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Swirl marks etc

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by pbarlow0032, Jan 2, 2013.

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    Hi All,
    i bought a Moro Blue B6 Cab a couple of months ago, and I am ashamed to say that I gave it its first wash yesterday. I did this using 2 buckets, microfibre wash mitt and then finished with a chamois. Today I've noticed light scratches and swirl marks all over the car, including some more significant scrapes in places. I'm pretty sure I haven't caused the bulk of the swirls ( looks like someone's slung a gritty cloth around it every week since it was built) but I am wondering how best to get rid of them?

    i've seen various comments on here about using DA machines, but the cheapest kit I can find on eBay is about £130. If that's what it will take to sort it, then that's what I'll do, but my question is, can this be rectified by hand using polishing pads and cutting compounds/polishes, or would it take me forever and a day? Realistically I would need to do every panel on the car!

    Does anywhere rent out Da machines? Would a DA machine do the trick, or would it need to be a professional rotary polisher? I tried to take a photo of an example of the swirls/scratches but the iPhone wouldn't pick and of the detail up.

    Thanks for any help,
    Paul
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    s3clarke Money grabbing s3!

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    you can find polishers that will do cash in hand jobs, I know of 2 that have both quoted me £50 to do my whole car once the weather picks up. least I know they will do a professional job, with out me having to buy a polisher, and not getting the same results without a lot of practise. Then once its done maintain it with quality products.
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    Thanks S3clarke, that would be perfect if I could find someone! Anyone know one in the North East?
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    Ditch the chamois ! Buy a couple of microfibres drying towels instead.
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    Juicy Jen <span style="color: orange">Jen – Juicy Detailin Site Sponsor

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    I'm based in the North East, but I'm sorry the cost would definitly be more than £50 and I'd be skeptical of anybody that charges that little to let them loose on my own car.....
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    Hi juicy Jen, just realised you're literally 1 minute for where I live so I might just pop by at some point for a bit of advice on what I products I could use to get it looking good (if you can spare 5 minutes one day?). Didn't realise you did the detailing work also,just assumed you sold the products to do it!
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    Juicy Jen <span style="color: orange">Jen – Juicy Detailin Site Sponsor

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    By all means pop by but I'm not in everyday at the moment due to nearing the end of my pregnancy so it might be worth dropping me a pm before hand.

    I am returning to detailing work around end of March/early April which is a good time after winter to get the motors looking shiny again :)
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    s3clarke Money grabbing s3!

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    he works for bmw mini and it is his job, he does the £50 jobs on his pals cars. its not a quick job either, he spends hours on them. to a stranger I guess the price wouldn't be the same, but I only put it up as a suggestion that he may know somebody the same willing to do a cash on the side job.
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    Have you seen the state of most of the cars which leave main dealers though?

    When he's finished, do me a favour and give it a wipe down with some IPA and get a decent light on the paint panels - I would put money on the fact that they're probably glossier but still in a bit of a shocking state!

    It can't be compared to a properly refined 'detailed' finish.
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    Hi Paul

    Jen at Juicy Detailing is running an offer on the Dodo Juice DA polisher and pads at the moment for £100. I'm considering that one.
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    Jen, how much do you charge for your work? Can you PM me a price?
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    Hi schoey, thanks for the heads up, hadn't seen that! Is the dodo juice DA any good? anyone who owns one/tried one have any opinions? Think I will have to treat myself after pay day.....
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    I picked up a DA polisher and pads 18 months ago plus a panel pot of Dodo Juice purple haze. 7 hours later über shiny car minus lots of marks along various panels. Impressed myself to be honest.

    The key I think is to read up, take advice and go slow, it takes time to get an acceptable finish.
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    Oh and throw away the chamois leather ! Never let them near my paint lol.
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