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    Hey guys, last weekend I decided to be brave and carry out a detail on my black E46. I used a rotary polisher on it and while it was frightening I was pleased with the outcome. The neighbours must think I am nuts for being out in this weather working on a car but I am really glad I did. Thanks to all you guys for your advice and help.

    I posted a few pics below, let me know what you think. I did the following:

    1. Clay and Wash.
    2. Menzerna Intensive Polish.
    3. Menzerna Final Polish.
    4. Meguiars NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0.
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    That looks really nice mate. I have a preface and can only wish for reflections like that!
     
     

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    nice mate looks good, when i first used my polisher was i bit careful with it but i got to practice it on my mates car not mine
     
     

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    Very nice work
     
     

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    Top job,
    None of the ideas expressed above are actually mine. They are told to me by Luthor and Ferdinand, the five inch tall space aliens who live under my desk. In return for these ideas, I have given them permission to eat any dust bunnies they may find under there.
     
     

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    Good work there
     
     

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    Great pictures ..... so some help please

    I've just got a 1995 323i metallic black coupe and whilst overall in very good condition it suffers from some quite bad surface scratches ...

    Did yours ? and did you do a complete panel at a time or part ?

    I've got a dual action polisher coming and some consumables so will be having a go
     
     

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    brilliant work mate
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Revill View Post
    Great pictures ..... so some help please

    I've just got a 1995 323i metallic black coupe and whilst overall in very good condition it suffers from some quite bad surface scratches ...

    Did yours ? and did you do a complete panel at a time or part ?

    I've got a dual action polisher coming and some consumables so will be having a go

    The first thing I would advise before thinking of removing scratches is to read, read and read. With the help of these great guys on the forum they pointed me in the right direction and gave material to read.

    My car mainly had swirls, odd light scratches and two deep scratches that was quite annoying.

    I did one panel in 12"-18" portions. I knew from reading that light scratches can be removed and deep ones rounded or significantly reduce; like the two deep scratches. If the scratches on your car are very deep you will not be able to fully remove it. Your choice of compound and pads is also important.
     
     

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    I've been reading .... hopefully most will come out as they are more annoying than deep - and any improvement will be welcome.
     
     

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