colour?

    I'd use g3 and then ultrafina and even then dependent on colour you won't get all the buffing marks out properly with a DA. Have you got access to a rotary? Try some g3 or 3m extra fine (both same things) and see how you go and you shouldn't need to use any polish after ultrafina unless its a dark colour then i'd go for a glaze before waxing..

    machining method would be something like:

    - 3m extra fine or g3, or g6 for bad scratches
    - ultrafina SE
    - AG UDS if you haven't got a glaze, or use a proper machine glaze (3m or PB Blackhole is good)
    - wax

    Your other products are good but i'd use either collinite if you have it or PB wheel sealant on the wheels. I have both and find the colli to actually be longer lasting
     
     

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    Hi there,

    The colour of the car is silver grey. There are some quite deep scratches on some areas of the car, so I will use G6 for those bits. The DA is my own and only polisher, so I would have to buy a rotary one, but is it really that necessary??, as there are average swirls and holograms etc on the rest of the car.

    I think you are correct, thinking about the state of the paintwork, I should try and use G3 and see how that goes and if I need something more aggressive go for it.

    Many thanks for your tips and comments,

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    I find using a rotary a lot easier. A DA is very time consuming and vibrates too much

    Silver/grey is a good colour to work on, you probably won't need to use ultrafina if you can work the g3 in properly. Its a big car though so it'll take you a couple of days to machine it properly with the DA and most importantly post up pics when the jobs done
     
     

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    Many thanks again.

    If it ever stops raining I will finally get round to do it.

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    only one suggestion .... wonderwheels? nasty stuff way to acidic, if you wheels are really really reall dirty and nothing will shift the dirt then give it a go, but if you leave it on to long it will easily eat your paint and wheels,

    I would personally go for bilberry on the wheels

    As for rotary vs DA, if you already have a DA use that and if you are not getting the results you want sell it and buy a rotart,

    I have a DA and its fine for swirls and light scratches, even if it does take a bit more time

    What are you using to wash with? i recommend megs gold class

    As sham says have you thought about a glaze? i would go for the poor boys as well, but go for white diamond as its a light coloured car

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    Hi there sam1832,

    Thanks for the tips/suggestions.

    I've been using Wonderwheels for years, and so far I've had no problems using it, however, I have seen lots of other posts mentioning how acidic it is and that it can damage the wheels. Maybe I should get another less intense wheel cleaner with a neutral pH.

    I think that I am going to have to stick with my DA Polisher, I would rather be safe than sorry and take my time working on each section/panel of the car.

    I usually use Simoniz Professional Car Shampoo or ZipWax.

    I think that I will go for Meguiar's Show Car Glaze. However, will a detailing spray do the same job??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW 840ci View Post
    Hi there sam1832,

    Thanks for the tips/suggestions.

    I've been using Wonderwheels for years, and so far I've had no problems using it, however, I have seen lots of other posts mentioning how acidic it is and that it can damage the wheels. Maybe I should get another less intense wheel cleaner with a neutral pH.

    I think that I am going to have to stick with my DA Polisher, I would rather be safe than sorry and take my time working on each section/panel of the car.

    I usually use Simoniz Professional Car Shampoo or ZipWax.

    I think that I will go for Meguiar's Show Car Glaze. However, will a detailing spray do the same job??

    Thanks again,

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    bilbery is a good ph balanced cleaner,

    the wonder wheels will take off any protection that you put on them next clean,

    when you say detailing spray, do you mean quick detailer?
    a QD is used for topping up a wax coat, so say you wax you car tomorrow, and you then wash your car next week but cant be bothered to wax it again you give it a quick spray and wipe with the qd after you wash to keep the wax topped up

    Also a qd can be used for quick wipe downs, instead of a wash, this is how i often use mine, if i wash the car last night but not using it till the weekend so its kept in the garage, i use a qd to give it a quick wipe down to remove dust and make it look like its just been washed again

    a glaze is what you apply before you wax,

    So wash, clay, glaze then wax

    glaze is applied in the same way as a wax
     
     

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    BMW 840 - If you use the megs show car glaze can you post up how it was to use, i'm looking to change from PB as the bottles nearly empty now

    I use bilberry for my wheels and i've got around half a bottle left and its nerly two years old in a month. If you have wonder wheels to hand then use it but only if the lacquer isn't flaking on your wheels - as long as you work it in quick and wash it off properly you should be okay to use it but not as part of regular detailing routine

    oh and a tip when using g3 is to roll up newspaper and put it between the crease between the door/wing to stop splatter getting in. Its very messy stuff and clean up can be a pain and you don't want to miss a bit.
     
     

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