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      05-06-2008, 12:36 PM   #23
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I can conf that this col does seem to scratch easily.

I have quite a few "swirl" marks on mine.

What's the best way to get rid of them? Will they polish out?

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PS. Excellent col/wheel combo there
The only way I've been able to keep mine looking decent is to machine polish with a finishing polish every 2-3 months or so. yes that will remove the swirls but I haven't found a way of washing without causing more swirling, and yes I pre foam and use the double bucket method......
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The only way I've been able to keep mine looking decent is to machine polish with a finishing polish every 2-3 months or so. yes that will remove the swirls but I haven't found a way of washing without causing more swirling, and yes I pre foam and use the double bucket method......
Will that not in the long term damage the paintwork anyway mate?
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Doesn't washing the paintwork using a 'mit' and 'rotating said mit' as opposed to a sponge greatly reduce or stop swirl marks?
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Will that not in the long term damage the paintwork anyway mate?
as long as you don't go mad with the coarseness of the pad and stick to a fine finishing polish you should be OK. It's when you start using a really abrasive combination frequently that you can progressively wear down the clearcoat.......
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Doesn't washing the paintwork using a 'mit' and 'rotating said mit' as opposed to a sponge greatly reduce or stop swirl marks?
using a mitt is generally safer than a sponge that can drag grit around the surface. however, if your pre wash stage is good all that should be left is a mild traffic film. I do use a sponge, albeit a z y m o l sponge but only dab it across the surface to absorb the grime. In this way I never wipe anything across the surface so minimise the chance of causing swirling. It is however quite nerdy so you take your choices......
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I found the LeMans an absolute mare to just keep clean, it smeared like no other car I have owned, and showed up the dust just as badly as black.

So nice to be back in a silver car after having so many dark ones.

I love LeMans on an overcast day though.....


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You think Le-mans is bad, Monaco is much worse, dust settles right away!!
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Try Sapphire Black mate!

I machine polished mine last weekend and removed all the swirl marks. The car looked fantastic. Unfortunately I had no time to take pictures. Overnight (and thanks to the building work going on in the area) I had a lovely brown film deposited on it with the rain. So now it looks shiney with a frosted coating!
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I used to get the dust off by a spirited drive normally did the trick, I am suprised that thier is dust on the DBX
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I have owned loads of dark blue cars and black including the 120d in sapphire and the 535d in Carbon, but the LeMans was far harder to keep looking good for some reason??
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Try Sapphire Black mate!

I machine polished mine last weekend and removed all the swirl marks. The car looked fantastic. Unfortunately I had no time to take pictures. Overnight (and thanks to the building work going on in the area) I had a lovely brown film deposited on it with the rain. So now it looks shiney with a frosted coating!
There are lots of posts on detailingworld about dusty rain this weekend - mine was out for minutes, a few spits of rain and it was covered. First time I'd washed it for a month Mind you it only goes out at weekends mostly.

I am going to get a polishing machine, I've got the PTG and all the cars I'm likely to polish have decent paint thickness (Honda was quite low though).
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Le Mans and polish go well.

Roofer nice 1 series is it a 130i and is it yours??
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