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Old 08-10-1999, 06:02 PM
Richard Faulkner
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Thanks for your previous replies - I've tracked down the UK supplier, dug deep into the credit card and got all the above but, before I use them, I want to make sure that the car is ready for them.

Mercedes 300 SL Nautic Blue - I think it is mettalic with a laquer coating.

A couple of weeks ago, I washed the car and then polished it with AutoGlym Polish and High Gloss Wax, (not sure if you have this over there but it has a good reputation over here. Came up nice and shiny, but not so you would think it was a pool of water.

Do I need to do anything to remove the above, or can I just wash it and start with 9, then 7, then 26 and 34?



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Old 08-12-1999, 07:05 PM
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You should be able to wash, start with #9, then #7, then #26. If you need to touch-up any areas then the #34 will come in handy. The same evening you do all of the above you will not have to use #34. The next time you wash, using #34 after drying the car should help keep the new-ness to your hard work lasting its longest.

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Old 08-17-1999, 05:05 AM
Richard Faulkner
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Hi Lee - I spent a couple of hours on Sunday doing just the bonnet, (hood?). Most of this was with #9 but it doesnt seem to have touched the swirls - Do I have to spend ages rubbing hard, or could I be doing something wrong? I am sure they are swirls rather than deep scratches - they are like most cars have after using commercial car washes.

I used the #7 & #26 but dont seem to see a difference between the Autoglym I used a few weeks ago - it certainly doesnt look like a pool of water and this was confirmed by a few other people who had a look.

Any advice?
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Old 08-17-1999, 02:00 PM
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Meguiar's #9 is designed for minor swirl marks. If your paint is deeply scratched aka "burned" by automated car washes then you are looking at something much more serious. Also, #9 is heavily elbow grease dependent. It isn't like #7 which is just apply and remove. #9 works best when you apply then really work the surface before removal, that is why an orbital buffer helps. There are more aggressive products from Meguiar's if the #9 just isn't getting to the scratches you have. You may want to call them for the best recommendation. Their product info line should be on any of the bottles of Meguir's stuff you purchased. Once you do find something aggressive enough to remove the swirls, then backtrack up the product line. example: If you need medium cut to get out the swirls, then use fine cut, then #9, then #7, then wax. (#26 or Gold Class)

Best of luck and let us know how it goes....Lee

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