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Just an update. Following the suggestion above about the start-up noise being the dephaser, booked it in to the dealers (Platinum Bath). They knew of the problem, and whilst they were initially a bit reluctant to do that work just on my say-so (being an intermittent noise, of course it didn't do it when they had it) but they kept it in overnight "for tests" (sounds like the NHS !) and they did then replace the dephaser. No recurrence yet. So, many thanks for the input (esp. Ottoman for the suggestion), it seems to have helped solve the problem. And I was quite impressed with the way the dealer dealt with it (which is why I mentioned their name).
As far as the paintwork's concerned the best advice they could offer was to polish out the finger-prints, but no-one seems confident about how to prevent it recurring (telling the kids "Don't touch the car !" doesn't work).