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    Hi all,

    Has anyone had their car detailed recently?

    I wondered if it included having small stone chips removed and scuffs sorted.

    I am interested in having mine detailed but didn't know if I would have to have the chips and scuffs done prior by one of the SMART repair type companys or whether the Detailers would carry that out.

    Any guidance on cost for a 320d touring or does it depend on how bad the car is?

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    The main firm in Eastbourne charges by size of car and level of filth - but only if especially filthy. I have just popped to their website to get prices for you, but its down at the mo.

    I don't know about the repaint side of things. Detailers seem to require a few hours to do a good job, making me wonder if any detailer would have sufficient time in the day to wait for touch-up paint to dry. When I was daydreaming about painting my callipers custard yellow, the instructions said not to touch the paint for 24 hours. Though, of course, body paint might have a completely different drying time.
     
     

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    Aye if Neil from Perfection Detailing doesnt pop over then drop him a PM...

    I went o bodyshop about getting my chips sorted but because the paint is water based then it would just wash off in the rain/washing so its pointless..
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbenstrikes View Post
    Aye if Neil from Perfection Detailing doesnt pop over then drop him a PM...

    I went o bodyshop about getting my chips sorted but because the paint is water based then it would just wash off in the rain/washing so its pointless..
    thats why with stone chips its better to just get the front end blown over every couple of years

    or speak to chipsaway or a similar smart repair company (although its sometimes cheaper to go to a bodyshop!!)
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    Just my twopeneth fzbucks

    I had a detailer look at my car not long after had bought it and, (fair play to him for his honesty I would have had him go ahead and do it),
    he advised me to get the stone chips and large scratches sorted out before he could detail it.
    He then explained that the detailing would just highlight these imperfections and they would stand out like a sore thumb

    I priced up having all the front end, both wings and the roof resprayed but it worked out far too expensive,
    so armed with my mates DA polisher I attacked the cars paintwork

    I didn't go as far as to remove all the swirl marks but softened the scratches and generally improved the standard of the paintwork,
    but the imperfections are still there, from 2 yards away it looks virtually perfect but get closer and all is revealed

    Below is a pic after the DA polishing and two coats of Dodo Juice Blue Velvet wax.

    Perhaps Neil at Perfection Detailing could recommend a repairer for you?

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    If it's the odd stone chip here and there that just need touching in then you can get away with it by filling the chip and then wet flatting it back down and machine polishing. But if there ls a lot of stone chips then I always advise having the paintwork sorted first by our local bodyshop who have a unit on our premises, general scuffs can be wet flatted back if needed and machine polished out if they haven't gone down to far but impossible to tell without seeing the vehicle and taking some paint depth readings etc.

    Hope that helps.

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