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Old 01-02-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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machine polishing BMW Titan/titanium silver

Hello

Having had much useful advice from this site i have another question.

I have a BMW 120d in titanium silver It has developed some scratches as shown in the picture below. Now i tried a hexlogic orange pad and meguires 105 on my da polisher for hours on that small area but made no progress.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Dx8Q01HLGulB54U22

I have seen people mention MF Pads what are these? Has anyone got a better suggestion.

Apologies for the rubbish photo the scratches aren't visible to the camera during the day and are most visible at night under lights.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:12 PM   #2
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Now i tried a hexlogic orange pad and meguires 105 on my da polisher for hours on that small area but made no progress.
Can't help with the pad selection, but I'd be very wary of going at one small area for so long.
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If you have already polished the hell out of the same area for a long time, id be careful about polishing further without taking paint depth readings.

With regards to pads, Chem guys hex logic yellow may work better as this has more cut.
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I assumed that because the scratches were still there I wasn't doing much cutting. I will see if i can get hold of a paint depth measure. Is it likely to be anything like paint breaking down? It seems strange that the scratches are only on that part of the car and only on those upper faces. The scratches look pretty random too. I will also order the hexlogic yellow pad.

Does the cutting compound have much effect on the outcome?
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It seems strange that the scratches are only on that part of the car and only on those upper faces. The scratches look pretty random too. ...
Folk allowing fuel pump hose(s) to drag across the paintwork?
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Folk allowing fuel pump hose(s) to drag across the paintwork?
Maybe but there are none towards the roof area where a hose would hang over and I have owned the car whilst this scratches have developed and i always pull on the right side to use the pump. To be fair i have only recently in the last year cared about how i clean the car so that could be a factor but in which case why would the scratches be only in that place if it was poor cleaning technique?

Is it possible to gradually increase the amount of laquer to fill these scratches using a rattle can spray? (lots of thin coats).
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Is it possible to gradually increase the amount of laquer to fill these scratches using a rattle can spray? (lots of thin coats).
I'd say not without doing the whole panel and blending in, but hopefully a bodywork guy will be along to advise.
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The picture doesn't show much because it's out of focus, but it looks like you have clear coat damage now. Try and get a better picture if you can, then maybe we could help you out a bit better
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Gently use your nail down the scratch, if you can feel it chances are it's too deep and will need respraying.
Given the colour you might be lucky and find someone who can blend it in, rather than doing the whole panel.
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So i have better photos. one or two scratches feel a little deep but most pass the fingernail test.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Qe58AkIY3cfvqN9U2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/avKqcNCH6Qw1ioPC2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hiwrq15sRMcwcZVt2

Thanks for your help so far any further suggestions would be appreciated.

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