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Old 03-21-2014, 10:00 AM
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Spring Cleaning

Hi Everyone,

I would like to spring clean my ride and would also like advice on how I can restore the finish. Below are 2 pictures that show how the light dances across the black paint, are these swirls? Could I use a wax to remove or is a polish needed?

Anything you can recommended is appreciated

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:10 PM
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I can't really see the pics on my screen, but I'm guessing you see some light scratching and swirl marks in your black paint?
Also, do you own a polisher or would you be doing the work by hand?
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:20 PM
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Yes especially when I look in the sun. The paint has a shimmer to it. Are those swirl marks? I'm not really sure. The other day I tried scratch x by hand but that didn't solve the problem. It seemed to have just shined the paint. What do u recommend?
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:03 PM
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Here are some night time shots to show what I can see in the sun on my paint. Can anyone suggest what they are and how it can be repaired?
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:45 AM
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Looks like you have some pretty bad holograms/marring going on there. Something you should let a professional handle it. Where in Canada are you? I might be able to recommend someone to help out.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:48 AM
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Oh that would be great! How does that happen? I am in Toronto!
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:57 AM
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Here are three detailers that can help you out with paint correction:
http://getdetailed.ca
http://www.gtaindetail.com
http://concourstouch.com

Hope this info helps!
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:05 PM
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Yes, more holograms than swirls. These are easily removed by an amateur, but you need an arsenal of an orbital buffer, polish, pads, and microfibers to take care of it. Will cost you about $400 to buy all the stuff you need to do it yourself, or you can have a pro handle it. If the former, you can take care of future problems down the road, plus you do some hard work. If the latter, it will be quick and easy, you just write a check. Good arguments to be made either way, your choice.
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mattzarr I only trust @You Car's Service in First Canadian Place.They just finished up work on my CPO 550iX and it looks amazing. On any given day, they are working on BMW, Audi, Ferrari and Lambo's. Talk to the owner, Frank and they will make it look mint. I have been going there for 15 years and they look after every BMW i have had.
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