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      12-13-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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Drives: '09 E92
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto

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Detail or New Clearcoat?

Noob questions, so apologies in advance:

My car is a 2009 E92 in Azurite Black. CPO that was very well taken care of by the previous owner. The paint is in good condition, but it obviously needs a good detail. I've taken to a reputed detailer and was quoted for a multi-step compounding to get the swirls and light scratches out of the paint. Fortunately there's nothing major, but it does require that one good detailing job.

I also have a friend who works at a bodyshop that deals with high end vehicles and he said he could get my car in to have the clearcoat reapplied, applying a thicker layer of clear coat to the car to help protect against possible deep scratches and give that mirror like glossy look. Of course the quality of the finish would matter after the clearcoat applied.

My questions are: what are the pros and cons of both? How much of the clearcoat would be removed through a detail? Would one yield a better results over the other?
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