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    4WD,

    I'm glad to hear you got a good result from the products , and fair play, detailing an X5 by hand... Must have taken alot of effort, these buggers are hard enough with a machine!

    But from the looks of things you got a nice finish which is all that matters really! Lovely X5 by the way!

    Well you best bet for stone chips is to go to your dealership, get a proper stone chip filler stick as only dealers and paint specialists will stock a proper colour matched one.

    However this is where it gets scary, as you will need to clean and prep the stone chip, generally by touching it with a high grit grade sand paper such as 1200grit.

    Once this is done, apply a very light dab of touch up paint so that it sits almost flush with the rest of the paintwork but very slightly raised if you get me. Allow this to harden/cure for about 24-48 hours.

    Once the paint has cured enough, using a fine grade of sandpaper soaked in slightly soapy water rub down the bump to the same level as the rest of the paintwork, this is much easier to get to this level than you would think and you must be extremely careful not to touch the topcoat too much on the surrounding paintwork, though you will need to give it a few swipes to ensure proper blending. Once the paint is "flatted" another piece of finer grit sandpaper (about 2000-2500 grit should be used to finish up the area).
    Once the scary part is over, a harsh cutting compound should be used (ideally on a DA polisher) to remove all the marks from sanding & finally a finishing compound to remove the hazing from the harsh compound and then obviously protect the paintwork as usual.

    ^ See easy, but scary! Especially the first time. It would be well worth practicing on an old panel or something as you will not want to ruin the finish on your X5. This is the way I do it, but others will slightly differ.

    Try this place: http://www.detailingworld.co.uk


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    It may be big but I have a get out. Panoramic sunroof means I've a good bit of roof that doesn't need to be done!! That does indeed sound scarey so I think I'll save up some pennies and get somebody else in to do it for me!!!

    To get the finish in the pic was a wash with washing up liquid then clayed with the DJ bar, rewashed again and then panel at a time with the Lime Prime. I do have a machine but its an old random rotary but it does save a bit of time taking of the Lime Prime as it can be a bit of a bugger to take off. The DJ Hard Candy is all hand done though. Didn't have time that day for a second coat though. It was threatening rain and didn't want to chance starting it. The plastic trim is all done with Meguiars Plastic and Rubber Detailer but it marks VERY easily. Especially if you're over exhuberant with the Red Mist!! Tyre walls get done with it too after washing if I've time.

    Wash it once a week with Sour Power and then top up with DJ Red Mist. Its also good for the outside of the side windows and the mirrors. Keeps the rain off quite well.

    It takes about 3 or 4 hours just to wash, rinse dry and Red mist it though.

    Your own motor looks incredibly clean though mate. Fancy popping up and trying the X5??

    Cheers for the advice

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    Haha, thats a cheeky get-out... Though I must admit, I also use that to my advantage when cleaning the mothers E53....

    Yes the rain is a pest for any detailers! One of the most annoying things that could exist actually, though the sun is just as much of a pest when you want to give the car a quick wash (well I say quick, but normally about 4-5 hours ...) as it tries to dry the car while your still washing it, and if it dries it will leave water spotting!

    I've not got round to trying the dodojuice red mist stuff yet, is it good as a mate of mine rates it to the ground, but I've never tried it... I may have to give it a go!

    Thanks bud, well usually I would happily travel to help another member, BUT DAMN! That would be more a case of pack my suitcase! But that was after a 22odd hour stint, just cleaning/detailing, admittedly the only car I've ever detailed that took longer was a RR Supercharged, and by the time I finished Life didn't seem worth living! It was black too :(

    , no worries...

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    The Red Mist takes off any water spots that get left behind too. I love it for topping up the polish every week without too much hassle. The water still beads up lovely and its nearly 4 or 5 weeks since I did it. Pull out the driveway and the water just streams of the bonnet and roof!!! Don't worry about travelling up here!! Im in Milton Keynes for just over a week in July so you can do it then.............................
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    Oh and my old RRS after i'd given it a quick once over.
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    Haha, nice one 4WD! I'm definitely ordering some in a minute

    And mate, feel free when you come down, and well give her a good spin-up til she gleams

    Nice RR, and i'm glad someone knows how to look after it, the one I detailed was a state, and as you would know, they are a PITFA to clean!

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    That was before it went to the dealers for the 3rd and final time with terminal air suspension problems. It never came back!! It wasn't clayed. Just a Lime prime and a couple od coats of hard candy on top. Hadn't had a chance to try out the clay on Mums car at that point so wasn't going to try it on a new RRS till I'd had some practice!!

    I'm down in MK for 8 days the last week or so of July with the caravan. Annual hols with SWMBO and the kids!! I'll send them into Gullivers World for the day!! You SURE you know what you're letting yourself in for with the X5??

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    Hmm, thats not too good, what a let down for an otherwise nice car . always the way, gotta ruin someone elses car to make sure your's looks good

    SWMBO? Whats that? "some woman my boss oggles"? And yes, I know their a B******! Mother has the e53, what a nightmare, funny though... A friend of mine watched me detail the X5 and couldn't stop laughing at my frustration! Brilliant mate ay?

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    SWMBO! She Who Must Be Obeyed!!! Cant remember which tv programme it used to be on. I think it The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. His boss used to call his Missus that IIRC.
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