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    I've just completed a full detail on my car (1997 E36 323i vert) and am much happier with the result compared to last year.

    Having coated with Colli's wax (2nd coat to go on tomorrow) I'm now wondering how to maintain the effort.

    Am I right in assuming that I do not need to use the Menzerna polish again unless I end up with some scratches that penetrate the wax

    My logic says wash regularly and when wax wears thin I should clay the car, then use something like 3M Rosa Fina or Menzerna final finish then wax and that's it - is this right?

    Reason i ask is my understanding of the polish is that every time I polish I remove a layer of paint so I don't want to cut through the paint by polishnig too much with polish compounds.

    Hope the above makes sense and would appreciate your thoughts.
     
     

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    You only use cutting compound (polish) to correct faults in the paint such as swirls and light scratches..

    This should not be part of your regular detailing routine..

    After doing paint correction you obviously then protect it with wax/sealant..

    After that's been done you just need to periodically top up your wax/sealant when your washing the car..

    Depending on the protection your using the periods of time will vary but I'd say to be safe add a layer of wax on every 3rd wash or every 6 weeks..

    Times in between waxing/polishing your just washing with a wax safe shampoo and I'd recommend using a quick detailer afterwards
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    yup as above,

    every time you use the machine polisher and polish you 'cut' a layer of clear coat away, so effectivly thinning the paint every time, so not every week but once twice a year is ok

    to maintain your look, its really done to how you wash and dry

    Firstly get a good quality lambs wool wash mit, the dodo juice one is very good (but expensive) and a good quality dryinmg towel - No shami leathers

    Have you heard of the two buckts wash method?
    basically you have two buckets one with your soapy water, the other with just clean water, get your mit soapy, rub it over the car then before getting more suds rinse in the clean water first

    the idea is to leave the dirt in the clean water so you dont drag it over you paint causing swirls and light scratches

    I wouldnt neccessarily clay the car before your next wax unless it needs it, i havent clayed since i polished last year and ive wax this year

    as above QD's are good, they contain wax and can be used to 'top-up' you wax coat between waxing sessions, i personnaly dont bother i just wax again to be honest

    what colour is the car?
    I reccomend poor boys black hole or white diamond, depending if your car is dark or light, it is a glaze that contains fillers, you apply it in the same way as wax before wax and then wax over the top

    its very good at covering up swirl marks, so if you imagine in 6 months time you have got a few swirl marks, you dont have to polish it you can just glaze it and it will appear like they have gone, and does really do it well
     
     

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    Cheers chaps, my car is alpine White (I'll try and put a pic up later tonight).

    I was under the impression that the claying would remove the wax so I'm glad i asked because I wasn't relishing the idea of doing a full detail eveyones other week

    I've got some autoglym super resin polish lying around - is that good enough?

    So process for now is (repeat every couple of weeks):

    Wash (2 bucket method)
    Some form of polish like dodo juice one (is 3M Fina rosa okay?)
    Wax

    Then come autumn look at it all and maybe clay if I need to?
     
     

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    Don't polish every couple of weeks mate, thats serious overkill..

    My regular washing routine is:

    Snow foam,

    Leave to work away for 5 mins then rinse with power washer.

    Wash car (2 bucket method, CG citrus wash, lambswool mitt).

    Rinse thoroughly and dry.

    Light rinse for an trapped water (sideskirts, petrol cap, window seals).. thorough dry.

    Either: add layer of wax and quick detail, or just quick detail (CG synthetic quick detailer).

    However, the 1st proper detail after winter (this sort of time) and the last detail before winter (start of october) I do a full 2 day job..

    So that's:

    snow foam,

    rinse and wash..

    clay, rinse and light wash..

    machine polish with cutting compound (not necessarily all of the car, depends on where its needed)..

    machine polish with finishing compound..

    glaze with rotary..

    wax/seal..

    finish with quick detailer if necessary..
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    That sounds more like it

    Does snow foam work especially as I have a convertible E36? I've seen a few kits for snow foam and I have a karcher pressure washer - is that all I need ?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onedesi View Post
    I've got some autoglym super resin polish lying around - is that good enough?

    Then come autumn look at it all and maybe clay if I need to?
    SRP is very good, it has lots of fillers so to hide a small scratch between machine polishing it is good for that

    You dont really need to clay now that you have a good coat of wax on, as this is going to protect the paint work well, you can feel when the paint work needs to be clayed, run your hand over it and it feels like grainy or like sand paper it needs claying, if its smooth leave it

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    Does snow foam work especially as I have a convertible E36? I've seen a few kits for snow foam and I have a karcher pressure washer - is that all I need ?
    All you need is the snow foam lance that fits your pressure washer, i would foam the roof tho it would be a pain to get it out, but the rest of the car would be good for
     
     

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    Excellent

    I'll mull over the snow foam as I dont want to damage the roof but chuffed I can use the Autoglym Super Resin Polish.

    Here are some pics of my car now (yes it is an Autobot sign on the front ):







     
     

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    Any polish, will strip your wax. Just wash properly, and maybe get a quick detailer spray
     
     

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    looks like a nice clean motor mate, I'd lower it slightly
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