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      08-23-2012, 01:40 PM   #1673
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Greg, thanks for the reply. I ended up getting the PC 7424XP and the Meguiars Microfiber kit. I am really impressed with how well this kit worked!
Great selection and I'm thrilled to hear the DI Packages Porter Cable 7424XP & Meguiar's DA Microfiber Correction Kit worked out so well for you. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or check out our Ask a Pro Blog which has four different articles on this topic!

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The interior plastics/vinyl and leather is showing its age. What do you recommend I use to clean he polish these materials? I need a really good professional cleaner for my beige colored plastic and vinyl trims.
For leather, leatherette, vinyl and porous plastic surfaces I like to use the Leatherique Rejuvenator. This product is most known for treating seats but I've used it on the dashboard, doors, etc. It helps those surface not look and feel so dry. It will also simultaneously clean the surface and help the surface look more like new again. I would apply it with a terry cloth applicator or soft cloth. Let it sit for at least 15+ minutes and up to a few hours and then re-wipe the area with a clean microfiber towel. Sometimes if the towel is just ever so slightly damp it's a big help removing any excess product and contaminants on the surface.

If you have hard plastic surfaces or coated surfaces you can clean and protect them with the Einszett 1Z Cockpit Premium. This is a great interior cleaner and protectant I use all over.

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What's your thought of Adams porter cable7424xp kit with swirl
Removal, polish and wax. (the 3 step kit ) comes with clay too. My car is a 09 jet black 335 with some swirls. Thanks
The Porter Cable 7424XP Random Orbital Buffer is a great tool I use and highly recommend to others. Clay is pretty generic so I assume that should work fine. As for the Adam's polishes I honestly can't say because I haven't used them. My concern is I don't see/hear of a lot of pro's and elite detailers I know using those polishes. My guess is that a combination like the Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish M205 and Meguiar's Ultra-Cut Compound M105 performs better and may be more cost effective too. Sorry I don't have more specifics for you!

If interested in learning more about the M105 and M205 combo check out these articles:
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We have a nice package deal here DI Packages PC 7424XP with M105, M205 and 5.5" pads or the very cost effective DI Packages Porter Cable 7424XP, Meguiar's Polishes and Hydro Pads Basic Kit. We also have a good clay bar and lube it here DI Packages DI Gentle Fine Grade Clay Bar 100g & Clay Lube. Lastly we offer free shipping on all orders over $149 with the coupon code DIFREE.

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I understand so many choices can make it hard. In general I would suggest you pick up the DI Packages Porter Cable 7424XP 5.5" Starter Kit, and you can select any combination of pads you prefer by adding a comment in the comment field.

As for products if you just want to use a very light polish try the Menzerna Super Finish Polish SF 4000 (PO106FA Nano Polish) is a great choice applied with at least two white pads. This will help safely remove very fine imperfections, oxidation, etc. and restore a great shine. Afterward you can protect the surface and enhance the shine with a quality sealant. The Menzerna Power Lock Polymer Sealant is one of my favorite choices and can be applied with the blue pad.

I hand remove both of these products with clean DI Microfiber All Purpose Towel, probably at least 2 - 3 to remove the polish and 1 - 2 for the sealant. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help.

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Dave,

Unfortunately the very inexpensive units are usually not worth it because they don't have enough power to work in a polish and the pad/bonnets are not great for the paint. For a high quality buffer that is reasonably affordable the Porter Cable 7424 XP is a great choice, in a kit like this one DI Packages Porter Cable 7424XP 4" Basic Kit.

If you have the time for a two step process I'd highly recommend getting a polish and sealant instead of a cleaner wax and a sealer wax, which would be somewhat redundant. By using a light polish like the Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish M205 you can clean the surface and remove some of the ultra fine swirls and oxidation. I would apply this with at least two white pads and then pick up one blue pad for the sealant. My favorite sealant is the Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection but the Rejex Sealant will also work great. This combo should produce an incredible shine and protect the surface for months. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help.

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Glad to hear the detailing went well! In 2 - 3 weeks you'll have plenty of protection left on the surface so you don't have to do anything. Obviously a nice wash will help clean the surface and you can add that freshly detailed appearance with a quick coat of wax or a spray on product. The Chemical Guys HYBRID V7 - Optical Select High Gloss Spray Sealant is very popular for this task as it adds protection and a noticeable shine. With about 15 - 20 minutes the whole car should look like it was freshly detailed. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help.

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Greg, I bought (from you) and had professionally applied (ImageAutoNY in Syracuse - did a great job) the Opti Coat based on another thread....from reading it seems like the sealant recommendations are all over the map? Can you briefly elaborate?
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Greg, I bought (from you) and had professionally applied (ImageAutoNY in Syracuse - did a great job) the Opti Coat based on another thread....from reading it seems like the sealant recommendations are all over the map? Can you briefly elaborate?
Thank you for the purchase, glad to hear the Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 Permanent Paint Coating is protecting your paint. This type of product is in a category by itself above traditional sealants. This stuff is basically semi-permanent and should last two years plus.

Other sealants like the BFWD and PowerLock are great picks for about 4 - 6 months and they are two of my favorites. These are great for most detailers and doesn't require such an in depth application and prep that Opti-Coat requires. Chemical Guys HYBRID V7 - Optical Select High Gloss Spray Sealant is a great spray on sealant that is less durable than all of these but works great.

Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help.

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Hi Greg,

I just placed a large order from you (at least for me) of some Menzerna polishes, CG glaze, BFWD sealant, and CG Pete's wax along with a few other things. Several years ago I purchased the Flex kit from you with several pads and pad cleaners. I forgot to order more pad cleaners! Is there anything that I can use as a one time substitute to safely and effectively clean the pads? Thanks again for all the help!
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Hi, I've been using this product with great success so far,

http://www.poorboysworld.com/poorboys-polish-blue.htm

However, my local detailer in the UK has said that this product does not really get rid of scratches and bird marks, etc. It just masks them by using a filler.

Is this correct?

If so, could you recommend me an alternative to try that is as easy to apply and remove?

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Hi Greg,

I just placed a large order from you (at least for me) of some Menzerna polishes, CG glaze, BFWD sealant, and CG Pete's wax along with a few other things. Several years ago I purchased the Flex kit from you with several pads and pad cleaners. I forgot to order more pad cleaners! Is there anything that I can use as a one time substitute to safely and effectively clean the pads? Thanks again for all the help!
Thank you for the continued support of DI, it's sincerely appreciated! Yes you can use a light degreaser to clean the pads as well or even regular liquid soap but that may be less effective. The P21S Total Auto Wash is a great choice as it's a gentle cleaner that is pretty effective. If you have a traditional degreaser just dilute it a bit before using it. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help.

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Hi, I've been using this product with great success so far,

http://www.poorboysworld.com/poorboys-polish-blue.htm

However, my local detailer in the UK has said that this product does not really get rid of scratches and bird marks, etc. It just masks them by using a filler.

Is this correct?

If so, could you recommend me an alternative to try that is as easy to apply and remove?

Many thanks,

Andy R
Andy,

That polish with wax is non-abrasive so it can only help clean the surface, in general it will not remove the etchings from bird droppings, swirls, etc. If you'd like to remove the swirls before using this product I'd recommend a polish or combination of polishes like the PBW SSR 1 and SSR 2.5 or the Meguiar's M105 and M205. Two good combos for swirl removal that is not temporary and they don't hide imperfections.

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      08-30-2012, 11:27 AM   #1682
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Greg,

I ordered Menzerna Super Finish Polish SF 4000 (PO106FA) & Super Intensive Polish SI 1500. I have a jet black BMW with some bad swirls, minor scratches, and etching. I've been reading where the jet black is soft. Would using the Super Intensive Polish with an orange pad and the Super Finish with a white pad be too aggressive? Its been a few years since I've done this and it was last on an Atlanta Blue Z with no problems. This is my first time working on this car and it doesn't look like its ever been worked on before. Thanks again!
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Another thing, and sorry for the multiple posts…using the Flex machine and the Super Intensive Polish with an orange pad and Super Finishing Polish and the White pad, what speed setting would you recommend? I'm afraid to crank it up at the risk of damaging anything.
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I ordered Menzerna Super Finish Polish SF 4000 (PO106FA) & Super Intensive Polish SI 1500. I have a jet black BMW with some bad swirls, minor scratches, and etching. I've been reading where the jet black is soft. Would using the Super Intensive Polish with an orange pad and the Super Finish with a white pad be too aggressive? Its been a few years since I've done this and it was last on an Atlanta Blue Z with no problems. This is my first time working on this car and it doesn't look like its ever been worked on before. Thanks again!
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Another thing, and sorry for the multiple posts…using the Flex machine and the Super Intensive Polish with an orange pad and Super Finishing Polish and the White pad, what speed setting would you recommend? I'm afraid to crank it up at the risk of damaging anything.
You can use the SI1500 on your paint, but I'd probably go down in the pads just a little bit. For the Jet Black BMW paint I would recommend the green/pink pads with the SI1500, follow that up with the SF4000 and a black pad. This combo would be less likely to cause hazing and leave the finish with more shine! As always when testing new combos do them on a small section first to ensure you are satisfied before doing the whole vehicle.

For the Flex start off polishing around speed 3 - 4 and move up only if needed. Again test the speeds on one area and ensure you like the results. Good luck and thank you for the purchase!

