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I have been using Color Magic with some success but find that it doesn't make light scratches or swirl marks disappear for good. Can anyone recommend a polish to use before the Color Magic? Car is Rover 45 with Copperleaf Red metallic.

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Neil :)
 

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Stuff such as colour magic will only be partially successful and will only last for a while - such products contain fillers which fill the slight scratches and the light swirlmarks and thereby disguise them. Over time, these filler get washed out again and the same swirls and scratches re-appear. One of the best regarded (and widely used) filler heavy 'polishes' is Auto Glym Super Resin Polish (SRP). Some people have had pretty decent results with it, but it does need protecting to prevent the fillers being washed/weathered quickly - Auto Glym Extra Gloss Protection is the best sealant to use, but you can try others.

If you want to polish out the swirls and light scratches, the only foolproof way to do it is to use a decent dual action polisher and dedicated polishes - it will probably need up to three treatments; first with a polish with a reasdonable amount of cut to it. then a second pass with a lighter cut polish followed by a finishing polish.

You can then apply a wax or sealant to protect the polished surface, but must take care to wash carefully to avoid re-inflicting scratches and swirls to the paintwork.

It might be worth you having a look at a specialised car care/detailing forum such as www.detailingworld.co.uk - loads of advice on products , equipment and how to.
 

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SRP is good but if you want to actually remove the swirls etc effectively then 3m Fast Cut Plus with a DA is the way to go, have just done the TF and it looks superb.
 

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Hi from a Copperleaf Red Rover 75 owner (for just over a week :))

Machine polishing is the way to go but if you don't want to go down this route just yet have a look at Bilt Hamber Cleanser Polish (Award-Winning Car Detailing, Finishing and Surface Care Products | Rust Prevention and Rust Removal Products | Bilt Hamber Laboratories - Bilt Hamber) or Car Chem Deep Clean Polish (CarChem - Car Care Products | Detailing Products) They will need a wax on top for better durability

If you'd like something a bit more permanent my products of choice would be Glare. It is better applied by machine but can be done by hand (www.glare-uk.co.uk).

Good Luck.

Happy polishing.

Andy
 
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