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    Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    Hey everyone, I was a big detailing enthusiast late in the previous decade. Dues to some changes in my life, for several years I largely stopped detailing cars except for minimal routine cleaning. That changed recently when I bought a 2016 BMW 550i in Carbon Black. This car was the catalyst to reignite my love of auto detailing, and I find myself wanting to spend my spare time polishing paint. Like Richard Griot says, it`s my "garage therapy."

    However, I have a full-time job and two part-time jobs, so it`s rare to find the time needed for proper detailing. I can usually find time to squeeze in a thorough washing and interior detail. If I can spend two hours on "garage therapy" it`s a luxury.

    For instance, last weekend I had a couple hours and found a really old bottle of Menzerna Final Finish. My BMW`s paint is in reasonably good condition, with a decent overall gloss and a few minor scratches here and there visible under direct sunlight. I grabbled my Porter Cable DA with a LC white pad, and polished the passenger side doors with the Menzerna FF. This combination of light polish on a white pad doesn`t eliminate the scratches on the hard BMW clear coat, but amps up the gloss without removing much of the paint. After that, I hit the entire passenger side with Klasse AIO and topped it with Collinite 845. I did the driver`s side a few weeks ago, the hood and top back in June. Sometimes I use a different AIO or LSP.

    Does anybody else use this method of periodic paint correction on their cars? I figure by the end of summer I will have polished everything once, and next spring I`ll start over. For a daily driver I think the car looks great, and I get occasional compliments from strangers.

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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    I tried doing the whole vehicle the first few times but I am a novice and it takes me for ever to do the whole think. So I have started doing the same and I find it much more manageable that way. Instead dreading it and thinking I dont have enough time to do the whole thing so why bother starting. I just say I want to get the hood or door or what ever panel done today and its more relaxing and less overwhelming. I find I do a much better job because I am not tired or rushing while doing it also.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    I work my way around my vehicles. One or two panels at a time. Usually takes me 3 to 4 weekends.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    Nothing wrong with that. This is supposed to be fun! If you try to much at one time, you get tired and your work suffers. Just enjoy the new car!
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    Joel_MD- Yes indeed! I work very slowly compared to many (most?) here, and these days I can`t always take a given vehicle out of service for too long.

    I`ve even split up the Major Correction, Final Polishing, and LSPing of a section into separate days.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    I think that I should start doing so. Have been thinking on it before. Since I have a physical disability the full correction has been put off too long now. A panel or 2 would go much easier for me and don`t put it off.

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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    I`m 76 so I have no choice.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    Yep. I can`t remember the last time I did the entire car at one shot. As Mike said, this is supposed to be enjoyable.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    I’ve thought about partial corrections, but have always ended up going all out with a weekend and/or vacation days. I could probably do a better job if I paced a few panels per weekend and do the whole car over a month or two... and save my vacation days that way too.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    I dislike a few panels at a time, so much. Let me just get the entire car polished during the weekend.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    About 3 years ago I did 1/3rd of my car and haven`t finished it yet. So yes, I like to do a little at a time lol.
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    Re: Does anybody else do paint correction a little at a time?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMeanGreen View Post
    I dislike a few panels at a time, so much. Let me just get the entire car polished during the weekend.
    Heh heh, if I could do one of ours in one weekend I`d probably do the same. I have to work hard enough to complete (my version of) a Maintenance Wash over a weekend
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