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Old 20-03-2017, 04:55 PM   #31
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You probably need to step it up to S17 to get the results you want, but it does sound like you might be better off using a compound like S3 gold then finishing it of with S40 if you are looking for a proper job

Everyone goes on about s20 as a good 1 step polishing but it doesn't work on every paint sometimes it needs that extra cut just to get the results you want, and by the looks of it you are taking your time panel by panel so why not do it properly.
I thought I was doing it properly .

I see what you mean though, this z4 paint is not hard, it's HARD!
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Old 20-03-2017, 05:10 PM   #32
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I thought I was doing it properly .

I see what you mean though, this z4 paint is not hard, it's HARD!
That's why you are not getting the results you require I don't know if you have done a test spot but it might be worth while you doing one if you decide to use either S3 gold or S3 gold XXL which has more cut than S3 gold depending on the pad you choose
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:59 AM   #33
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Ordered up some s3 gold xxl and s40, got plenty of pads to play with already.

I am guessing the S40 uses softer pads as its for finishing? I am thinking trying the xxl with purple spider first then navy blue spider if still not doing it, then s40 with black hex pad.
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Old 21-03-2017, 12:43 PM   #34
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Ordered up some s3 gold xxl and s40, got plenty of pads to play with already.

I am guessing the S40 uses softer pads as its for finishing? I am thinking trying the xxl with purple spider first then navy blue spider if still not doing it, then s40 with black hex pad.
I am a big fan of S20 and can use it to correct most paint efficiently but your typical German paint is more stubborn and requires something with more bite so you'll notice a difference with the S3 XXL Gold. Some of the German paint I've worked on has been ridiculously hard!!!
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Old 21-03-2017, 01:00 PM   #35
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Got to wonder if it is this hard, how does it get a scratch in the first place
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Got to wonder if it is this hard, how does it get a scratch in the first place
Yep, putting a scratch into a scratch resistant clearcoat...
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Im pretty sure the hard clearcoat stone chips more than softer say Jap stuff, my current VW has ridiculas stone chips as did my M3, must be down to the paint being more brittle or something???
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Im pretty sure the hard clearcoat stone chips more than softer say Jap stuff, my current VW has ridiculas stone chips as did my M3, must be down to the paint being more brittle or something???
Or maybe it's because the owners of German cars like to tailgate the car in front too closely and therefore are more prone to stone chips?

PS - I have a German car.

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Im pretty sure the hard clearcoat stone chips more than softer say Jap stuff, my current VW has ridiculas stone chips as did my M3, must be down to the paint being more brittle or something???
Wouldn't be too sure on that. My GT86 paint would chip less if it were made of cheese spread!
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s3 gold xxl and s40 arrived through the week. I dont have access to the the workshop this weekend and it looks like it is going to quite sunny today. Is there anything to be wary of applying these with the car out in the open?
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