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Old 12-18-2015, 04:55 PM
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Hey guys --

Haven't posted here in a while, just a quick update:

Sold my E53 in 2014, got an M Sport F25, sold the F25 18 months later for an F80 M3

Realized the F80 M3 will not do well in the winter--very quickly, so i'm back to the First Gen BMW SUV Game with an E83 M Sport Facelift (2007 X3 3.0si) purchased from a BMW CCA member, great condition (Besides the paint)

So i spent a full day correcting the paint, it came out BEAUTIFULLY. But now, after just 4-5 hand washes (by yours truly) with very careful drying techniques, i'm marred up!!!

I've heard JB is soft, but holy hell, this is ridiculous. And TBH, when it gets to be below 30 degrees, i can't see myself doing handwashes, so inevitably the X3 will end up at a "hand car wash" which although isnt great, is 10000% better than an auto wash.

So what do i do here? Anything I can do? Should I put Opti-Coat on? will it make the paint "stronger".

PS, My M3 does not mar up anywhere as bad as this X3... I'm pissed

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Old 12-18-2015, 05:54 PM
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Polish it again in the spring and do Optimum Gloss Coat - its what I'm doing - I debated CQuartz UK but Optimum has never let me down and they advertise up to 3 years on the 2015 formula with more gloss and slickness
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Have one of your minions hand wash the sumbitch all winter.
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Agree with RB on Optimum Gloss Coat. I also put wax on top for more protection.
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Waxes or sealants will protect your cars paint from etching, fallout, watermarks etc but won't really prevent washing induced swirls but will make them a bit less noticeable.
There is several things you can do to minimise damage while washing such as using a snow style foam wash to pre rinse off as much muck as possible before touching the paint, using the two bucket method to wash & using thick clean microfibres to wash & dry the car rather than traditional sponges or chamois that offer no gaps for any debris.
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