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      06-15-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

Had a client come in for an extensive interior clean and a one step polish. He will hopefully be coming back for a full paintwork restoration.

I know the colour is hit and miss when it comes to everyones opinion but the
colour grew on me.

In anycase the vehicle was brought to me in extremely contaminated condition. There was a lot of claying needed. I used a total of 4 full clay bars. I usually only need 1. The interiors leather needed a lot of attention you will be able to tell by the pictures. You will also notice that I did a lot of cue tipping. I found it relaxing inbetween all the claying and polishing.

We will start with the interior pictures and then to the exterior.

Hope you enjoy.

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Wash
3 buckets
EZ Brush
2 Wheel Brushes
Cue Tips
P21S TAW
P21S Wheel Cleaner
P21S Metal Polish
Stoners Tarminator
Meguiars Gold Class
2 Sheep Skin Mitts
3 Chenille Mitts
32 ouch bottle and sprayer
4 Waffle Weave Towels

Clay
4 x Riccardo Yellow
Water and Soap 4:1 ratio
32 ounce Bottle and Sprayer

Paint Correction
Sonus White 6"
LCC White 4"
Menzerna Power Finish
Metabo
3M BP
RB BP
2 Halogens
3M Sun Gun
Fenix TK10

Interior
P21S TAW dilluted
Steamer
Ridgid Wet Vac
PB Leather Stuff
Folex
303 Aerospace Protectant
Tons of Microfibres
Stoners Invisible Glass

LSP
Zaino Z2Pro
Zaino Grand Finale

INTERIOR BEFORES






Grimy seat.















In these two pictures I was removing the dirt that was stuck on the excess grease on the seats track system with several cue tips.



This is what I pulled off the leather after steaming them. Steam was applied after a light rub down with P21S TAW, six parts water and one part p21s.


Leather being warmed up before application of Poorboys Leather Stuff ( I just loved the smell and the conditioning properties )

INTERIOR AFTERS








Now on to the exterior

BEFORES






























Just doing some drying with the compressor. They come in real handy for tight spots. It helps avoid little droplets of water when you're buffing and slightly vibrating the panels.

Now moving on to a few pictures of the paintwork that I had to work with.





Front plate holder. Dirty much? Yes, my final answer.

Next up are shots of the tips. I was feeling tired that day and just needed something not quite as physically exerting for at least a few minutes. The owner thought the tips were suppose to be matte silver but...





Next up are a shots of claying and I pulled the car back out as the sun started to peek out a little to get some sun shots of defects.









Hood test panel and correction.





Halogens were used for this 50/50. This was after 1 pass of Sonus white and power finish.




With 3M Sungun.



Trunk Corrected






After polishing before LSP

Cue Tipping FUN !
There was just grime everywhere. Trunk Keyhole, General Trunk area, Driver Side Keyhole, Between Panels, etc. etc. It was very relaxing for me. I am all about instant gratification and there is nothing like getting rid of grime with a cue tip and a little TAW.




























Swirled back light. The Driver side rear light was replaced and was swirl free. Only the passenger side rear light needed attention. The end result is in the afters area.

AFTERS

Now on to the moment I was personally looking forward to. Thanks again for hanging around this long.























Customer Pick up Pictures









Thanks for looking.
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      06-16-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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amazing job
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that car was in pretty bad shape. good work! i love that color. i hope bmw brings some special colors to the e9x M at some point (and not the special edition, because that is lame!)
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that car was in pretty bad shape. good work! i love that color. i hope bmw brings some special colors to the e9x M at some point (and not the special edition, because that is lame!)
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Wow. You are a god among men. Fantastic work!
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Very nice work! I hope the customer was pleased.
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/me bows to your obviously superior detailing skills.
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Awesome job man. Hey, out of curiosity, how much did you charge for that job (if you don't mind)? By the way, my cars are always immaculate; can't imagine somebody letting an M3 look like that, but that's where people like you come in . Take care.
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OC I am going to come down to T.O some time to let you detail my car looks great.
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that's one hellavu detail job!
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amazing job
Thank you and thanks for taking the time to read the thread.

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that car was in pretty bad shape. good work! i love that color. i hope bmw brings some special colors to the e9x M at some point (and not the special edition, because that is lame!)
Thanks ! The colour definitely grew on me. There is something exotic about the colour. People either love it or hate it. What can you do? Each their own

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Wow. You are a god among men. Fantastic work!
Thanks for the crazy comment. Much appreciated but I like to stay grounded Each job is a new challenge and needs special attention

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Very nice work! I hope the customer was pleased.
He was ! It's always the most nerve racking part when the customer takes delivery of the car. I want it to look it's best. I think I get more nervous with the customer than I do with the ladies. Thanks for looking !

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/me bows to your obviously superior detailing skills.
Thank you Just patience and all is good.

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Awesome job man. Hey, out of curiosity, how much did you charge for that job (if you don't mind)? By the way, my cars are always immaculate; can't imagine somebody letting an M3 look like that, but that's where people like you come in . Take care.
If you're interested about the cost just pm me. I don't like displaying prices on the forum. It's not very professional and I doubt the admins would like that

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OC I am going to come down to T.O some time to let you detail my car looks great.
Lebreeze you will be well looked after. Let me know when you're ready and I'll set you up. Thanks for taking the time to look.

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that's one hellavu detail job!
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      06-18-2009, 11:58 AM   #12
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Great job. I wish you were in the the SD and OC- Orange county, area...
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I've looked at this thread several times now- I love that color combo!
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Absolutely fatastic work! Probably better than off the showroom floor. I hobby detail and just love the feeling of a job well done. My only concern is that the owner of this car will let it deteriorate quickly. But then nothing is forever.
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      06-28-2009, 11:30 PM   #15
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I appreciate the comments guys. The colour is a love it or hate it for sure but like i said before the combo grew on me.

In terms of paint work going back to the way it was, it happens. As a detailer I can attempt to educate the best I can and hopefully at the very least they take away one thing on how to maintain the vehicle a little better however I have also realized to some they are simply toys and that's where I come in to maintain the toy
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