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      10-09-2019, 02:09 PM   #1
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If you were to start all over again knowing what you know now...

What tools, products, etc would you purchase?

I recently bought a Jet Black bimmer that has minimal swirling and paint imperfections but I am hoping to get ahead of it before it gets worse. I am comfortable applying waxes, I've done my fair share of clay-barring but haven't ventured into the orbital buffer realm yet but am very interested in learning.

I am looking for suggestions on good value tools, products that have worked well for Jet Black paint specifically and anything else you've learned along the way and wouldn't mind sharing!

Thanks and happy motoring!
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I would start with a Griotís Garage DA polisher. Donít get the Porter-Cable 7424XP because itís not as powerful and it vibrates harder which is tough for extended polishing. GG has lifetime warranty too, so you canít go wrong with that.
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I got a cheapo Prisa polisher but I think I should've gotten the Griot DA as well.
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I would second the Griots Garage specifically for the lifetime warranty. I went with the Porter Cable 7346 (not the famed 7424) and while it's performed well, I'd prefer a longer warranty. I've heard good things about the Rupes and similar polishers, but all seem to have only a 1-2 year warranty. You can get basically any pad for whatever polisher you land on as well.

As for products, I've always just used M105/205 but want to try out others once I'm out of the Meguiars.
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I have GG da and as an entry level -> moderate detailer it will work for ~95% of people.

I however got into it hard, would maybe have liked the TorqFX instead b/c I use mostly CG products. I say this because you can change the backing plates out easily and CG hexlogic pads are really nice. EXCEPT for actual compound and polish, I recommend Meguires M105/205 combo for BMW black. Quality drying towels will save you, along with mf towels (I like the happy endings ). Wash them properly! separate in hot water with mf wash only. Low heat dry.

After that just comes down to experience and how many times you've before you get your process down and save time.
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I would start with a Griotís Garage DA polisher. Donít get the Porter-Cable 7424XP because itís not as powerful and it vibrates harder which is tough for extended polishing. GG has lifetime warranty too, so you canít go wrong with that.
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What tools, products, etc would you purchase?

I recently bought a Jet Black bimmer that has minimal swirling and paint imperfections but I am hoping to get ahead of it before it gets worse. I am comfortable applying waxes, I've done my fair share of clay-barring but haven't ventured into the orbital buffer realm yet but am very interested in learning.

I am looking for suggestions on good value tools, products that have worked well for Jet Black paint specifically and anything else you've learned along the way and wouldn't mind sharing!

Thanks and happy motoring!
1. WASH.
2 CLAY
3. IRONX
4. WASH
5. DRY
6. Compund
7. POLISH, I prefer carpro essence with thier polishing pad
8. IPA wipe entire car including glass
9. apply ceramic coating, best combo is Gtechniq CSL and Exo V4
10. fINAL COAT OF Carpro reload

after all above you are good for 4 years

let me know if you have any questions.
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I would've listened to my gut and found the perfect e92. N54 red interior 6mt. Ps. I didn't get a single one of those huge regret hoping to change that by may-June
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1. WASH.
2 CLAY
3. IRONX
4. WASH
5. DRY
6. Compund
7. POLISH, I prefer carpro essence with thier polishing pad
8. IPA wipe entire car including glass
9. apply ceramic coating, best combo is Gtechniq CSL and Exo V4
10. fINAL COAT OF Carpro reload

after all above you are good for 4 years

let me know if you have any questions.
Wouldn't you ironx before clay?
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Wouldn't you ironx before clay?
depend on condition of paint, but you got the picture from the list.
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how would the order change depending on the quality of the paint?
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1. WASH.
2 CLAY
3. IRONX
4. WASH
5. DRY
6. Compund
7. POLISH, I prefer carpro essence with thier polishing pad
8. IPA wipe entire car including glass
9. apply ceramic coating, best combo is Gtechniq CSL and Exo V4
10. fINAL COAT OF Carpro reload

after all above you are good for 4 years

let me know if you have any questions.
you forgot aboout TarX
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depend on condition of paint, but you got the picture from the list.
1. WASH.
2 IRONX + TARX
3. CLAY
4. WASH
5. DRY
6. Compund
7. POLISH, I prefer carpro essence with thier polishing pad
8. IPA wipe entire car including glass
9. apply ceramic coating, best combo is Gtechniq CSL and Exo V4
10. fINAL COAT OF Carpro reload

is the safest to prevent more scratches cause by the contamins embedded in the clay bar.
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