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      10-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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Damn, this stuff works!

I don't usually post my detailing pics, because there are so many others that are way better at it than I am. But, have to say I'm pretty proud of the result today - this is the passenger door of my Jerez M, straight on reflection

You know you've done good work when your wife calls the kids down to come see

EDIT:>> Added a few more pics, outside on a cloudy day

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      10-22-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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Nice work! What was used?
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      10-22-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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Thx bro. Here's what I used:
  1. Porter Cable
  2. Menzerna Power Finish on 4.5" Lake Country white pads
  3. BlackFire Wet Diamond sealant on 4.5" Lake Country black pads. Hadn't used BlackFire before, it was great - went on easily, and deepened the shine.

This is only the second time I've tried polishing myself, will definitely do it again (but damn, took a long time!). And BTW, your M looks great in your sig pic
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      10-22-2012, 11:26 PM   #4
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Thx bro. Here's what I used:
  1. Porter Cable
  2. Menzerna Power Finish on 4.5" Lake Country white pads
  3. BlackFire Wet Diamond sealant on 4.5" Lake Country black pads. Hadn't used BlackFire before, it was great - went on easily, and deepened the shine.

This is only the second time I've tried polishing myself, will definitely do it again (but damn, took a long time!). And BTW, your M looks great in your sig pic
Very nice. Well looks like your hard work has paid off and thanks for the compliment!
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Before I even read this I seriously thought you took a picture of your family looking into a mirror. Excellent work must have take a lot of time. Wish I was this committed to detailing my car but after an hr or so I just finish it off quick.
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      10-22-2012, 11:53 PM   #6
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Seriously nice results

Have you considered using a larger diameter pad? I find on larger panels it cuts down on time..but it requires a bit more hand pressure..
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wow thats impressive. can we see some more views of your work on the car?
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That looks awesome. Next time you gotta take some befores and afters so we can see the changes!

I am going to try to do a winter detailing of my M3 soon. Maybe I'll do a post of mine. The befores will be pretty rough, lol...
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Looks good. Nice work!
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wow thats impressive. can we see some more views of your work on the car?
Absolutely - I'm waiting for the sun to come out
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great job! I thought it was just a pic of your family in a mirror as well.
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      10-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #12
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Pics added.

Yolkster, thanks for the advice. A buddy of mine recommended 4.5" pads because he felt you can more accurately apply pressure, and they can get into tighter corners, so I bought those. I do have a larger diameter backing plate, but am guessing the smaller pads only cost me an extra 30 minutes or so.

The time involved wasn't really the polishing, it was the washing - clay bar - re-wash - polish - sealant, plus my inexperience with the process.

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Yolkster, thanks for the advice. A buddy of mine recommended 4.5" pads because he felt you can more accurately apply pressure, and they can get into tighter corners, so I bought those. I do have a larger diameter backing plate, but am guessing the smaller pad only cost me an extra 30 minutes or so.

The time involved wasn't really the polishing, it was the washing - clay bar - re-wash - polish - sealant, plus my inexperience with the process.

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WOW. Car looks AMAZING!! I too thought that was a pic of yourand your family looking into a mirror. Some day Ill attempt this. I have an orbital but am to scared to burn into the finish. Gonna have to practice on my daily first.
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Looks awesome man. More pics!
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Nicely done. It really show how much hard work you put into achieving that reflection.
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