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      06-02-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Full Wet Sand, Polish, CQuartz Finest

FINALLY! Jet Black perfected. Not bad for 4 year old paint. First impressions of CQuartz Finest-

Surface feels like a primo wax job, not "rubbery" like some have complained about CQuartz. There is a major difference in the two products.

The shine is stunning. Pix only do partial justice. Paint really looks like it's under glass. I wanted zero swirl, show car paint. Got it!

Had to drive 17 miles home from the detailers, so the car got pretty dusted but not nearly like that drive would normally leave on the car. One tout is CQ Finest supposedly has a powerful lotus effect on dust. That was first evidence it's true. I made a point of working the brakes hard to see if brake dust stuck less. The pix below are after the drive. Big diff as witnessed by the front wheels.

Supposedly bugs stick less. I tried flicking at one with a fingernail and it popped right off. Another good sign.

Have not washed yet. Waiting for the correct products coming from CarPro. But that is going to be the acid test.

Note on wet sanding- this was gut wrenching. The sole purpose is to reduce the amount of BMW's famous clear coat orange peel. I managed to have a lot of it removed without a serious reduction in paint thickness, but Connor fought hard to get the holograms out and the surface perfected. Be sure to have an expert with lots of references do this step. Easy to seriously F it up with the only recourse a repaint.

Note On CQuartz Finest- only qualified detail shops can purchase and apply this version of the ceramic nano-coat. Still, make sure they do two coats. If possible cure the car in low humidity direct sun after at least 24 hours (helps the hardening phase) and don't get it wet for a good 48 hrs.

Will post a link to the correction process pix once Connor sends them over.

Big Big Shout Out to Greg at Gbrock's Auto, Roman at ESS, Tom at EAS, Connor Harrison and CH Detailing in Madison, WI for the fantastic paint correction and CQuartzF application, Corey at Car Pro, and to all of you posters for your advice here, wise (and otherwise ) Very much appreciated.

Only thing left now is a 1" drop on KW springs and a supercharger.
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      06-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #2
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The Before Pic!

This is where the paint was before Connor got on the wheel
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Looks great and yes wet sanding is not for the faint of heart or skill. Don't try this at home without practicing on something old first. Orange peel is so annoying but not sure I want to sacrifice enough clear to get rid of it. Wash with care and enjoy.
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      06-02-2014, 02:01 PM   #4
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Thanks! Yeah I had it professionally done. Too easy to ruin the paint on sharp edges and corners, etc.
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      06-02-2014, 02:13 PM   #5
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Go Connor! Dude knows his stuff. I should have made him wet sand mine... ;x
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      06-02-2014, 02:18 PM   #6
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Connor is top shelf man. Really did a helluva job. When you look close at edges, curves, anywhere where the paint can be marred or burned, there is no damage. And right up to each light or trim piece is mirror perfect.
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Amazing!
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BTW that before pic was after the wet sanding, before final polishing.
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Looks great! Do you have any high res photos of the after?
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      06-03-2014, 09:30 PM   #10
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These pics were done with an older Canon sure shot but having some high res done next week. Will post after a good wash. Will be interesting to see if the water beading/slaking claims are true.
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Looks very good but the house is better
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FYI, I have had a few months with the cQuartz and I run mine through touchless car wash one or twice a week if I cannot get to washing it myself. It still beads like new and makes washing extremely simple.
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An update on my Jet Black. Unequivocally this is the best thing I have ever done to this BMW. Washing is effortless, beading is freakish and the best part..... NO SCRATCHES! This stuff wears like armor. I have given away all my Meguire's stuff, a box load. Now, just use my foam gun with Reset car wash, and Ultima Waterless Car Wash as a detailer spray. A tip- when you mix the Ultima from the concentrate use distilled or reverse osmosis water. Both are iron free.

Izzy was great to finally meet you at Lake Mills yesterday. Your car looks good, man!
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Was way cool to meet another M3 enthusiast! We are a rare breed in our neck of the woods. Your car looks awesome! Tried to find you on the way out but no dice. Hopefully you heard(or smelled anyways) when I left ;p


Good news, I sorted out my boost leak. Unfortunate news, it's overboosting lol. Spiked to 14.4 psi today on the on ramp. That was a kick in the pants for sure.
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Hi Def after photos

Hi res photos coming in from detailer now.
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Couple more hi res

Those sunbursts are not photoshopped
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Damn, that is so shinny! Really impressive!
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Looks awesome!!

Having mine done as we speak. Paint correction and CQuartz Finest. Get it back this weekend. I can't wait. Some prelim pics...
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      07-10-2014, 11:16 PM   #20
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I've had quartz finest on my m since last may. I really like the product but after a year it seems to be going away, I don't see the beading like i used to. But I'm wrapping the car frozen blue within 4 months so its no big deal.
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I've had quartz finest on my m since last may. I really like the product but after a year it seems to be going away, I don't see the beading like i used to. But I'm wrapping the car frozen blue within 4 months so its no big deal.

Have you been washing with Reset and using Ultima Waterless Car Wash for your detailing spray?
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I've had quartz finest on my m since last may. I really like the product but after a year it seems to be going away, I don't see the beading like i used to. But I'm wrapping the car frozen blue within 4 months so its no big deal.
that's weird. maybe bad application
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