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Old 05-01-2013, 08:28 PM
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Yes swirl marks can be removed. This is my third black car. Mine is carbon black as well. Swirl marks and scratches can be polished out. Polishing removes swirls by removing a very thin layer of clear coat or paint. It's not as bad as it sounds especially since your car is new with several mils of paint thickness. Still, I polish my cars only once annually so as not to remove too much over time. I wax twice a year in between. I bought an orbital polisher that I use on my cars and will eventually use on my X3 as well once it collects a sufficient number of swirl marks to justify using. My advice:

1) Always tell the dealer to leave your car dirty. They should stay as far away from washing your car as you can keep them. They hire guys for small wages and they have multiple cars to rush through. Expect scratches and swirls from them. Better to let service fix your car then you wash it yourself.

2) Live with the swirl mark for now. Unfortunately you'll pick up a few more unless you keep your X3 in a bubble. Even when you carefully wash and wax the car you'll pick up a few. Wait until you have more than you can stand seeing, then polish. Just one or two marks, just change your perspective and you'll sleep better.

Take a look at this example of swirl removal. Unfortunately the original photos that showed the result of polishing are no longer hosted but post #40 photos are still there and it shows what is possible.

There is another good thread on the M5 board on how to detail a car (if you want to spend a day or so). Let me know if you have any interest seeing it and I'll provide the link.
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