Originally Posted by Ridonculous
No offense, but how much detailing experience and knowledge do you have? Many of the pros and seasoned amateur detailers in these forums will tell you that you don't have to or need to buy the most expensive possible chemicals out there to get the best out of your paint. Don't get me wrong, Swissvax and Zymol have expensive products that are worth the money, but just coz it's the most expensive, doesn't technically mean it's the best for you.
As phusion974 stated, it's the preparation of your paint before the application of a wax that's more important. If your paint is full of swirl marks and imperfections, simply washing it and throwing on an expensive wax from Zymol or Swissvax won't make your car shine like a diamond. Detailing to perfection takes a lot of time and patience, if you dont want to spend the money on getting a real professional to do it, then I suggest you do the following at the minimum:
1. Wash the car with these products: Two 5-gallon buckets with Grit Guards
, CG Citrus Wash
(only for prepping a car for polish), Sheepskin Wash Mit
and Waffle Weave Drying Towel
2. Clay the car with Gentle Fine Grade Clay
with Dodo Juice Clay Lube
3. Polish the car and depending on the severity of swirls use Meguiars M105
and Meguiars M205
(it's what a lot of people use or Menzerna products). If you don't have one, you'll need a PC Random Orbital buffer with pads
4. Apply a wax or sealant such as Dodo Juice Diamond White Hard Wax
or Menzerna Power Lock
or you can spend the big bucks and get something from Zymol or Swissvax.
Also, if you haven't yet, you should checkout the "Ask a Pro" section on DetailedImage.com
. They have great articles and tips.
As long as you prep the car and remove the imperfections before applying a last step product, you can purchase something inexpensive like the Dodo Juice Diamond White or P21S Concours Wax and get stunning, jaw dropping results. Detailing is an artform where technique and execution matter more than the products used. Hope this helps you. Congrats on the car and best of luck with the paint!
thanks man! I'm no pro i used to do all my work when i was younger but i just don't have the time anymore running my own businesses its hard like u said its a art and takes time My car 2011 m3 is new bought it 8-31-11..it was built in july...i have 2200 miles...im just looking for the best product then i hand it over to my friend he has a detail shop DRIVEn PERFECTION I'm Weymouth MA... he does the best work around here thats my opinion...so I'm trying to pick the best product to give him to do up the car...$$$ money really uisnt a problem but I'm not really thinking on spending over $1,000.00 dollars on a lil jar of swissvac or zymol there top of line wax is expensive!!!!!