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ALEX325i
03-10-2002, 07:30 PM
Saturday, 03/09/02 7:50AM

This is my baby after a tough week...

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P3090001.JPG

The shine was all gone...

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P3090004.JPG

And this is me trying to beat Alan F. :D

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P3090003.JPG


Sunday, 03/10/02 ~5:50PM

After 6 1/2 hours of intense labor - damn, I'm sore - this is how my baby looks like now... :thumb: (just for the record: I did this over the weekend. I guess my OCD level is still under control :rolleyes: I couldn't waste my whole Saturday or Sunday working on my car...)

Mandatory landscape pic (I know, no big deal, but these pix were taken at sunset)

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010014.JPG

And the mandatory hood pix...

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010017.JPG

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010018.JPG

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010032.JPG

To be continued...

ALEX325i
03-10-2002, 07:37 PM
Does this look "wet" :angel: or what?

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010023.JPG

Also, I woke up this morning feeling like taking care of my M3 after a whole day of fun yesterday (good wash + Z6 only - this baby was Zainoed almost 2 months ago - Zaino ROCKS)...

Mandatory landscape pic...

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010008.JPG

Happy family (bike hasn't been Zainoed - yet that is)...

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010021.JPG

BMW - there's no substitute... :thumb:

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/P1010015.JPG

Sean
03-10-2002, 08:19 PM
It looks incredible! :D :thumb:

If your ever decided to sell your 325i, let me know. Seriously.

alee
03-10-2002, 08:21 PM
Holy crap Alex... awesome! :thumb: :thumb: :D

How was using the PC? The results look spectacular!

ALEX325i
03-10-2002, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by Sean
It looks incredible! :D :thumb:

If your ever decided to sell your 325i, let me know. Seriously.

Sure, I'll let you know. However, I don't see that happening before the upcoming S3 hits our showrooms (2004?)... I'll keep that in mind though... :thumb:

ALEX325i
03-10-2002, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by alee
Holy crap Alex... awesome! :thumb: :thumb: :D

How was using the PC? The results look spectacular!

Al, it couldn't have been easier (and safer). It took me 6 1/2 hours from start to finish (Dawn, clay, wash, etc.). I think it took a bit too long because I was being VERY careful... I may be able to cut that in at least 1 1/2 hours next time... :thumb:

You GOTTA get one! I can only imagine the results you would achieve... :thumb:

ALEX325i
03-10-2002, 08:43 PM
Oops, forgot to mention something Al...

The best thing about the PC is that you end up with that thin layer of Z5/Z2 that is very hard to end up with by hand... :thumb: Buffing it off (by hand with Griot's micro fiber polish removal cloths) was very easy... :thumb:

Mike 325xi
03-10-2002, 09:01 PM
Damn Alex...that looks incredible!!! You are right in the Ripsnort/alee class of shine...nice...amazingly nice :thumb:

Are you in Tampa Palms?? Those buildings look like ones in Tampa Palms right down the street from my mother's house...just wondering...

ALEX325i
03-10-2002, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by Mike 325xi
Damn Alex...that looks incredible!!! You are right in the Ripsnort/alee class of shine...nice...amazingly nice :thumb:

Are you in Tampa Palms?? Those buildings look like ones in Tampa Palms right down the street from my mother's house...just wondering...

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the kind words! :thumb: But I'm pretty sure I still have to improve a LOT before I get there...

When I lived in NY, I would wax my cars once a year (summer) and have them washed at a hand car wash near the complex I lived in... :yikes: I just couldn't bring myself to wash/detail my cars... It's not like I didn't want to, but LI is WAY too cold... :(

No, the complex I live in nowadays is in West Tampa - near Palm Harbor and Clearwater. Off of Hillsborough Ave. I'm saving every penny now to buy a house... I think "sunny" FL (81F at noon today) is my place on earth... :D Suggestions? I've been living here for almost a year now and still don't know the area very well... :yikes:

Edit:

Credit where it's due - if it weren't for Rip/Alee replying to my dumb questions via PM, I would still be "detailing impaired"... Big time!

Imola Ed
03-11-2002, 12:06 AM
Looks great :thumb:

Just washed and touched up mine today as well. I've actually never cleaned it as much as I did today. I think my condition is worsening. But I least I have company :D

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 05:56 AM
Originally posted by ALEX325i
I'm saving every penny now to buy a house...

First....Alex the car(s) look fantastic:thumb: I'm sure that Al and Rip are both proud of the results:D The bonus for you is that you do not need the scuba gear like those of us in "balmy" PA.

As for the house purchase.....good luck in getting to your goal:thumb: It may take you a while since it appears as though you'll need a 3 or maybe 4 car garage to have a nice home for all those toys:yikes: Pictures of both cars and the bike and all your cleaning supplies in a nice big garage will surely make Al's day:cry: :D

alee
03-11-2002, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT
Pictures of both cars and the bike and all your cleaning supplies in a nice big garage will surely make Al's day:cry: :D
His office probably even has a DOOR. :mad:

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 06:12 AM
Originally posted by alee

His office probably even has a DOOR. :mad:
Don't we all have doors on our offices:dunno: Al I can loan you one since I've been working out of 2 locations lately, both with doors and one even has a nice window:D

alee
03-11-2002, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT

Don't we all have doors on our offices:dunno: Al I can loan you one since I've been working out of 2 locations lately, both with doors and one even has a nice window:D
It's a deal, but only if I don't have to get the pointy hair.

http://www.toonopedia.com/dilbert.jpg

Guest84
03-11-2002, 06:30 AM
Its not that Rip "wouldn't"...its that he "Couldn't"...don't have any Zaino here.:)

Incredible pics! Great job Alex!

