What Pads, Compound, Wax and Extra's- Z4 Coupe Ruby Black?

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Post by mgrlane » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:02 am

Angelus666 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:05 pm I’d suggest micro fibre pads are the way to go. If you’re new then the scholl 20 is a good all in one product. If you like to clean and polish regularly then go for a sealant then a nice carnuba way. If you clean once a month then maybe go with a ceramic coating,
Hello Buddy,

Its coming to that time of the year again so looking to follow your advice rather than going maverick like last year.

I have been looking at MF cutting and polishing pads and wondered why there was such a big difference in price from the Meg's and the others?

Am I just paying for the name or are they that good?

https://www.slimsdetailing.co.uk/search ... microfibre
https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/paint-co ... ofbre-pads

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Post by Nictrix » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:34 am

mgrlane wrote: Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:02 am
Angelus666 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:05 pm I’d suggest micro fibre pads are the way to go. If you’re new then the scholl 20 is a good all in one product. If you like to clean and polish regularly then go for a sealant then a nice carnuba way. If you clean once a month then maybe go with a ceramic coating,
Hello Buddy,

Its coming to that time of the year again so looking to follow your advice rather than going maverick like last year.

I have been looking at MF cutting and polishing pads and wondered why there was such a big difference in price from the Meg's and the others?

Am I just paying for the name or are they that good?

https://www.slimsdetailing.co.uk/search ... microfibre
https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/paint-co ... ofbre-pads
Im interested in this too as its always been Meguiars pads I use but if the cheaper ones are just as good they could be swapped out more often.
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Post by mgrlane » Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:48 pm

Nictrix,

I have gone for Shinemate MF's and bought more pads so will swap out more- I will let you know how I get on with some cheaper pads.

Went for the following also rather than Meg's
MENZERNA HEAVY CUT COMPOUND 400
MENZERNA SUPER FINISH 3500

Still managed to spend over £100 all in all. I thought after buying the DA last year things would get cheaper... :?

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Post by Angelus666 » Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:20 pm

In my experience, I'd always pay for the better pads, as the whole cutting and refining process is so time-intensive you want the best pads to work with. I've tried the cheaper ones and you can feel the difference, also they lose their shape and fibres after a few washes. If you can afford the Megs then go with them.

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Post by mgrlane » Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:16 pm

Angelus666 wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:20 pm In my experience, I'd always pay for the better pads, as the whole cutting and refining process is so time-intensive you want the best pads to work with. I've tried the cheaper ones and you can feel the difference, also they lose their shape and fibres after a few washes. If you can afford the Megs then go with them.
Cheers, Yet again I didn't follow your advice (in my defence I did buy the pads before you replied)- Third time lucky? :o

I bought 2* 5inches Cutting MF's and a 3inch Cutting MF and a 2* 5inches Finishing MF's and a 3inch Finishing MF. They were only 20% cheaper than the Meg's pad so hopefully not to bad.

Going to approach it slightly different this year after doing the 1step last year and then a two step on the Mr's 1 series.

The plan is to do 2 hours a day, each day until it's done. I think in winter I rushed it over two days last year and I was rather disappointed with the result.

Knowing what I know now it's clear that going at the BMW paint with a Hex logic yellow pad I was never going to get any major swirls out with Meg 205.

I think I need a decent tar remover now and I am all good to go. The car plan one I have kicking about is rubbish.

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Post by AnilS » Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:57 pm

Tardis is what I use as tar remover.
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Post by mgrlane » Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:05 pm

AnilS wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:57 pm Tardis is what I use as tar remover.
Nice one! Thank you.

That name rings a bell but in a good way.

I will look to get some I have only done 3k since the last time I removed the tar so fingers crossed there isn't much tar on there.

It was so easy to spot on the Mrs red car but on my black it was tough.

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Post by mgrlane » Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:11 am

Angelus666 wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:20 pm In my experience, I'd always pay for the better pads, as the whole cutting and refining process is so time-intensive you want the best pads to work with. I've tried the cheaper ones and you can feel the difference, also they lose their shape and fibres after a few washes. If you can afford the Megs then go with them.
Microfiber Pads- spot on! :thumbsup:

So much easier than the foam.

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Post by mgrlane » Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:43 pm

Microfiber Pads working very nicely.

Here is an update of some of the progress so far.

Full decontamination of the car- 3.5 hours (Spray, hit with Built Hamber APC at 10%, touch wash, Built Hamber Korrosol Iron Remover, tar remover, clay)
Front bumper took 2.5 hours for a Cut, Polish and wax
Rear Bumper and rear face of boot 3 hours for a Cut, Polish and wax

Pictures attached are the rear bumper. I am really pleased with the process. Can't wait to get all the fiddly bits done (sides of the boot and top of arches) and move onto some big panels!
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