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Old 04-07-2011, 12:08 PM
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How do I keep the brake dust from sticking so much? It's REALLY bad on my 01 X5
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Last summer I decided to buy an "entry level" Porter Cable 8" polisher. You can probably guess where this is going. I will cut to the chase and simply say my black paint looks like a disaster in the sunlight. I read, and I read, and I watched (videos) and I read about technique, quality pads, quality prep, quality polishes etc. etc. Well what I really learned is that I should have practiced somehow? The damn polisher was impossible to control and maneuver over some of the curves etc. Anyways:

I now have classic amateur micro marring from poor technique. It looks great in shade, overcast skies. Also it looks pretty good even in sunlight after a half ass hand applied polish, this is only temporary of course.

Simple question: Is the correction of my marred paint more involved than a standard 2-3 step polish from a professional detailer? Or will this damage be corrected by any standard quality multiple step polish? In other words is this going to cost more than a standard polish job to fix?

I acknowledge you cannot be certain without seeing it in person, however generally what is the deal with customer fudged paint?

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:28 AM
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How do I keep the brake dust from sticking so much? It's REALLY bad on my 01 X5
Best solution: Aftermarket dustless pads. There are tons of high performing trusted brands out their for our vehicles. You will never look back.

Temporary: Last summer I purchased a product from Michelin that claims to repel brake dust after you apply it to the wheels.Tire Care Products: Tire Care & Buying Guide: Michelin Tires it is the last product on the page.

Unfortunately I have not used it yet, so I cannot attest to its effectiveness. Applying it seems like a PITA. It says to spray it onto dry and cool wheels. Wait 15 seconds, then wipe dry.

There are also brake dust shields, but from what I recall they are very ugly and may cause squealing from vibration. Google it.

I wonder if anyone else has heard/used of other products for brake dust?

IMO, just get dustless pads for your next pad change over. There are mounds of threads on that.
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Hi Phil, what is your take on Zaino products ?? Especially the wax ?
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they are not bad I feel that there are many other items out there just as good or better.

in the sense of look and easy of application.
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they are not bad I feel that there are many other items out there just as good or better.

in the sense of look and easy of application.
So, what line do you suggest ?
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:11 PM
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Hey Phil. I'm learning a lot of stuff reading all your posts. Great work!!! Keep it coming.

I am having issues drying my black x6. I can never stop it from streaking. I've tried chamois, absorber and sham wow. They all leave streaks. Is there anything I can use that will dry it correct. Or am I just doing something wrong?
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what color is the car or cars?
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:27 PM
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:54 PM
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I use california water blade followed by waffle microfiber towel.

Be careful with water blade though, if it gets dirt on the blade it could scratch, i wipe it after each stroke. Works especially well on windows
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