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 06:49 AM
Originally posted by alee

It's a deal, but only if I don't have to get the pointy hair.

http://www.toonopedia.com/dilbert.jpg
Boy am I glad I go for the clipper cut:D

Mike 325xi
03-11-2002, 07:08 AM
Originally posted by ALEX325i



No, the complex I live in nowadays is in West Tampa - near Palm Harbor and Clearwater. Off of Hillsborough Ave. I'm saving every penny now to buy a house... I think "sunny" FL (81F at noon today) is my place on earth... :D Suggestions? I've been living here for almost a year now and still don't know the area very well... :yikes:

You've got mail!! re: some housing suggestions in the area :thumb:

SacM3
03-11-2002, 08:54 AM
Looks awesome! I spent a few hours on Saturday giving the baby another coat of Zaino, just wish I had some sun to shine on it like you do!

johnlew
03-11-2002, 08:58 AM
I've got you all beat. Took mine to the "touchless" wash Sat. P.M., got most (but not all) of the salt and grime off and wiped off with a warm, damp towel on Sun. after the frozen water left on the car thawed in the garage. Looks AWESOME:thumb:





Hurry up spring, car's looking to be BLITZED!

ALEX325i
03-11-2002, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT


The bonus for you is that you do not need the scuba gear like those of us in "balmy" PA.

Oh, I sure do. It's just that I save it for the Keys... :D

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/File0001.jpg

ALEX325i
03-11-2002, 10:28 AM
Originally posted by Mike 325xi

You've got mail!! re: some housing suggestions in the area :thumb:

Thanks Mike,

As soon as my mailserver is back up, I'll check it out. :thumb:

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by ALEX325i


Oh, I sure do. It's just that I save it for the Keys... :D

http://members.roadfly.com/mosal01/File0001.jpg
Not sure if you or Vexed is the biggest Bastage :dunno:

Both of you live in preferable climates, but the fact that you have an //M to go with the 325 probably makes you the Ultimate Fest Bastage aka UFB of BMWs:mad:

j/k Alex:D

ALEX325i
03-11-2002, 10:33 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT

Not sure if you or Vexed is the biggest Bastage :dunno:

Both of you live in preferable climates, but the fact that you have an //M to go with the 325 probably makes you the Ultimate Fest Bastage aka UFB of BMWs:mad:

j/k Alex:D

:lmao: :lmao:

alee
03-11-2002, 10:39 AM
Originally posted by ALEX325i
:lmao: :lmao:
Hmmmm, I'm not laughing. :mad: :mad:

:D

ALEX325i
03-11-2002, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by alee

His office probably even has a DOOR. :mad:

I wish!!! I'm in a nice, comfortable cubicle just like you Al :( But to be honest with you, I wouldn't like to be in an office in my company's Tampa office... They have no windows. Next time I'm in the office, I'll take a pic of the view from my cube... ;)

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by ALEX325i


I wish!!! I'm in a nice, comfortable cubicle just like you Al :( But to be honest with you, I wouldn't like to be in an office in my company's Tampa office... They have no windows. Next time I'm in the office, I'll take a pic of the view from my cube... ;)
Who knew you guys were cubicles brothers:dunno: I guess that fact that Al is sans the //M and garage confused the rest of us:dunno:

Feeling the love today Al?????:D

alee
03-11-2002, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT
Feeling the love today Al?????:D
I FEEL THE LOVE!

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 11:01 AM
Originally posted by alee

I FEEL THE LOVE!
:thumb: :thumb: :D :D

My day is now made.............Thanks Al:)

vexed
03-11-2002, 11:03 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT

:thumb: :thumb: :D :D

My day is now made.............Thanks Al:)

What's going on....it's a real love fest today:dunno:

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 11:05 AM
Originally posted by vexed


What's going on....it's a real love fest today:dunno:
Must be the Monday blues bringing us all together:dunno:

vexed
03-11-2002, 11:10 AM
Originally posted by PM 325xiT

Must be the Monday blues bringing us all together:dunno:

Hmm....every time I see Alex's CB M3 I do get the blues.:rolleyes:

Dr. Phil
03-11-2002, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by vexed


Hmm....every time I see Alex's CB M3 I do get the blues.:rolleyes:
Join the club........I think we all feel the same:(

ALEX325i
03-11-2002, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by Ripsnort
Its not that Rip "wouldn't"...its that he "Couldn't"...don't have any Zaino here.:)

Incredible pics! Great job Alex!

Oh, c'mon Rip... I offered you some from my private stash... You're too addicted to Griot's stuff... :tsk:

:D (J/K) I was just teasing ya with that title... :D I'd really like to see what you could accomplish with your PC skills + Zaino... I think we would be able to see the engine in the hood pic... :D

Thanks for all the tips. Much appreciated! :thumb: