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      02-10-2015, 03:55 AM   #1
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Best swirl remover for Alpine White paint?

Hi, I have been wondering what is the best method to get rid of the swirl marks on my Alpine White E90?

I have used Meguiars swirl remover which worked pretty well at removing swirl marks. But I can still see there are some left.

I have used the following products like 3 times in a year:

1. Meguiars Clay
2. Meguiars Swirl X
3. Meguiars Ultimate Polish
4. Meguiars White Wax
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All that stuff is garbage for real paint correction.

Menzerna SF4000
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If the polish isn't cutting enough bump up to either Menzerna FG400 or SI1500 with a lake country cyan hyrdrotech pad. FG400 is more aggressive than SI1500.
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Should I use finishing pad or polishing pad for SF4000?
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I've used Meg's Ultimate Compound for cutting before but 205 for polishing. Are you doing this by hand or you have a buffer? Menzerna FG400 would be another good option.
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I've used Meg's Ultimate Compound for cutting before but 205 for polishing. Are you doing this by hand or you have a buffer? Menzerna FG400 would be another good option.
Okay, I am using Meguiar's DA system
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The smart ass in me says,new paint....
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Should I use finishing pad or polishing pad for SF4000?
It depends on how aggressive the compound you used before it was and how well it finishes. Generally, a finishing pad should take out the micro marring from a compound with SF4000.
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It depends on how aggressive the compound you used before it was and how well it finishes. Generally, a finishing pad should take out the micro marring from a compound with SF4000.
Okay thanks I will try SF4000, I have got the Polish/Waxing pads for Meguiars DA system. Maybe their finishing pad black pad (wax pad) is the one to go with?

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...ng-power-pads/
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Okay thanks I will try SF4000, I have got the Polish/Waxing pads for Meguiars DA system. Maybe their finishing pad black pad (wax pad) is the one to go with?

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...ng-power-pads/
How swirled is your paint? The finishing pad with a polish like SF4000 won't really yield any results, especially on BMW white paint. I'd go with at least a polishing pad.

Another option if you don't want to go with a full compound and pad is to get something like Menzerna FG400 or Meguiars D300 and use it with a polishing pad (not wax) and see how that does. It won't have the harsh cut of a cutting pad but will have more bite than the polish/polishing pad.
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Okay thanks I will try SF4000, I have got the Polish/Waxing pads for Meguiars DA system. Maybe their finishing pad black pad (wax pad) is the one to go with?

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...ng-power-pads/
The SF4000 isn't going to remove many swirls. Its used to follow up a swirl remover/compound to bring out the gleam and make the paint clearer.
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I am running a random orbit from harbor freight and orange and white lake country pads with the Klasse AIO polish (it is not very aggressive). I got good results with minimal efforts and no prior experience with this material. It does not get perfect (I think the polishing compound and/or the orbital are not cutting enough for that), but it looks pretty darn good.
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Klasse AIO isn't going to remove a single swirl, it's a finishing/cleaning polish. I have that same HF RO buffer and LC orange/white pads. For minor corrections I normally use Meg's 205 on a white LC pad.
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FG400 with Yellow or Orange foam pad followed with SF4500 with Grey foam pad from Lake Country will give you good results
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Always take the least aggressive route first. I personally like Menzerna. But if you want to use meguiars, use the M105 and M205. Also, there are some good videos on youtube that will help you.
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you're going to have a tough time using any compound/polish with the meguiar's DA system to be honest. if you can, invest in the Rupes Big Foot with their pads and compounds/polishes. the system is color coded, so you match the pad to the colored cap of the compound/polish. i have been getting incredible results with that. from experience, their system beats the Flex with LC pads using menzerna fg400, 4000 and 4500.
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you're going to have a tough time using any compound/polish with the meguiar's DA system to be honest. if you can, invest in the Rupes Big Foot with their pads and compounds/polishes. the system is color coded, so you match the pad to the colored cap of the compound/polish. i have been getting incredible results with that. from experience, their system beats the Flex with LC pads using menzerna fg400, 4000 and 4500.
Yeah, you were right. I tried FG400 using my Bosch drill and the DA system, didn't work at all... What do you guys think about Autobrites DA21 polisher, could that one get the work done? The rupes is quite expensive so..

http://www.shopnshine.co.uk/autobrit...e-polisher-kit
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