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Old 05-04-2004, 05:01 PM
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Question Imola Red Swirls?

Until last week, we had a black 2000 528iT. It was gorgeous, but living hell to keep clean and swirl free.

After ordering an Imola Red ZHP, I am beginning to wonder if I'm in for the same living hell.

What's the skinny guys? How does the finish hold up? Does it show swirls? Is it hard to keep clean?

I LOVE Titanium Silver, but there are too many of them here in SoCal. I figured if I'm getting a ZHP, might as well go all out and get a brash red one.

Please tell me it's gonna be ok.... Please?
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Old 05-04-2004, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by kurichan
Until last week, we had a black 2000 528iT. It was gorgeous, but living hell to keep clean and swirl free.

After ordering an Imola Red ZHP, I am beginning to wonder if I'm in for the same living hell.

What's the skinny guys? How does the finish hold up? Does it show swirls? Is it hard to keep clean?

I LOVE Titanium Silver, but there are too many of them here in SoCal. I figured if I'm getting a ZHP, might as well go all out and get a brash red one.

Please tell me it's gonna be ok.... Please?
Any color will swirl over time but the red should hide it better than black (or Orient Blue for that matter). I suggest always hand wash, dry with a 100% cotton made in usa towel and use Zaino Bros. #5 wax at least four times a year.

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Old 05-04-2004, 07:29 PM
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Any color will swirl over time but the red should hide it better than black (or Orient Blue for that matter). I suggest always hand wash, dry with a 100% cotton made in usa towel and use Zaino Bros. #5 wax at least four times a year.

Ed
Anything is better than black, but red is actually a pretty dark color.

Any IR ZHP owners out there care to chime in?
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:54 PM
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Anything is better than black, but red is actually a pretty dark color.

Any IR ZHP owners out there care to chime in?

Up close and in the sun, you may see some swirls if you don't take care of it...


You may want to drop by roadfly.com's detailing forums or even their m3 board since those people know their stuff
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Old 05-04-2004, 10:21 PM
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My car was redelivered after ED with a bad case of the swirlmarks. I immediately buffed them out and waxed the car. Now I have noticed that they are beginning to show up again. I think that we as a group (BMW owners) are more sensitive to this issue. It is still not as bad a trying take care of my black VW Corrado.
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:09 PM
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Anything is better than black, but red is actually a pretty dark color.

Any IR ZHP owners out there care to chime in?
Call me crazy, but I actually think that black doesn't accentuate dirt as much as Orient Blue. See when you see a black bimmer that is dirty and dusty - it's obvious what the thing is.

But if you have mud marks or dirt on an Orient Blue bimmer, you'd swear some of them are "scratches"...not to mention how odd they look since OB totally changes color in the sunlight. My car has more swirl marks and scratches than 3 members' cars combined!

Sunlight really does many of these colors serious injustice.
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:24 PM
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I had a 98 M Roadster in Imola Red and i didn't find it showed swirl marks very much.Its certaintly not as forgiving as white or silver, but it is still fairly easy to deal with. If the Imola Red is you first choice ,i would say to go with it.I think the color looks perfect with the ZHP package,it is very sporty.
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:35 PM
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I zainoed mine a few weeks ago and presently it's free and clear of swirls. Much, much easier to maintain than my previous Jet Black.
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:40 PM
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My car was redelivered after ED with a bad case of the swirlmarks. I immediately buffed them out and waxed the car. Now I have noticed that they are beginning to show up again. I think that we as a group (BMW owners) are more sensitive to this issue. It is still not as bad a trying take care of my black VW Corrado.

Buff them by hand or with a Porter Cable?

Swirls appear from washing habits.. People swear by the two bucket method..
1 bucket to hold soap... second bucket for the rinse
dunk in soap, wash the car, rinse thoroughly in second, and repeat.. this way you dont reintroduce any contaminants back onto the paint as a result of particles grabbing your wash mitt.. assuming you are using a washing mitt

the popular solution now seems to be the porter cable and einzett polish bundle.. everything you need to buff out all those scratches and swirls
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:49 PM
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Swirls appear from washing habits.. People swear by the two bucket method..
1 bucket to hold soap... second bucket for the rinse
dunk in soap, wash the car, rinse thoroughly in second, and repeat.. this way you dont reintroduce any contaminants back onto the paint as a result of particles grabbing your wash mitt.. assuming you are using a washing mitt
As much as this is a common sense solution, it never dawned on me.

GREAT advice. Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2004, 10:37 AM
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at least 50% of the swirl can be avoided if you don't use the dealers courtesy car wash on each service.
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