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      01-21-2020, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hey guys! My car is in desperate need of paint correction. The dealer I purchased my car from is offering a numerous amount of services for $350. The dealer is Global Imports BMW in Atlanta, GA. Please take a look at the picture and tell me if it is worth getting done.
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It's highly likely that the dealer will ask someone else to perform these services. Someone you don't know and cannot research. I would investigate local reputable shops before choosing these services.
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It's highly likely that the dealer will ask someone else to perform these services. Someone you don't know and cannot research. I would investigate local reputable shops before choosing these services.
Surprisingly, every other shop I called and checked out started off at least at 500 🤷🏾
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For way less than $500 you can buy tools etc. to do it yourself. Nothing about detailing is difficult, it just takes time.
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For way less than $500 you can buy tools etc. to do it yourself. Nothing about detailing is difficult, it just takes time.
I don't have the time nor do I have the space to do it. #collegedormlife lol when I graduate and eventually get my own place with a garage, I will invest in the tools to do the job myself. But for now, I have to pay someone
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Don't let the dealership touch your paint, ever. If they outsource, the people they outsource are underpaid and rushed. It's always discussed on detailing forums. There's a reason they are cheaper than your local reputable shop! I'd be happy to recommend shops in Atlanta if you are willing to spend $500+.
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Don't let the dealership touch your paint, ever. If they outsource, the people they outsource are underpaid and rushed. It's always discussed on detailing forums. There's a reason they are cheaper than your local reputable shop! I'd be happy to recommend shops in Atlanta if you are willing to spend $500+.
Yes, if you know any good shops, please tell me them!!
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Yes, if you know any good shops, please tell me them!!
I can not speak to personal experience, but I can speak to the quality of work that I see and the products and techniques used. That being said, below are a few that I would recommend based solely off of what I've seen on detailing forums/certifications/portfolios:

Prestige Auto Polishing (Alpharetta)- Certified by IGL Coatings
Apogee Mobile Detailing (Alpharetta)- Certified by Feynlab and OptiCoat
Peach State Detail- Bryan is a legend and one of the best in the country.
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Yeah that's a suspiciously low price for a full detail with a two-stage polish... I've never seen that level of service offered for less than $500. I don't want to chase you away from what might be an amazing deal but my instinct is a qualified and careful detailer would need to charge a lot more to do all that work the right way.
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It depends how much time they spend polishing. I do my car every spring, a bit at a time over the course of a week, because to do it right takes a good eight hours to do a rub out, polish and seal. If I just gave it a once over I could do it in two hours, and it would show.
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You should check out the detailing bliss forums they have several reputable shops around the country, that post write ups showing their work on various types of vehicles from normal to exotics. I used to do paint correction as a hobby in the past. I would charge $75 per hour, for a sedan like an F30 it would take approximately 8 to 12 hours to do a single stage correction. Which would depend on the vehicle's clear coat (hard or soft) and severity of defects. Now most professional shops charge anywhere from $80 to $120 an hour for paint correction services. But some still offer bundles which include other services such as interior detailing, engine bay and wheel off cleaning and protection. I would suggest ceramic coating it after it has been corrected. There are many manufacturers out there Gtechniq and Carpro are some of the better ones out there. Hope this helps.
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It depends how much time they spend polishing. I do my car every spring, a bit at a time over the course of a week, because to do it right takes a good eight hours to do a rub out, polish and seal. If I just gave it a once over I could do it in two hours, and it would show.
Do you use a rotary for polishing? What type of compound do you like and what style pad do you use?

I'm hesitant to polish my black car. I have a rotary but haven't chosen a polish or pad yet.
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I use rotary for rubbing out, because it's a lot faster. For major correction I use Menzerna Stage 1 heavy cut compound and a fiber pad. I follow that with Menzerna Stage 2 medium cut compound with a firm foam pad. If major correction isn't necessary I skip the Stage 1. Next I use Menzerna Stage 3 with a medium foam pad and a DA polisher, which is slower than rotary but does a better job of swirl removal. I seal with Menzerna Power Lock, applied with DA at low speed and a soft foam pad, then buffed with DA and microfiber. Menzerna is also labeled Jescar, depending on the source.
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350$ for a paint correction looks suspicious to me. Here in Europe good quality detailers ask around 600-700 for a simple paint correction + coating. My opinion is, don't let the dealer do it, because like many other people said they likely outsource it to a cheap detailer = More bucks for cleaning the mess from shitty detailer up.
Just go to a reputable detailer, which his business core is restoring cars. I'm sure you proper paint correction will cost around 500-600$ at least
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I see a few things which stand out to me.

- The price does seem a little low for all that work. There is a reason good detailers will charge $500 for that much work.

- Not every vehicle needs a two step compound and polish. Depending on the condition of the paint and the right choice of polishes, you might be able to polish everything out in one step. Also, there is a finite amount of clear coat on the car. No need to go aggressive with a compound unless it's really needed.

- An "ultra-soft" carnauba wax will look great, but have very low durability of around 3-ish months depending on your climate. A more durable sealant will save you a lot of time/money by not having to apply something as often.

When you contacted a detailer for the $500 quote did they simply price out a package without seeing the car? Some will look at the car and provide a quote based on what you want and the condition of the vehicle.
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I see a few things which stand out to me.

- The price does seem a little low for all that work. There is a reason good detailers will charge $500 for that much work.

- Not every vehicle needs a two step compound and polish. Depending on the condition of the paint and the right choice of polishes, you might be able to polish everything out in one step. Also, there is a finite amount of clear coat on the car. No need to go aggressive with a compound unless it's really needed.

- An "ultra-soft" carnauba wax will look great, but have very low durability of around 3-ish months depending on your climate. A more durable sealant will save you a lot of time/money by not having to apply something as often.

When you contacted a detailer for the $500 quote did they simply price out a package without seeing the car? Some will look at the car and provide a quote based on what you want and the condition of the vehicle.
So I went on the dealerships website and went to the service and parts section. There, it said BMW spa and detail center. So I think the dealership has its own detail thing going on. The price I got was from the website: https://www.atlantabmw.com/bmw-spa-center.htm
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