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      06-08-2011, 02:57 PM   #23
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JB is probably THE hardest BMW color to keep defect free. What others said is true, it will never look perfect. You just have to do your best to keep it looking as good as possible for as long as possible. It looks like you're taking the right steps. It's a lot of work to keep JB looking good, but when it's cared for properly, it can't be beat!
I agree with Raz335, I have a JB and it is the hardest color to keep it clean but no other color looks better when it is kept properly
Go to detailersdomain.com, you will find all type of products for cleaning, waxing, polishing, etc my personal choice was SwissVax Blau Weiss Premium Wax along with Swissvax Cleaner Fluid, you cannot go wrong with them,
take a look at a couple of pictures after waxing it, you wont have to do anything else for the next 3-4 months, just wash it
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      06-08-2011, 03:26 PM   #24
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I agree! Now on my 8th year of Jet Black M3 ownership, driving it year round including snow. Nothing looks better when freshly washed/detailed. I am okay with the occasional flaws, but understand that some people are not. Key is to have the right expectations and plan for trying to minimize flaws. I do the 2 bucket method, wash once a week, light touch when drying, occasional spot detailing and a full detail every ~6 months. Overall its been pretty good. 99% of the time, it looks great, but don't pull under the bright lights at a gas station at night...

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      06-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #25
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I got my Jet Black used with 46,000 miles on it. I look at it and I can tell someone else was not as concerned as I am with the paint condition.

Now I have a long way to go before I rescue the paint.
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      06-08-2011, 04:53 PM   #26
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everytime an individual washes a car, you are scratching the paint-could be very minor scratches that you do not even see- but no matter what you will be..the goal is to minimize the level and deepness of scratches, not to mention the frequency.

To minimize this, wash car weekly, clay bar(once every 2-3 months), cleaner wax (2 months), and polish wax(2-3"").

And do not try to use anything too abrasive (i.e. worn towels) I use "the absorber" to dry the car, and it works out well.

I have swirls, even when I bought the car...What i have noticed that helps is turtle wax black edition - so far I have waxed the car twice in 4 months.

Good luck - I too get depressed when looking at the car and thinking - why on earth do i get swirls when i meticulously clean and try to protect this vehicle...

drive, enjoy and re-paint/detail when done
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      06-12-2011, 09:21 AM   #27
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everytime an individual washes a car, you are scratching the paint-could be very minor scratches that you do not even see- but no matter what you will be..the goal is to minimize the level and deepness of scratches, not to mention the frequency.

To minimize this, wash car weekly, clay bar(once every 2-3 months), cleaner wax (2 months), and polish wax(2-3"").

And do not try to use anything too abrasive (i.e. worn towels) I use "the absorber" to dry the car, and it works out well.

I have swirls, even when I bought the car...What i have noticed that helps is turtle wax black edition - so far I have waxed the car twice in 4 months.

Good luck - I too get depressed when looking at the car and thinking - why on earth do i get swirls when i meticulously clean and try to protect this vehicle...

drive, enjoy and re-paint/detail when done
Swissvax Blau Weiss Wax works great, just wash the car every week and it keeps shining like the first day you waxed it, it works exceptionally well on black paints
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      06-12-2011, 09:27 AM   #28
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It takes clear coat 30 days to cure properly. So if you get a brand spankin' new car, just wash it for the first 30 days, then you can clay or wax it..or you risk marring the paint...
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Ultimately the only way to address the swirls is with claying and use of an orbital, it seems from what I've read. I have all the gear and will be taking this on sometime this summer. But with the basic two-bucket wash, polish and seal, I don't think anything compares to Zaino when it comes to dark colors. The shine is just unbelievable.

BTW this thread is gold when it comes to detailing info: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9145
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