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    stone chips & scratches

    Hello to everyone. I'm a virgin to detailing a car but feel I have learnt so much reading this forum over the last few days.

    I recently bought a 2000 3 series BMW, and whilst I have always looked after my vehicles or so I thought (washed and wax with turtle wax) I never knew about this other world of detailing a car, and even from just what I have read I am becoming hooked and havent even started detailing yet !!!!

    Anyway, purchased the BMW but upon close inspection after a couple of washes noticed a significant amount of stone chips in the dark blue paint, varing in size. Whilst this could not do I went to the local car store (Halfords) and purchased some touch up paint, which came in a box with the colour, laqueur and a small piece of extra fine sanding paper + lint. I did everything it said on the tin, took my time and was gentle but and before i even write it you guessed it I am left with a load of sanding marks - extremely gutted.

    Went immediately to another local store for some scratch remover and came across something called Scratch X from Meguiars - never heard of them but gave it a go. Got home straight to work. it brought out most of the scratches but my arm was aching with polishing however under the night sky revealled another picture. I could still see them.

    So off I went in pursuit of some advice and where better to start! This forum (and the sister forum in the UK) have been great.

    I have purchased the following in an attempt to solve the above problem and would appreciate any further advice / guidance please.

    2500 unigrit, #2, #9, step 3 wax, clay detailer, 7006, 8006, 9006
    and imported from the USA (autogeek) a PC which only took 6 days to arrive here in the UK, fantastic. Thank you in advance.

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    Hi Black_Cat

    Welcome to Meguiar's Online!

    You ask some very good questions and I will be happy to help you with some answers, right now I'm uploading some pictures from our most recent Ferrari Detail Day at Meguiar's event here,

    http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums...=&threadid=728

    So hang in there and I or someone else will get to your questions soon!

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    Thanks Mike, I look forward to your advice.

    Very nice work on the Ferrari - It's pictures like these and ofher before and after shots I have seen at Meguiars.com along with the quality of support through this forum that made be decide to buy Meguiars products. quite a bit of an outlay at first but i am sure it will pay dividends.

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    This is my plan of attack for my first car detailing this weekend if it stops raining. Have I got things right ?

    1) To date I have filled and wet sanded the paint on the stone chips with 1500 grit.
    2) Wash the car – I think I will go and purchase some Gold Class wash as the shampoo I use at present is Simonz which includes wax and I guess is not good.
    3) I intend to go back over the sanded areas with 2500 unigrit I purchased from MegsUK.
    4) Clay with Quick Clay
    5) #2 applied with PC and 7006
    6) #9 applied with PC and 8006
    7) #7 by hand
    8) step 3 wax or Gold Class wax – I have both which is best ?– or in future will #26 give the best results? 3 coats. Applied with PC and 9006, buffed off with ultimate wipe.

    Can anyone confirm of otherwise whether ive got this right, or is it tot harsh an approach or not enough.

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