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#1 (permalink) Old 06-06-2005, 02:53 AM
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Well, this morning I got up, and got to work. Washed, clay bared my car, waxed it 3 times, cleaned and conditioned the leather, and cleaned out the rims as best I could. The car looked PERFECT in the coudy sky, I could see the clouds on my paint and I could see the stubble on my face off my hood. So I get to work, and I walk by the front doors(I was parked right outside the front doors :wink ) and low and behold, SWIRL MARKS! They arent as bad as before(hadnt done very much to my car in the past 4 months, havent had money or time working 2 jobs and such) so now I need some advice. Do I keep waxing it, or do I need something special? Anything you guys can recommend would be great. Also, I need somethign to clean the carpeting, I noticed it is getting very dirty, and in a tan interior, thats a no no Thanks in advance guys
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Waxing it is just basically sealing in the swirl marks. If you really want to remove the swirl marks and not just hide them, You should polish your car with a nice polish. Sometimes it is just as easy to find a good detailer to remove the swirls for you and then you would only be responsible for maintaining the paints condition.

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I thought I used a detailer. I used that Mothers Clay bar kit thing. It comes with some showtime detailer and wax, I dont know how good those really are though. Anyway, do you recommend any good polishers then? and do I have to rewax my car after using one?
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Yes you have to wax after polishing. What I meant by detailer is a Professional person to come to your house to remove the swirls by machine.

I can recommend the Sonus SFX Polishes available at autopia.org, Poorboys SSR line available most anywhere on the web. There are plenty out there. If you really are serious about removing all the swirls yourself though, you are going to want to do it by machine. Read up a little on the forums at Autopia.org in the Autopia University or the How-To sections and you will learn a lot. Trust me, I did.

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What color car do you have?
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use a paint cleaner, like the P21S products, to completely strip your wax job down to the clearcoat. start anew.

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My car is black, I'm gonna look into that site MaThGr82 thanks Hopefully I can get these stupid swirl marks out, I cant stand them.
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My car is black, I'm gonna look into that site MaThGr82 thanks Hopefully I can get these stupid swirl marks out, I cant stand them.
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Good luck, black (Jet black, then carbon black) is the WORST color to get those "light' swirl scratches off of.
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If you do decide to polish it yourself, only apply the polish in a back-and-forth motion. DO NOT APPLY IT IN A CIRCULAR FASHION! that will only add more scratches. Back and forth will kill off the swirls. BTW, my last car was black... Pretty when it's clean, but a bitch to keep that way.

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Originally posted by Jrf786+Jun 6 2005, 12:53 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jrf786 @ Jun 6 2005, 12:53 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>Well, this morning I got up, and got to work. Washed, clay bared my car, waxed it 3 times, cleaned and conditioned the leather, and cleaned out the rims as best I could.
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You waxed it THREE times? I can't believe you were able to do all that in one day! I wouldn't use a machine unless I really knew what i was doing... those things probably contributed to the swirl marks you have now. There was just a post on here about Eagle wax doing really good and filling those swirl marks in.

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I need somethign to clean the carpeting, I noticed it is getting very dirty, and in a tan interior, thats a no no Thanks in advance guys
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I heard somewhere that you can actually pull up carpeting and clean it... but I don't know about BMW's. I'd just get a can of carpet cleaner and a scrub brush.. or a wetvac, depending on how dirty it is. There's protective stuff out there you can buy, as well... to keep it cleaner longer. OR, do as my dad does and make everyone remove their shoes before they're allowed inside.
(Just kidding, don't do that!)
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JRF...paint get any better?

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Originally posted by MaThGr82@Jun 6 2005, 08:21 AM
Yes you have to wax after polishing. What I meant by detailer is a Professional person to come to your house to remove the swirls by machine.

I can recommend the Sonus SFX Polishes available at autopia.org, Poorboys SSR line available most anywhere on the web. There are plenty out there. If you really are serious about removing all the swirls yourself though, you are going to want to do it by machine. Read up a little on the forums at Autopia.org in the Autopia University or the How-To sections and you will learn a lot. Trust me, I did.
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I'll second the Poorboys SSR line......

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JRF...paint get any better?
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No it's not actually. Things havent been too geat on the financial side of thigns lately. Hopefullly I can get it all sorted out within the month. I'm paying too much on the car monthly(20% interest is killing me) and now that my credit went from nothign to 654 I'm looking at refinancing it. But only after I get my raise in the next few weeks. After that I'm gonna look into getting it proffesionally detailed(most likely by that guy you posted up in the other thread, his work looks awesome) I havent had time to even do much else than sleep until recently either. I somehow managed 2 full time jobs and another part time for about 2 months. I was working like 100 hours a week. Quit one job this week. Ah well, hopefully I can figure out all the financial stuff and get my car detailed by next month. Keeping the car clean seems to take a lot of money, but it's so worth it.
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It takes a little bit of money up front, but then after that it is just maintaining the finish. Best of luck to you on the paint.

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