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    Greetings all

    Joined up today and hope you can help me...

    I have been the proud owner of a 330D Touring (metallic Black) for the last year. I absolutely love it and it has been brilliant in every way.

    Unfortunately it has put on the miles with trips to the Alps and Wales and all over the place. The hobbies that make me drive all over the place are Kayaking and mountain biking. As you can imagine repeated loading of boats to roof racks and bikes to boot rack are taking their toll.

    As a result the paint work is now a bit depressing with a number of small scratches and a couple of small scrapes and a few curbing dings on the wheels.

    Thought about giving it a Tcut but a few comments from this forum when I searched have put me off.

    Any suggestions for how best to go about restoring the paintwork to it's former glory? DIY options or any one you can recommend in or around Hertford?

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    What colour is it? Metallic or just a base colour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardson_n View Post
    330D Touring (metallic Black)
    the clue is in the question as terry wogan used to say(showing my age now lol)
    i would consider a quick rub down with meguiars scratch x...well your car i mean...and a decent polish then a wax (stages 2 and 3 of meguiars 3 stage system,maybe)
    DSK may be able to give you a better answer tbh...the man knows his onions with getting a good finish
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    nigel,

    It reall depends if you are wanting to invest in 'some kit' so that you can do some bodywork on future cars, or if you just want to do this as a one off?

    if its a one off I would say it would be far cheaper and less stressful to pay a good detailer to give your car a days worth of attention!.

    I know a very very good guy (bodywork detailing master) off an Audi forum who does lots of members cars but Im not sure how near he is to you. I will pm him and see if Hertford is 'on his radar' so to speak
     
     

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    Also, have a read of this detailing handbook Nigel so you can see if your up for the challenge!

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...-handbook-t68/
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    the clue is in the question as terry wogan used to say(showing my age now lol)
    i would consider a quick rub down with meguiars scratch x...well your car i mean...and a decent polish then a wax (stages 2 and 3 of meguiars 3 stage system,maybe)
    DSK may be able to give you a better answer tbh...the man knows his onions with getting a good finish
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    richardson_n - can I ask ask you to take a picture of two of the typical scratches/panels so that I can see how bad they look from the picture?

    The scratches and light marks etc should be an easy DIY job and relatively cheap to put right. I'll post again tomorrow (got to get to sleep now) with details of the products/costs and how to go about getting the results you want.

    The scrapes sound like they will need the attention of either a body shop or the likes of mobile services such as chips away etc.
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    I'll apologise now for the length of this post.

    Firstly take a look at the following for addressing your issue with your paint work;

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish...sh/cat_16.html paying attention to the Sonus SFX-1, 2 and 3 products.

    http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/category_s/24.htm

    Based on what you have written, I would go for a moderate cutting polish to ensure that heavier scratches or problem areas can be addressed in one go/one application without being too corase). To help save time and money, I would say perhaps opt for something like;

    http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/scratc...r_p/scrcth.htm

    or

    http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/product_p/cut1.5.htm

    This will help save you time and the overall number of products used. Then follow up by going over with something like Autoglym Super Resin Polish/Ultra Deep Shine to finish it off.

    Having done this, surely you would want to protect the finish as much as possible. So I would advise the following;

    Glaze
    (optional, but if you fancy it, try http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/glazes...e/prod_92.html)

    Sealant http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/product_p/jet.htm

    Wax

    Something like the following will be suitable;

    http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/product_p/xxx.htm

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/co.../prod_207.html


    From the likes of Halfords, get yourself;

    - Meguiars Smooth Surface Clay Kit
    (Includes x2 clay bars, quick detailer spray, mircofibre, cleaner wax) This will givey ou everything you need to clay in 1 quick easy kit. Should you drop the bvar of clay (which happens easily), you will have anothe rbar of clay to hand!

    And something like this polishing machine http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...tegoryrn_31443

    The above polishing machine is more than adequate. I also use a similar machine to the Halfords one, but by B&Q Performance Power, not sure if B&Q still stock them, if they do its £15 and you get lots of extra bonnets/cloths in the kit. These will make the whole polishing and waxing process quick and easy whilst performing a first class job. They will deliver results that cannot be matched by hand!

    Your process should be along the following lines;

    - pre-wash with autofoam (if you can)
    - wash the car (ideally using the 2 bucket method & a wash mitt)
    - clay (this removes bonded contaminents that cannot be removed by washing, leaving a smooth glass like surface to work with)

    - Polish correction (see chemicalguys products links above link above)
    - Autoglym Super Resin Polish/Ultra Deep Shine
    - Glaze (optional)
    - Seal (see chemicalguys link above)
    - Wax (see wax links above).
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    Crap, posted and it didnt upload properly.

    The short of it is, if you're doing it by hand stick to SRP, it polishes and fills. The others are hard to break down by hand as you don't get the motion a rotary or orbital gives as well as the heat. I'd go with BH Autobalm on top once again for its filling abilities. Whilst it is possible to prep a car by hand it will take you 3 times as long as doing it by machine. BMW is normally rock hard as well.

    Auto Finesse are local to you, I believe they are in Ware if you want someone to take a look at the car.

    Good luck with whatever route you decide to take.
     
     

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