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Hi all,

I was just wondering if anybody had ever paid for a paint restoration service for their car and if so, is it worth the outlay? Ive done a quick search around and its looking at £500+ but some of the before and after pictures are stunning.

There are a fair few minor scratches on my GT and in general the paintwork is not perfect, i think it may really benefit from this type of service but before i dive in i wondered what peoples opinions were.

Is it something i should maybe look into attempting myself? Having never done anything more than take my car to the hand car washes....im thinking i would be a little out of my depth with this :lol: I do have access to a mop, but at present i wouldnt even know where to start!

Cheers :)
 

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Thanks very much mate will definately have a look...if only i didnt go to the casino on saturday night i could have a gleaming car! lol
 

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I had my old BMW X5 fully corrected a few years back, and the difference was truly remarkable. See link http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=133941

I paid £350 at the time and that was very very cheap.

Is it worth the money yes most def, would I pay for it again no ! I'd use the money to buy my own rotary and kit to do it myself. It's not hard to grasp and with a little patience you'll soon have the swing of it.


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£500 for full correction does not sound that expensive to me. You can get really good results if you buy your own polisher, pads and polish but it really is up to you which route you wish to take
 

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Have a go yourself. You need to by some good quality products(plenty of advice in the Detailing Section here) and the sequence is:
Wash with a mit(not a sponge) And use two buckets, one to rinse as you go.
Clay ( First time I did this I thought someone had re-sprayed my car!!)
Rinse
Polish
Glaze( very important on a dark colour to get rid of "swirl" marks)
Wax
Seal
Phew! it sounds a lot but it's worth it, the difference is nothing short of amazing .
And never use a hand car wash:tut: The chemicals they use are far to harsh to a good paint finish.
Go on have a go.
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I'm usually the type of guy to pay a professional so a. I know it's done right and b. because I'm sometimes a bit lazy. However with a mix of your guys peer pressure and a new found obsession with my GT I think I'll give this a go myself :)
 

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I'm usually the type of guy to pay a professional so a. I know it's done right and b. because I'm sometimes a bit lazy. However with a mix of your guys peer pressure and a new found obsession with my GT I think I'll give this a go myself :)
That's the spirit. Use good quality products, take your time and never clean in bright sunlight.
She will look splendid. BTW it's an Alfa you should be obsessed!!
 

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Yes.. the key is to take it easy.. but if you have a Dual-Action polisher (e.g. Meguiars G220) and a mild polish (Porboys SSR 2.0) and a regular polishing pad, then it's almost impossible to damage the paint.

Start using the mildest polish that does the job.. Poorboys do an SSR 1.0 and a 2.5 (T-Cut would be a "3.0)") so it's easy to understand what you're attacking the paint with.

If you have deep swirls.. you may needs to start with a 2.0 and then finish with a 1.0 though a lot of polishes get "finer" as you work them in anyway.

Yes.. always clay the car first. It gets most of the contamination and any residual dispersant/silicone based polish (car-wash All in 1s) off the paint so you don't clog the polishing pad.

Do one panel at a time so your polish doesn't dry on...

Rinse off the residue.. then glaze.

Glaze can be applied by machine too.. use a glaze pad (it's non abrasive) .. otherwise a micro-fibre cloth or applicator. You don't need to rub.. it's not an abrasive.. just spread it on and caress the paint with it.

Buff it off... but then apply a wax.

Not a wax polish (e.g Autoglym) otherwise you'll remove the glaze. It has to be a proper wax (look at Poorboy's Natty Blue wax) to seal the surface.

Apply 4 coats for more shininess.. after that it doesn't make any difference.

It'll take 4 hours to wash-clay-polish-glaze-wax your car the first time... but you'll be able to wash it in 20 minutes flat because the surface will be so smooth. And it won't get quite so grimy.. since it's super-smooth, you wash it more regularly (as that doesn't take as long) .. so you won't have to repeat the "big" detail again until next year.



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£500 is VERY high. I had my car machine polished by Midlands Car Care. Russ, the owner is a top guy and usually charges 250-300 for a 2 day complete clean and machine polish. He will inspect your car first and will be realistic about what can be achieved.

https://www.facebook.com/MidlandsCarCare?fref=ts

Call Russ and discuss the options.

My car a year on is still very easy to keep clean, a quick wash and it comes up new.

The difference is huge.... before and after here:

http://s1061.photobucket.com/user/Danman1210/media/1074550_563899196981439_1179011859_o.jpg.html?sort=3&o=168

I cant recommend it enough, completely transforms the look of the car to have it insanely clean.

Dan
 

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Car colour does play a part a bit as well, I've got a DA and various clay bars/compounds/pads/polishes/glazes/waxes etc etc. Our Black 7 year old Saab looks totally awesome after a recent full correct as does our 14 year old racing green MX5, My 12 year old GTV in Silver is equally as clean but just doesn't look as shiney as other colours.
 
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