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Hi Greg,
Wondering if you can share your thoughts. I have a black sapphire 135i and have cleaned up the paint using menzerna 2500 on orange and SF4000 on white and then sealed. All swirls are gone and the finish looks great however there are a couple of RIDS that I can't seem to get out. They are only visible under certain light etc but they are annoying me. What do you recommend on getting them out.
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Hi Greg,
Wondering if you can share your thoughts. I have a black sapphire 135i and have cleaned up the paint using menzerna 2500 on orange and SF4000 on white and then sealed. All swirls are gone and the finish looks great however there are a couple of RIDS that I can't seem to get out. They are only visible under certain light etc but they are annoying me. What do you recommend on getting them out.
Cheers Harry
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Glad to hear overall the detailing went well. You certainly can remove those deeper imperfections in most instances however it may not be worth the time and effort though. This is particularly true with many of the black BMW's because it seems to be such a difficult finish to work with for those who want perfection. To remove them you'd need to use a more aggressive combo which creates more haze which can be challenging to remove. You could try using the SF 2500 with purple foamed wool pad or a surbuf pad but you'll need to follow that up with SF 2500 (orange pad) and then the SF 4000 and a white or black pad. If the SF 2500 is not enough then I'd suggest the M105 with an orange pad or you could go all the way up to the Surbuf R Series MicroFingers Buffing Pads. This would help get rid of the majority of the fine imperfections, if they are any deeper a rotary polishing or a light wet sand would probably be the next step. Again my concern is with the black BMW paint it's generally harder to remove haze left over from these more aggressive steps. If you do try any of these please make sure you use them on a small section first before doing the whole vehicle. Good luck!

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Turns out I dont have the green/pink pad. So for the Intensive Polish it looks like it's between the Orange and White Lake Country pads. Anyone know which I should go for?
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Thanks Greg, I will start with the purple pad with 2500 and see how that goes before going to the more aggressive combo.
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Turns out I dont have the green/pink pad. So for the Intensive Polish it looks like it's between the Orange and White Lake Country pads. Anyone know which I should go for?
If you want to be conservative go with the white pad, it's less likely to leave haze behind. If you're really set on removing as many swirls as possible then I'd go with the orange pad. If you had white paint I'd say definitely go with the orange pad but again the Black BMW paint makes it a tougher call. You could also test both options instead of just one to see what you like best.

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Thanks Greg, I will start with the purple pad with 2500 and see how that goes before going to the more aggressive combo.
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Sounds good and good luck to you!

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If you want to be conservative go with the white pad, it's less likely to leave haze behind. If you're really set on removing as many swirls as possible then I'd go with the orange pad. If you had white paint I'd say definitely go with the orange pad but again the Black BMW paint makes it a tougher call. You could also test both options instead of just one to see what you like best.

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Hey Greg,

I'm not sure if you guys offer anything like this, but I'm in the powersports industry, and my company sells a product from Liquid Performance called "Top Kote" finishing spray.

The bugs down here in FL can be crazy, and I'm looking for something I can put on the front of my car to help make cleanup easier. It's a silicone based product that you apply after you have washed your car, and makes the surface a little more slick (and thus harder for the bugs to stick to)

What do you think?

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Greg....as you may remember, I had opticoat applied professionally about two months ago...this was immediately prior to putting my car in long term outdoor storage, with the BMW Outdoor Car Cover
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As you can see there is marring on the trunk lip from motion of the cover in the wind...

1) Would you expect that this is in the opticoat or has it rubbed into the clearcoat

2) is that repairable

I have again put the cover on the car, this time using painters tape on that lip. Incidentally I noticed that there is an even softer felt in the area of the sharkfin antenna due to the increased friction there, but nothing for the trunk lip.

Am I doing the best I can for long term storage ( I travel frequently due to my occupation)?


Finally:

With the opticoat being a 2 year application, what do you recommend for inbetween jobs? I like to have the car professionally detailed about 2x a year. Once in the spring, and once before the Syracuse snow& salt season.

Would you recommend one of the "normal" synthetic paint sealants on top of the opticoat or just a normal wax?

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Hey Greg,

I'm not sure if you guys offer anything like this, but I'm in the powersports industry, and my company sells a product from Liquid Performance called "Top Kote" finishing spray.

The bugs down here in FL can be crazy, and I'm looking for something I can put on the front of my car to help make cleanup easier. It's a silicone based product that you apply after you have washed your car, and makes the surface a little more slick (and thus harder for the bugs to stick to)

What do you think?

-Dave
Dave,

I've not heard of this product or tried something similar so I can't really say how effective it is. We don't carry anything silicone based you put on to help with bug clean ups. Many variations of silicone were actually bad for the paint so the majority of mfgs have stopped using it on the paint, trim, etc. It's certainly possible a different formulation has proven to be more effective and safe but I'm a bit skeptical until I hear/see more. In general I've used products like the Chemical Guys Bug Bugger & Tar Remover to help clean them up and a traditional sealant and wax for protection. Keep us posted if you have more info and pictures of results.

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