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      04-25-2011, 03:49 AM   #1
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New Frozen Black M3 ZCP waxed and detailed no problem!

So I got my new frozen black car detailed! It is perfectly possible to wax and care for frozen paint (see BMW's warning against waxing/polishing), it just needs the right products. In this case, I bought some Swissvax Opaque wax and cleaners which have been developed for matt colours and got my detailer round to do his stuff.

I have cut and pasted his write up from his own site below. Mods - apologies for the watermarks on the photos etc. My guy only covers a small piece of the UK so hopefully isn't treading on any sponsors toes...

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The car was brand new only having been driven from the dealers home so was just covered in a very light layer of dust

Wheels cleaned in the usual manner with acid free cleaner and super degreaser. Then as it was a matt car (the finish is actually more satin than matt but anyway..) it was out with the Swissvax Opaque products.

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As the car was only very lightly dusty it was pre washed with just clean water and then shampoo'd with the Opaque shampoo. The arches were then dressed earlier than usual as any slight product overspray would need to be cleaned of with the cleaner fluid as part of the next stage.

Back indoors the Opaque cleaner was sprayed on...

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...spread and any greasy marks or bug splatter carefully rubbed with 1 MF cloth...

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...and then before the cleaner fluid dries naturally its wiped with another clean dry MF cloth till any residue has vanished.

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The wax was then applied with a foam pad and left to stand for 2-3 minutes per section, seen here applied to half the bonnet...

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The wax wipes on and buffs of easily. I found it best to remove with 2 MF cloths. 1st one to remove the worst of the residue and then a 2nd cleaner one to give a final 'smearless' wipe (as obviously it doesn't get clogged up with so much of the product... which is more greasy than regular waxes I felt).

You can see the subtle change to the depth of the paint here. Wax applied...

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..and removed but you can still see where it was applied...

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..and from the side.. still easy to see the difference after waxing...

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The rest of the paintwork was waxed panel at a time and left for 2-3 mins before buffing. The carbon roof was waxed with Zymol Vintage as this had a regular high gloss finish.

I've been using a newer CPX PERL product on the last few cars for plastics and rubbers. There are various dilution suggestions but I decided to just use it neat for the tyres and external plastics and the engine. Very simple to use.. just spray onto a foam pad and wipe on. I found I didn't need that much product to effectively cover a decent sized area (I had a 50ml sample and so far its done 3 cars plastics and tyres and I still have about 1/4 left)

The finish is lovely and not that shiny to look at and not at all greasy to touch. I've seen good reviews for the durability and from the feel of it on the tyres I'm hoping there will be no product sling either.

Big thumbs up from me and will definitely be ordering more of this product. Applied to the engine bay....

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Applying to the tyre (you can sort of see the 50/50)...

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You can also see it applied to the plastics and tyres of the owners GT3...

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Back to the M3... the interior was then vacuumed and leather treated with Zaino Z10. Glass treated with RainX, wheels and exhaust with Blackfire metal sealant.

The car was given a final wipe with the Opaque quick finish and rolled outside for a few final photos...

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Thanks for looking.
MY 2011 E92 M3, Frozen Black with black everything, ZCP, DCT.
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      04-25-2011, 04:36 AM   #2
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It looks fantastic, thanks for sharing. Keep us updated with long term use of the products.
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      04-25-2011, 05:10 AM   #3
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Looks great! Perhaps the first matte detail thread?
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      04-25-2011, 05:23 AM   #4
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Thumbs up

Once I seen M5 E60 with frozen carbon roof + frozen carbon tailgate and it has all frozen body + wheels with exhaust.
Your car looks amazing, I love it bro! I must see it live, frozen Black M3 E9X
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      04-25-2011, 05:52 AM   #5
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Very nice.

I use Swissvax Opaque on my Frozen Grey E90 ZCP, and it works a treat.

I am a detailing nut, and was a little skeptical about purchasing a first matt finish paintwork. But I must say that the Swissvax Opaque system is easy to use, and makes maintaining the matt finish a breeze - I dare say easier than a gloss paintwork.
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      04-25-2011, 06:06 AM   #6
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very nice
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      04-25-2011, 08:56 AM   #7
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however it seems like you'd spend more time cleaning that car than actually driving it b/c of its matte
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      04-25-2011, 09:19 AM   #9
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Very nice!
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      04-25-2011, 12:51 PM   #11
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Alleviates all of my concerns about the matte finish and not being able to wax it. Brilliant!!!
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      04-25-2011, 01:08 PM   #12
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well done, your car looks amazing
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      04-25-2011, 03:29 PM   #13
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I gotta say i've never seen a matte finish detailed and waxed before. Thanks for the pictures!
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      04-25-2011, 03:59 PM   #14
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That looks amazing.
You've set the new bar for all matt finish cars.
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      04-25-2011, 04:02 PM   #15
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I think a requirement of driving that car should be at least two confirmed kills (bare-handed).
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moar pics of the superleggera por favor?
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      04-26-2011, 02:05 AM   #18
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      04-26-2011, 02:22 AM   #20
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Awesome! My only question is what happens when you eventually get swirls or scratches?
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      04-26-2011, 02:31 AM   #21
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Amazing Brotha...NICE JOB!!!
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Originally Posted by bunnn View Post
Awesome! My only question is what happens when you eventually get swirls or scratches?
polish it and turn the paint into metallic black
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