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      05-19-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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New Car Prep - What do you think

Hey All -

I am taking delivery of my 2011 Jerez Black this coming week and wanted to run this detail by everyone to make sure I have all the necessary items and that I am not leaving anything out...also should I treat the leather my old 335 had been on the dealers lot for about 4 months so I treated it, but not sure in this instance...(the car just arrived in Baltimore today)?

Products:
P21S Tire Gel
Pinnacle Auto Wash
DP Foam Extreme
85RD Polish
Blackfire Sealant
Wheel Wax
Pinnacle Souveran Wax
Griots Clay
Griots Speed Shine

Tools:
Lake Country Blue / Black Pads (6-7 of each)
MF Towels
Waffle Weave for Glass
EZ Detail Brush
Small EZ Detail Brush
Wheel Brush
MF wash mitts
Griots orbital


I think that should cover it...but if anyone has thoughts / suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Sorry for long post but I am slightly paranoid about my soon to be baby as I have always wanted an M3 and now have the opportunity to purchase one!

-chris
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      05-20-2010, 08:44 AM   #2
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Something simple which I am sure you left off the list...

Multiple buckets with Grit Guards! Really helps keep the dirt in the rinse bucket versus on the paint!

I go over everything on a New Car Prep.
Wash
Clay
Light Polish
Protect

Interior Vacuum
Protect/Condition etc.

With Jerez Black go get a foam gun, it will help loosen the dirt prior to putting a mitt on the paint...

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Comments below.

Martin D is right, get 2 buckets with Grit Guards so that you can keep your sponges free of dirt.

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Hey All -

I am taking delivery of my 2011 Jerez Black this coming week and wanted to run this detail by everyone to make sure I have all the necessary items and that I am not leaving anything out...also should I treat the leather my old 335 had been on the dealers lot for about 4 months so I treated it, but not sure in this instance...(the car just arrived in Baltimore today)?

Do not let the dealer touch the paint (i.e., no prep, no wash).

Products:
P21S Tire Gel
Pinnacle Auto Wash
DP Foam Extreme
85RD Polish I actually just ordered some of this stuff, so I can't speak from experience, but this probably won't be good for anything beyond light correction.
Blackfire Sealant
Wheel Wax
Pinnacle Souveran Wax Great wax, but the way the price has jumped in the past couple years, I don't think it's worth the money anymore. I suggest adding one more stage of polishing (or glaze), and then put on 2 or 3 coats of Blackfire (waiting 24 hrs between application).
Griots Clay
Griots Speed Shine

Tools:
Lake Country Blue / Black Pads (6-7 of each) Both of these are finishing pads, and combined with the 85RD, might leave you up sh** creek if any stubborn scratches were put into the paint during delivery.
MF Towels
Waffle Weave for Glass Shouldn't be necessary. Just dry the windows as you would the paint, and then follow up with a dry mf and Stoner's Invisible Glass.
EZ Detail Brush
Small EZ Detail Brush
Wheel Brush
MF wash mitts Good wash mitts are difficult to find, but I've had a hard time with mf wash mitts because dirt embeds itself in the mf more often than a terry mitt.
Griots orbital I haven't researched this in the past few years, but Porter Cable and Meguiars have (or had) reasonably priced orbitals. Griots typically has a higher price tag without actually being a better product (though it will definitely be better than what you can pick up at Auto Zone or Target).


I think that should cover it...but if anyone has thoughts / suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Sorry for long post but I am slightly paranoid about my soon to be baby as I have always wanted an M3 and now have the opportunity to purchase one!

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      05-20-2010, 12:23 PM   #4
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I'm going to redo your list but in the order in which you would use the products. I've had experience with every product you've listed. Some are decent, some are terrible. If I've removed a product from the list entirely, there's no need for it.

CG Wheel Gel (dilute this): http://www.chemicalguys.com/Diablo_G...cld_997_16.htm
CG Citrus Wash & Gloss (formulated to remove grime and shipping wax): http://www.chemicalguys.com/Premium_..._p/cws_301.htm
CG Blue Clay: http://www.chemicalguys.com/clay_bar..._202_180gr.htm
CG Clay Lube: http://www.chemicalguys.com/Spray_Wa...wac_116_16.htm
Menzerna PO203S: http://www.detailersdomain.com/menze...inish32oz.aspx
Menzerna PO85RD: http://www.detailersdomain.com/menze...ompounds-.aspx
CG Speed Wipe (Quick Detailer): http://www.chemicalguys.com/Pink_Qui...wac_102_16.htm
CG Sealant & Pete's 53 Wax: http://www.chemicalguys.com/BEST_SHI..._p/hol_111.htm
CG VRP Dressing (for tires, doesn't leave excess grease): http://www.chemicalguys.com/Tire_Shi...tvd_107_16.htm

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Swissvax Wheel Brush: http://www.detailersdomain.com/swissvax-wheelbrush.aspx
Gilmore Foam Gun: http://www.chemicalguys.com/FOAM_WAS...p/hol_ff_2.htm
x2 Buckets w/ Grit Guards:http://www.chemicalguys.com/Professi..._p/acc_101.htm
Sponge: http://www.chemicalguys.com/wash_spo..._p/mic_492.htm
MF Towels (you'll want at least 12 towels total): http://www.chemicalguys.com/MONSTER_...ic_1100_03.htm
Porter Cable Orbital: http://www.chemicalguys.com/porter_C...uf_100.1xp.htm
Lake Country Orange Pads: http://www.chemicalguys.com/Lake_Cou...uflc_102_5.htm
Lake Country White Pads: http://www.chemicalguys.com/Lake_Cou...uflc_104_5.htm

For your leather, I would use these products in this order:

Swissvax Leather Brush: http://www.detailersdomain.com/swiss...therbrush.aspx
Leather Master Soft Leather Cleaner: http://www.detailersdomain.com/leath...ftcleaner.aspx
Leather Master Vital Conditioner: http://www.detailersdomain.com/leath...nditioner.aspx
Leather Master Protectant: http://www.detailersdomain.com/leath...ner1liter.aspx

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Hey All -

I am taking delivery of my 2011 Jerez Black this coming week and wanted to run this detail by everyone to make sure I have all the necessary items and that I am not leaving anything out...also should I treat the leather my old 335 had been on the dealers lot for about 4 months so I treated it, but not sure in this instance...(the car just arrived in Baltimore today)?

Products:
P21S Tire Gel
Pinnacle Auto Wash
DP Foam Extreme
85RD Polish
Blackfire Sealant
Wheel Wax
Pinnacle Souveran Wax
Griots Clay
Griots Speed Shine

Tools:
Lake Country Blue / Black Pads (6-7 of each)
MF Towels
Waffle Weave for Glass
EZ Detail Brush
Small EZ Detail Brush
Wheel Brush
MF wash mitts
Griots orbital

I think that should cover it...but if anyone has thoughts / suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Sorry for long post but I am slightly paranoid about my soon to be baby as I have always wanted an M3 and now have the opportunity to purchase one!

-chris

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      05-20-2010, 05:55 PM   #5
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Went with griots for the lifetime warranty and the 800 watts and 8 amps ...
Thanks for all the tips all..picked up some of the cg stuff as well...I will let you all know how it goes!
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      05-20-2010, 06:01 PM   #6
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Went with griots for the lifetime warranty and the 800 watts and 8 amps ...
Thanks for all the tips all..picked up some of the cg stuff as well...I will let you all know how it goes!
IIRC, the Griots orbital does not allow different sized (especially smaller) backing plates that you would use to correct smaller spaces on the car. Trust me, there are tons of smaller spaces on the E9* M3. That's why I recommended the PC.
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      05-20-2010, 10:29 PM   #7
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I think the new verz enables you to take the plate off...not 100% sure but thats what i heard. What size backing plate would you recommend for the small spaces? I def want to pick up the right tools for this job...Thanks for all the tips Eclipsis, greatly appreciate it...
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No problem, this is what you want: http://www.chemicalguys.com/Backing_...lc_bp_da_3.htm

The pads are linked at the bottom of that page.
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After I clay & Polish should I do a 50/50 IPA or quick detailer to clean up the panels and ensure no polish remains?
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Eclipsis- thanks for the write-up... just ordered a bunch of stuff you recommended.
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Eclipsis- thanks for the write-up... just ordered a bunch of stuff you recommended.
Am I the only one with obsessive compulsive disorder who puts their M3 up on jack stands and then proceeds to clean and polish the underside and all the suspension parts?




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So thoughts on using alcohol 50/50 to wipe down a car after polishing to make sure polish is off?
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Am I the only one with obsessive compulsive disorder who puts their M3 up on jack stands and then proceeds to clean and polish the underside and all the suspension parts?
Probably.

That said, more power to you, looks awesome. Can you give a short list of supplies you use and techniques?
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[quote=JIO;7366471]Am I the only one with obsessive compulsive disorder who puts their M3 up on jack stands and then proceeds to clean and polish the underside and all the suspension parts?

Looks to me like those are a bit better than the average persons jack stands.
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Eclipsis, i have read quite a few threads where you discuss detailing, first one where you link the detail of the M3 and have come to the conclusion that you know your shit... i have gone through this list of items you put on there, but at CB site they have this setup:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/DETAILIN..._p/hol_107.htm
what do you think about this? is it worth it? maybe throw in a few more items? i am also expecting delivery of a JerezBlack M soon and would like a great detail kit... i have experience detailing, but this is the first time im actually researching the products. usually used maguires or turtle wax on my other vehicles and never really paid attention other than that it looked good... anyway, help? thanks!
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Am I the only one with obsessive compulsive disorder who puts their M3 up on jack stands and then proceeds to clean and polish the underside and all the suspension parts?
Impressive! How do you go about the cleaning?
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I talked with a couple of detailing buddies and it made sense to me. If the car has been produced to be delivered to your door, the curing time for paint is generally 30 days. I would hold off from anything but a basic sealant until that time has elapsed. (I use collonite).
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I talked with a couple of detailing buddies and it made sense to me. If the car has been produced to be delivered to your door, the curing time for paint is generally 30 days. I would hold off from anything but a basic sealant until that time has elapsed. (I use collonite).
Yep 30 days is about right. I know those of us in Germany that pick our cars up have to wait a couple weeks before we do anything to the paint in order to let the paint finish curing. I doubt it is much of a problem if you take delivery in the states.
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Also does it mean waiting 30 days to wash the car ?
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