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    Quote Originally Posted by mark@vorny.co.uk View Post
    Looking good Dizzle

    I so miss having a dark colour to polish......
    Still doesnt shine up as good as my black 1series did. Black cars do look fantastic when waxed!

    Quote Originally Posted by mark beardmore View Post
    you used zaino straight after the wax? doesnt that strip the wax off, i thought it needed time to cure?
    I left it a while before applying the Zaino CS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzle77 View Post
    Still doesnt shine up as good as my black 1series did. Black cars do look fantastic when waxed!



    I left it a while before applying the Zaino CS

    Yeah, the wife's black Golf is very reewarding to clean
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    Nice work Dizzle...

    So Mark, wanna rise to the gauntlet set down there mate? I have an E91 that needs to be polished - I will even supply all the stuff, even the Collite....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzle77 View Post
    Still doesnt shine up as good as my black 1series did. Black cars do look fantastic when waxed!
    I agree, Sparkling graphite just doesn't shine that well at all. I've had a Topaz blue BMW, a titanium silver one and now this one, and
    just can't get that same sheen.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc69

    I agree, Sparkling graphite just doesn't shine that well at all. I've had a Topaz blue BMW, a titanium silver one and now this one, and
    just can't get that same sheen.
    I wouldnt say it's that bad. It certainly didnt shine up as well as previous car, but it still looks 'wet'.

    The shine of a car depends highly on state of the paintwork though. Overall the paintwork on my 330 isnt great. There are scratches and swirls from when i bought the car and also few new ones, which i know were caused by local hand wash place

    To get car looking like its fresh from showroom, i'd really need to get paintwork corrected by machine polish. This is something i've pencilled in for future though.

    I have seen your car, but maybe the paintwork needs some treatment cos by the sounds of it you arent getting any shine at all.

    Overall though I like the sparkling graphite shine

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    I pass a grey Audi A3 on the way home every night, and the finish on it is great! Gets right on my nerves.

    I'm off for a week w/b May 17th, and have pencilled in two days for clay, polish, seal and wax. Already did it last month, but looks like I'm not doing enough on the polishing stage, and maybe Megs polish is not the best for grey.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc69 View Post
    I pass a grey Audi A3 on the way home every night, and the finish on it is great! Gets right on my nerves.

    I'm off for a week w/b May 17th, and have pencilled in two days for clay, polish, seal and wax. Already did it last month, but looks like I'm not doing enough on the polishing stage, and maybe Megs polish is not the best for grey.
    As you probably already know, the key to great shine is all in the prep work. Sounds like your spot on with the steps though.

    Will you be polishing by hand or machine? Think polishing by hand gets rid of about 90% of minor swirls and scratches, whereas a machine is more effective.

    How is the paintwork on your car? Are there a fair amount of swirls etc from the previous owner? Does it feel smooth when washed?
    Maybe you could visit a car detailer just to get their opinion?

    I can see why you're frustrated as I would be too.
    I think the issue is specifically related to your paintwork though. I've just looked at mine out the window and it's definitely gleaming.

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    Car is only 18 months old, and paint is as smooth as a baby's bum when washed, in fact I don't really think it needs claying.

    I will be hand polishing, and fairly sure that is the aspect that I haven't given enough attention to previously, and have ordered some of that Chemical Guys EZ Creme Glaze.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc69 View Post
    Car is only 18 months old, and paint is as smooth as a baby's bum when washed, in fact I don't really think it needs claying.

    I will be hand polishing, and fairly sure that is the aspect that I haven't given enough attention to previously, and have ordered some of that Chemical Guys EZ Creme Glaze.
    cool. Hope it turns out well.
    Let me know how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc69 View Post
    Car is only 18 months old, and paint is as smooth as a baby's bum when washed, in fact I don't really think it needs claying.

    I will be hand polishing, and fairly sure that is the aspect that I haven't given enough attention to previously, and have ordered some of that Chemical Guys EZ Creme Glaze.
    Forgive me if I am teaching you to suck eggs, but I am sure someone will find this useful anyway.

    The easiest way to determine if a car needs claying is to get one of the bags that you use for collecting veg in a supermarket. Wear it like a glove and run your hand over the paintwork - careful at this stage because the neighbours will start to get concerned - If you find that it snags then you need to clay the car!

    A Porta Cable - PC - machine polisher is definitely the way to go to get the best shine but you really need to make sure you are using the right polish and pads. If I get round to doing the Wifes 635 then I will ask the question on Detailing Forum. These guys know all there is about polishing cars.

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