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Old 08-03-2021, 07:44 PM   #1
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BMW paint- which compound/ polish/ pads for DA? Carpro Fixer?

I've recently bought an F31 335d in Melbourne red.
It's 3 years old and paint is in pretty average condition. Plenty of automatic car wash swirls which make the paint duller than it should be, but no particularly bad or deep scratches.
Bonnet was painted by the dealership before I picked it up.

Now, it's been many years since I've done a full correction on a car (probably 8 or 9 years I reckon!).
I still have some Menzerna polishes and what are I think Sonus pads but to be honest the polishes are probably past their best and I have no idea which colour pad is what anymore so I'm looking to buy new polish and pads.

Being short on time I'd prefer to use a single stage polish if possible.
I've been impressed with every product I've tried in the Carpro range so was thinking of using Carpro Fixer.
Does anyone have experience of this with modern BMW paint?

What pads do people recommend for this or any other polish you may recommend?

I'll be correcting using a DAS-6 Pro DA and am not aiming for perfection, just a good improvement.

Hit me with your recommendations please guys!
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Old 08-03-2021, 08:03 PM   #2
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i would use something like Meguiars Micrfibre/Yellow polishing pad and their Ultimate Compound as a One-Step combo.
or, if paint needs just a bit of refresh 3D Speed AIO if i go waxing router afterwards.
or CarPro Essense if ceramic coating.
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Old 08-03-2021, 08:15 PM   #3
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On my BMW F32 440i and other BMWs I use Sonax Cutmax with hex logic orange pad, then Gyeon primer and hex logic black pad, you COULD get away with just the Cut max and for second passes change just the pads it's that good.

Then the wax or sealant of your choice etc

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Old 08-03-2021, 08:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far- should have said that I plan to wax as an LSP rather than ceramic coat and also I’m happy to buy two or three pads so that I can experiment and get the right level of cut.
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The beauty of Sonax Cutmax is its fine finish it leaves, no dust and a long working time, i have used Orang, Yellow, Green and Black pads on my BMW paint and have found the Orange or yellow to be perfect for the mid to hard clear on it, obviously less pressure on your DA will result in less cut, but you would have to be very heavy handed with those pads to have issues.
I have used it without the Black finishing pad and added my LSP and it LOOKS terrific, Black pad I used to just squeeze the last bit out of the paint but it certainly isn't necessary.
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For single stage correction on the BMW paint which will be hard, Rupes DA Fine (Yellow) would serve you well, and you could even finish down in one step using that with their yellow wool pad. Try the yellow foam pad first and step up to the DA Coarse (Blue) if needs be. Again, you could also step up to the blue foam with the yellow polish, and the yellow wool with the blue polish, but I would say if you were to use blue polish with a blue foam or blue wool pad you would likely need to refine after that.
But from what you describe, yellow should do it in one hit.
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For single stage correction on the BMW paint which will be hard, Rupes DA Fine (Yellow) would serve you well, and you could even finish down in one step using that with their yellow wool pad. Try the yellow foam pad first and step up to the DA Coarse (Blue) if needs be. Again, you could also step up to the blue foam with the yellow polish, and the yellow wool with the blue polish, but I would say if you were to use blue polish with a blue foam or blue wool pad you would likely need to refine after that.
But from what you describe, yellow should do it in one hit.
x2 Rupes are my go to pads & products combo
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Having done exactly what you are planning on doing, I can offer some advice.

Ill be honest, I woefully underestimated how hard BMW paint can be so I spent hours trying to correct with the wrong combo

Heres what I settled on (but have recently found a better combo) -

Meguiars Ultimate Compound
Chemical Guys Hex Logic Orange Pad

This combo, imo, gave a decent correction but also improved gloss which was great. My paint was in poor shape for a 4 year old car when I got it but its looking good now.

I have recently been pointed in the direction of a lake county microfibre cutting pad and some koch chemie H9 (Heavy cutting compound). Having done a very quick test last night (in the sunlight which isnt advisable) I got some really good results in a much shorter time!

Hope this helps
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Try the Koch Chemie P6. 01 on its matching pad. I've used this on a few cars with rock hard paint, including my F30 and it's the best I've used. Cuts well, finishes well and leaves a good sealant behind. By far the best AIO I've used.

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You see, what I wanted was a dozen folk to come on and say the same thing- I’m even more confused now
Thanks for the advice though guys, will check all your recommendations out and choose one to try.
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