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    I have a 2002 BMW 3 Series in Met Grey (Saloon).

    Am new to detailing and have been browsing on this site for info.

    After washing and claying am not sure which products i should use next.

    I am thinking,

    1. Meguiars Ultimate Compound (for getting rid of swirl marks/scratches etc)

    2. Meguiars Ultimate Polish (polishing)

    3. Collinite 476 (wax to finish)


    I will be using a Silverline Silver Storm Rotary Polisher.

    How long would it take me to polish 1 coat on the car?


    I haven't bought any products yet so was looking for deals, perhaps that came with the polisher or the Halfords 3 for 2.

    Also which Pads will i need for the polisher.

    CYC do a deal on polisher packages but i don't know if am better off buying separates of the package.


    Would be interested in your comments and perhaps any other brands you can suggest that are around £10-£15.
     
     

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    I wouldn't use a compound to be honest, get something like chemical guys glossworks glaze instead

    The steps after washing and claying would be as follows:

    1: A polish with Autoglym SRP or similar
    2:a treatment of glossworks glaze to remove marring and swirls etc
    3: apply your wax
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    Depends if you are aiming to fully "correct" the paint, or just want to add gloss.

    I have no personal experience with the retail meguires polishes, but you need to be carefull with any compound unless you have a paint thickness gauge to see how much clearcote you are removing.

    If you are new to machine polishing i would just get a light polish and soft finishing pads and see how you go, maybe hitting the same area 2-3 times if correction is not acheived. You should be working areas 12" square expanding to 18" as you work the polish in, and working the polish until it goes clear and seems to be disappearing which is usually a good 3-4 minutes at least. It takes me a good 5hrs solid machining to get round a car of average size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GavGTD View Post
    Depends if you are aiming to fully "correct" the paint, or just want to add gloss.

    I have no personal experience with the retail meguires polishes, but you need to be carefull with any compound unless you have a paint thickness gauge to see how much clearcote you are removing.

    If you are new to machine polishing i would just get a light polish and soft finishing pads and see how you go, maybe hitting the same area 2-3 times if correction is not acheived. You should be working areas 12" square expanding to 18" as you work the polish in, and working the polish until it goes clear and seems to be disappearing which is usually a good 3-4 minutes at least. It takes me a good 5hrs solid machining to get round a car of average size.

    Gav

    So would i be better off skipping the 'correction' part and going straight for polishing and waxing on my 1st attempt ?

    Can you reccomend a good light polish ?

    Am going to buy a Silverline Storm polisher, not sure if i should get standlone at £45 or a kit from CYC
     
     

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    Have a word with the forum vendor autobrite mate they'll sort you out
     
     

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    So was I; that's why I switched to English products only.

    I'll get my coat!
     
     

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    I had alot of swirl marks all over my car so i used Meguiars Ultimate Compound using a buffer then used Meguiars Tech wax and got perfect results with no swirl marks! I wouldnt use the Ultimate Compound again if i can help it, im not sure how much clear coat it actually takes off.
     
     

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    assuming you wanted to remove swirls and other defects, i would wash then clay, then:

    do a pass with the machine with this: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_574.html using this pad: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_684.html

    then a pass with this: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_218.html using this pad: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_686.html

    then you would want to quickly wash the car again to remove any polish residue,

    you could apply a glaze now if you wanted to or go straigh on to the waxing with you colli, i would use this pad to apply the colli:http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_688.html and a good mf to buff it off with

    realstically to do it properly and get the results you deserve and expect you would be looking at over 15 hours from first wash to buffing out the wax espically as its your first attempt
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam1832 View Post
    assuming you wanted to remove swirls and other defects, i would wash then clay, then:

    do a pass with the machine with this: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_574.html using this pad: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_684.html

    then a pass with this: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_218.html using this pad: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_686.html

    then you would want to quickly wash the car again to remove any polish residue,

    you could apply a glaze now if you wanted to or go straigh on to the waxing with you colli, i would use this pad to apply the colli:http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_688.html and a good mf to buff it off with

    realstically to do it properly and get the results you deserve and expect you would be looking at over 15 hours from first wash to buffing out the wax espically as its your first attempt
    Sounds like the way to go but am thinking just buying a good all in polish or just doing Merzena 85rd then wax to see how i get on then buying 203s if i need it ?


    Also how do i fit in 15hrs of work into 1 day. i live in a built up area with street parking. The car will get dirty if i split the work into 2 days. I need some sort of time management.
     
     

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    you can easily do it over two days, just start the seccond day by rinsing and drying your car before you start polishing again,

    even if the car is garged over night i would wash it the next day

    Dont really see the point in using an all in one with a rotary, with a DA good idea. but as you have a rotary i would go for a cutting polish then a finsihing polish
     
     

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