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    Right I have looked through lots and lots of threads with before and after photographs when real valetors machine polish and correct the paint on cars. Am always in awe of the results, so I thought i would ask the question that I have always wondered and probably many others - how much does this type of work cost??

    Before you all start I know it depends on the size of the car and how bad (or good) the paint is before starting, but for say an E46 convertble which is in clean condition with the usual light swirls/scratches associated with being washed by a sponge by ignorant previous owner.

    With that as a starting point ball park figure for someone to do their thing on it?
    Ball park £100, £200, £400 more/less???
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    probably looking at around the £250 or so mark for a full correction (98%).

    To be completely honest mate, it is completely worth correcting the paint on your car as it completely changes the look and feel of it.

    But I would seriously consider buying the equipment and learning yourself, as this means that when it eventually does pick up a few swirls etc in the future which it inevitibly will you can do it again and all it will cost you is your time

    I would seriously think about this as an option as BMW's paint is very solid, so its hard to go wrong, almost impossible with a DA to be honest, and the task of correcting paintwork isnt hard, just time consuming, but you'll feel really good about yourself when you look at it after and think "I did that!"

    If you want I can write up a list to advise you on bits to buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThE.gRiZzLe View Post
    If you want I can write up a list to advise you on bits to buy?

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    Id be interested in this mate.. i spent 8 and 1/2 hrs on mine last sunday by hand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix81 View Post
    Id be interested in this mate.. i spent 8 and 1/2 hrs on mine last sunday by hand!

    Megs 3 stage plus scratchX, to say i was aching monday morning is an understatement :|
    Be expecting to spend nearly 3 times that for a full correction mate

    Megs G220 DA + polish and pads

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    DAS-6 DA + polish & pads

    ^ two of the top DA's on the market ^

    I personally prefer the G220 but as is the way with these things, its all about preference and budget

    Right after that, your going to need the basics (assuming you have a pressure washer?)

    - Foam lance (+foam) (optional)
    - 2 Buckets (preferably with grit guards)
    - Lambswool wash mitt
    - Microfibre (preferably waffle weave) drying towel
    - Microfibre detailing cloths (LOTS)
    - Clay bar (Better off starting with a mild one to avoid marring)
    - Clay lube
    - Detailing Masking tape
    - One of the above polisher packages (preferably)
    - A good wax (Collinite 476s is brilliant stuff)
    - Wax applicator pad

    All of the above can be bought from CYC and ECC



    A word of warning though bud, once you start, you'll never stop

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    Im going to meet a guy at the beach about a full paint correction for santa pod... g|techniq from the wheels up!! Ha!
     
     

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    i was goin too reply exactly the same thing almost impossibe to do any damage with a da polisherjust be carefull on edges and corners..lots of info on detailing world forum and some inspiring pictures amason have got some polishers on special at the moment with adjustable speed around the 30 quid mark but doesnt include the head i think thats about another 15quidish
     
     

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    I would love to get some of this kit and have a go but m car isn't that bad so i would fear that I would make it worse while practicing!!!
    I suppose I could practice on the wife's car...............hmmmm!!

    To be honest I'm not going to cough up that sort of cash for a polisher without having the gonads to try it on my baby!!!
    Anyway thanks for your comments and suggestions!!

    Anybody on here had a professional paint correction polish and if so how much did it cost???

    Perfect detailing ball park figure for some of your jaw dropping work???
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    Right, went to see the guy today who is one of the best.. for 2 days work if he were doing a ferrari lets say it would be around 1 grand... but because im young and its not a ferrari hes going to charge me 300 quid...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetTriple View Post
    I would love to get some of this kit and have a go but m car isn't that bad so i would fear that I would make it worse while practicing!!!
    I suppose I could practice on the wife's car...............hmmmm!!

    To be honest I'm not going to cough up that sort of cash for a polisher without having the gonads to try it on my baby!!!
    Anyway thanks for your comments and suggestions!!

    Anybody on here had a professional paint correction polish and if so how much did it cost???

    Perfect detailing ball park figure for some of your jaw dropping work???
    Fair play mate, But to be honest, you literally cannot make it worse

    But obviously no-one can tell you how to spend your money...

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    Next daft question is how do you find a quality or reputable person to carry out this type of work?

    There are plenty of "valetors" who all claim to be experts in paint refurbishment, but is there a web site or an association where decent repuitable company's are listed, so you can find one in your area?

    Im in the Glasgow area if anybody can recommend someone??
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