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    Preparing my brand new car

    Im getting a new Smart fortwo passion (84bhp) on the 25th.
    its black with the black cell, so it will need looking after to keep it looking new.

    i need to know what is the best products and stages to use against a new car?im sure it will come with its own swirl, which i can correcr with my pro polisher.



    thanks for any help...
    BTW watch this space for a 120bhp+ 780kg car returning over 50+ mpg...
    "Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end it's only with yourself"

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    wrap it in cotton wool - as i no them cars screw up like a packet of crips when impacted with a bubble!

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    Ask the dealer's not to wash it for you, then that will reduce the amaount of swirls. My car was delivered to me covered in them, it really bugged me. When you say 'pro polisher' what do you mean, a PC, makita or some crappy halfords special (if it's the latter, it's not worth the cost of the cardboard box it came in). I woulod do the following

    Citrus degreser sprayed on the lower parts of the car
    Snowfoam
    Rinse
    Wash - 2 buckets, lambswool mitt & megs NXT wash
    rinse
    clay - CleanYourCar polyclay, with shampoo mix as lube
    wash again - same as before
    rinse
    dry - Using a Sonus Der Wunder drying towel
    Paint correction - products and pads depend on the severity of the paint
    Paint cleaner - Zymol HD Cleanse or Dodo Juice Lime Prime Lite
    Glaze - ClearKote Red Moose Glaze
    Wax - CG Pete's 53 is always good on black.

    wheels: wash with wheel cleaner, clay, wash again, dry, poorboy's world wheel sealant (3 coats makes a very tough barrier)

    Plastic Trim, either Poorboy's Natural Look Dressing or 303 Aerospace protectant.

    Hope this helps mate
    Gaz

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    We have an all black 02 plate and I find it a bit of a pain to polish as the plastic panels aren't too good to work with. The plastic also tends to fade a bit with time so good protection is definitely wise.

    Quote Originally Posted by spudrico View Post
    wrap it in cotton wool - as i no them cars screw up like a packet of crips when impacted with a bubble!
    You know very little about them then
    Previous Astras: 1994 Cesaro 1.8 16v | 2002 SXi 1.6 16v | 2001 Coupé 2.0 Turbo | 1999 LS 1.6 16v
    Other Vauxhalls: 2001 Vectra 1.8 16v| 2003 Vectra GSi 3.2 V6 | 2005 Signum CDTi 150

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    there incredibly strong cars, just youtube smart car crash test
    Mk4 3 door sxi

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    thanks for the advice
    i have a makita polisher. i have had good results from using G3...

    but for this car i i think i will use somthing a little more special.

    any advice on good correction fluids, what pads to use etc?

    thanks
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    For bad swirling and defects, I'd probably use Menzerna Intensive Polish PO85RD 3.02 on a Sonus SFX-1 pad, followed by Menzerna Final Finish PO106FA. For lighter swirls, I'd Porbably use Poorboy's SSR2.5 followed by the Final Finish.

    From there on, go to glazing then on from there.
    Gaz

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