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    The paintwork is looking a bit dull on my E46, its oriental blue.

    Any tips for restoring it to its former glory, maybe somewhere close to showroom condition again?
    I must admit I haven't waxed it myself as yet so if it does come down to some elbow grease any recommendations for wax/polish?

    Also there is 3 gull splats on the bonnet which I can't seem to shift. They were on there prior to buying the car and are at that transluscent, sunk in, stage any pro's on here regarding bird poo removal?
     
     

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    Give it a damn good wash, get a chamois leather cloth, get some wax in the exact colour from a dealer or auto store, and give it a couple of coats of that, it will look loads better and won't cost too much either
     
     

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    Might be worth getting a professional valet done and asking them advice about restoration (after they have cleaned it) and how to remove the prolonged bird poo effectively....

    Some good car valeters will shine it out for you.... Just a thought....

    But ditto what Joe says, get some elbow grease into that area and give the car the best clean you can... Red
     
     

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    Thanks for the reply's, got to admit everytime I choose a day to get out there, its always the one with the snow storm or hurricane. God I love the weather in this country!

    Do any of you guys rate these protective treatments around that are supposed to last a couple of years?
     
     

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    if the bird droppings have etched the paint then this more then likely will require machine polishing out..

    If you want the best results you could always get a pro in to do this

    as for the protective treatments that last for years (autoglym lifeshine, supaguard, diamondbrite) they need topping up just like any wax or sealant would..only decent one would be Gtechiq C1 application which easily give you a several years of protection without needing to be topped up
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    As Jay has put above, the bird limes will need wet flattening and polishing out if etched in to the clearcoat, 100% removal isn't guaranteed if they have been there a while, but can certainly be reduced.

    The dealer supplied sealants aren't worth the money, durability is only that of a decent wax or sealant from a supplier, years of protection is all marketing that dealer would lead you to believe.
    G-techniq and Nanolex are about the best on the market at the moment, but are for professional application only, due to the nature of the application.

    Currently trialing Nanolex sealants at the moment as well as a few of the other Pro's on the forum, will do an update on the performance in the next week or so when the trial vehicle is back in my possesion.
     
     

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