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    Hi,

    First post here. Been reading what feels to be millions of threads regarding detailing.

    My black E60 545i SE has some scratches / swirls. Not major but not minor - call them 'average' if there is such a thing.

    I bought some SRP and also a Mac 'polisher' from B&Q. I didnt have pads for it so bought some basic ones from Halfords - tried it and not too bad but clearly didnt work too well as the pads I used werent made for this machine.

    Will SRP be 'good enough' to clear up the swirls and odd scratch? Suggestions on pads - Merz or Lakelands and what colour ones?

    Many thanks.
     
     

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    Pics here:

    http://s739.photobucket.com/albums/x...l/BMW%20Paint/

    Will link through once uploaded - hopefully that will allow better comments / advice.
     
     

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    Minor swirling?



    Maybe worse?



    This is the worst of the scratches as far I can see - sorry the pic doesnt clearly show the 'magnitude' of the scratch - more pics are uploading - will see if any are better.

     
     

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    Perhaps a better shot of the main scratch

     
     

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    menzerna pads and polishes are meant to be very good on bmw paint, srp tends to fill not correct swirls etc, best using the srp after correction before your lsp!
     
     

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    Thanks - can you tell me specifically which colour pads to use and which of the polishes?
     
     

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    Hi Chazaxi,

    I suggest you might be better off going to the Detailing Forum for more in depth advice. I also think you might be on a hiding to nothing unless you use something like the Porta Cable rotary polisher. Most of the low cost units which are called polishers are just that, polishers. What you need is a detailing device which is similar to an orbital sander. - But please don't use an orbital sander!!!!

    You then need to get the correct pads and polish for the car and level of 'swirls'. Sadly whilst I have most of this kit I don't feel confident enough in advising you what your car will need, hence suggesting you might be better talking to the fella's on Detailing Forum.

    Best regards

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    White compound head with the good old G3 will clear the big scratches up and then onto g10 with e black pad to remove the light swirling and buffer trails.

    3M finesse-it with a large waffle pad in the end to bring up/add the shine, thats my routine and I OWN a black car

    SRP later on in the week if it needs it but the 3M is silicone based so gives a lasting shine/waxy finish for along long time. Hope this helps. and if your hands aren't shaking give it a coating of collinite wax
     
     

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    Forgot to mention I only use SRP by hand. G3 and G10 are water soluble so you can go at it like a crazy man.

    My car was detailed once when I brought it from the previous owner and 9 months later I detailed it myself and now I just wash it with a mitt and AG shampoo. Its had the regular interim hand polish with SRP aswell.
     
     

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