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      05-08-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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As I mentioned in my other thread, I recently took delivery of my new car. I made sure the dealer did not prep it before delivery as I wanted to do this entirely myself. I also wanted to try out a new paint sealant, CQuartz, which is suppose to last 2 years and help minimize light swirls and marring.

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2011 E92 M3 - Jerez Black
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OEM Edition black grilles and gills (compliments of Nate@IND)
Painted reflectors (compliments of Nate@IND)
MS spacers 10mm front and 5mm rear (compliments of Nate@IND)
Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires (245/35 front and 275/35 rear)

I wanted spacers but did NOT want an aggressive fitment. 10mm is perfect for the front and it is just slightly shy of flush. 5mm on the rear is pretty darn flush with 275 tires. All of the "rumours" that 10mm and 5mm spacers won't work are not true. Nate confirmed this as will I. The 10mm MS spacers have a tapered inner lip so that they fit absolutely flush to the hub... no issue as all. The 5mm spacer still left enough lip to properly mount the tires. I am a novice at this (relatively) and had zero fitment issues. I like the more subtle look as the wheels are flush but not sticking out at all and I don't need to worry about rubbing, etc.

I will install my Lux H8 V3s tonight.

The spring detail:

As mentioned, I made sure the dealer did NOT prep the car for me on delivery. Even with that, there was some swirling and a few areas where the finish looked very dull and matte. I was very excited to try CQuartz on this car and am VERY happy with not only the result but the ease of application... probably one of the easiest sealants I have ever used.

- Wash (TBM) with Chemical Guys Maxi Suds II
- P21S TAW as needed
- CQuartz IronX... spray on dwell... agitate lightly
- Claybar (Riccardo Blue) with FK425 as the lubricant
- Rewash the car
- Polish with Menzerna Power Finish and a combo of 4" orange and white pads on my PC
- Menzerna Top Inpection after each panel
- 90/10 Isopropyl/Dawn wipedown
- Wash with Dawn to a very squeeky clean in preparation for CQuartz
- First coat of CQuartz (used cotton pads from Shoppers Drug Mart which were much better than the supplied pads)
- Next morning... second coat of CQuartz
- Will apply Reload next weekend
- For the wheels, removed them from the car and applied Powerlock to one side and CQuartz to the other... let's see how it holds up.
- Duragloss 253 Tire Dressing (by far my favourite)

The paint was flawless before CQuartz application and it really brought out the gloss in the paint. I can't say enough about how happy I am with CQuartz... it will be VERY interesting to see how durable it is.

The detail took around 10 hours start to finish over 2 days. Interior detail is next weekend A lot of work but, for me, very rewarding and a LOT of fun. Now it is just the maintenance which, on a comparative basis, is EASY


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Front... pretty flush (for my taste) with 10mm spacer


Rear... again, pretty flush (for my taste) with 5mm spacer




Is this a mirror? NO, it's the side of the car






VERY happy with the stance with the ZCP wheels and 10/5 spacers.

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Looking great!

I noticed that you removed the wheels for cleaning/detailing. You just using a standard jack for that? Do you have a torque wrench? My jacks are long gone, I should probably invest in a new one and some stands.
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      05-08-2011, 12:32 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot for your review, but what is the benefir of CQuartz? Is it like 3M all over your car? No more Chip marks? I am really interested in knowing that. Plus, where did you buy CQuartz from?

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Looking great!

I noticed that you removed the wheels for cleaning/detailing. You just using a standard jack for that? Do you have a torque wrench? My jacks are long gone, I should probably invest in a new one and some stands.
I have a racing jack (i.e. low profile), torque wrench and jack stands. Only took about 45 minutes including spacer install.
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Thanks a lot for your review, but what is the benefir of CQuartz? Is it like 3M all over your car? No more Chip marks? I am really interested in knowing that. Plus, where did you buy CQuartz from?

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It will NOT replace a clear bra. It is a ceramic coat that gives good protection and "helps" with very light swirling and marring. Won't help with chips at all. It might help a bit with the normal marring that occurs from washing, drying, etc.
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JB!!! looks so nice when clean!!!!
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Plus, where did you buy CQuartz from?

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Nice Heath! Looks amazing, yet understated. Interesting read on the CQuartz. Please keep us posted.

A light tint perhaps? Silver-coated turn signal PSY24W bulbs?
What's next?!?
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Nice Heath! Looks amazing, yet understated. Interesting read on the CQuartz. Please keep us posted.

A light tint perhaps? Silver-coated turn signal PSY24W bulbs?
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I will do a tint in the coming weeks and the Lux H8s need to be installed. I ran out of energy this weekend. After that, I'm done for a while.
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Nice. Interested in you review on the Lux v3s.
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Looks really nice - thanks for the redirect form the CQuartz thread.

You mentioned the gloss was brought out after application - any difference in the colour ? lighter/darker ? May be hard to tell on such a dark colour to start with.

Looking forward to updates on the protection/appearance.

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Looks really nice - thanks for the redirect form the CQuartz thread.

You mentioned the gloss was brought after application - any difference in the colour ? lighter/darker ? May be hard to tell on such a dark colour to start with.

Looking forward to updates on the protection/appearance.
No apparent difference in color that I could discern. It seems to have brought out the metallic flake a bit.
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Very nice! You seem pretty knowledgeable when it comes to detailing, I could probably learn a few things from you lol.
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