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      09-22-2011, 05:07 AM   #1
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Advice sought

I have an 08 coupe jet black, and the paint is looking kind of swirly and dull. There are a couple of light scratches on the powerdome. Also one wheel has some kerb rash. Was thinking of getting it tidied up. I live in the UK.

I have found two local detailers who can do a clean, clay, machine polish. One charges £150, the other £350. I have no idea why one is so much more expensive.

My local dealership says the wheel rash must be renovated, not just detailed, as the wheel will corrode otherwise. They want £150 to renovate the wheel, an have offered a \"body mop\" of the car for £100 - which seems to entail a clean and machine polish just as per the detailers.

Any advice on where I should spend my money?

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      09-23-2011, 12:16 AM   #2
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depends on the service provided...

if the 150 guys does a wash, clay, AIO,

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the 350 guy does a wash, clay, polish, polish, sealant

who do you think you should go to?

who has the better rep time after time?
you can put 20 hour in on one car, but typically only do 4 hour jobs...doesnt mean you are any good at the 20hr job! I typically do 10-15 hour jobs, therefore I am better at paint correction work rather than the "what should be 1.5 hour wash and wax and interior job (takes me longer because I do more - OCD)" Anyone can slap some wax on a car, thats simple. Knowing what polish and pad and machine with what speed combo is only developed with time and experience! Also, I would go with the guy who can tell you EXACTLY what you can expect from the job! If the 150 guy says a showroom finish, dont use him (unless he just likes working for cheap). it takes time and know-how to do things correctly the first time....

AND HAVE THE WHEEL REFINISHED, NOT TOUCHED UP. touch ups SUCK! I see it all the time and it always apparent, just like touch up work on paint.
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      09-23-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
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^ What he said.

Also, ask for examples (pictures) of some of their past work to include the process they uses. A quality paint correction specialist should be able to easily answer any of your questions in an open and honest way.
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      09-26-2011, 07:24 AM   #4
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Thx

Great - thanks both.
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