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mikenap
06-27-2011, 03:13 PM
Recently I had the pleasure of working on a newer BMW 335i in gorgeous Le Mans Blue. This car is only about 6 months old, but the owner washes it himself either by hand(carefully!) or through touchless washes. As such, the paint was in great shape so after discussing some options with him, we decided a simple one-step polish and protect would be perfect for this car. We were just looking to clean it up and give it some shine. Also, he takes good care of the interior, so this would be exterior only.

One note: the owner opted for a euro delivery of his car, so while he had the awesome experience of driving his new car on the autobahn, I had the nightmarish experience of removing his euro license plate. I don't know what kind of adhesive they used, but it's not too far from welding...:mad: Luckily, the adhesive came off the car pretty well, but I wanted to remove it from the plate too. I tried soaking in hot water, APC+, Goo Gone, 3M adhesive remover and steam. I couldn't get it completely off.:cry:
Process:

Wheels and tires cleaned with Brown Royal wheel cleaner
Wheel wells cleaned with APC+ and Shampoo Plus
Exhaust tips cleaned with APC+, polished with 0000 steel wool and M105, and sealed with DG105
Wheels sealed with DG105
Tires dressed with Opti-Bond 1:1

Washed with DP Rinseless. I got this stuff on a whim, and it's pretty much functionally the same as ONR. Except pink. And smells like bubble gum.
Clayed with Clay Magic blue and ONR for clay lube

Polished with M205/MF cutting pad on GG6

LSP was Clearkote Carnauba Moose Wax
DG Aquawax on glass
Optimum Car Wax inside the door jambs

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0831.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0846.jpg

Although no interior work was requested, during the initial consultation I'd seen that there was overspray from 303 Aerospace on the door sills and doors. I forgot to take after pictures, but I wiped it down with Optimum Power Clean so he can start with a clean slate.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0833.jpg

There was some 303 overspray on the inside of the windshield too, so that was taken care of. You can see the after pics to follow.

Some before pictures. Didn't take many since the car was in overall good shape.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0835.jpg

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http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0842.jpg

After pictures

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0860.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc50/micnap/Le%20Mans%20blue%20335/DSCN0862.jpg

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Thanks for looking!

masti99
07-05-2011, 08:49 AM
Sweet job :)

mikenap
07-06-2011, 12:38 PM
Sweet job :)

Thank you!:thumbup:

gmblack3
08-09-2011, 10:22 PM
Great work Mike!

mikenap
08-09-2011, 10:41 PM
Great work Mike!

Thanks Bryan. I didn't know you were here too!

I had another detailer stop by to lend a hand too. Maybe you recognize a certain blue HHR in the background? :D

jfs356
08-10-2011, 10:37 AM
That looks awesome, super wet looking. Glad you able to get the adhesive off front bumper, no plate looks so much cleaner.

Hasek9339
08-28-2011, 06:54 PM
very nice!

mikenap
08-28-2011, 09:03 PM
Thanks guys. Appreciate the kind words!

kennytlu
08-31-2011, 04:41 PM
May I ask what product you used to clean the exhaust tip?

kennytlu
08-31-2011, 04:44 PM
I'm not familiar with DG105.

mikenap
08-31-2011, 07:22 PM
May I ask what product you used to clean the exhaust tip?

I'm not familiar with DG105.

Sorry, I forget sometimes that "detailspeak" is a second language for those of us on dedicated detailing forums. But in the real world, it's all gibberish!:)

I cleaned the inside of the exhaust tips with Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner Plus, diluted 4:1 with water, then agitated with a Daytona Wheel brush- a demoted one with a broken handle.

After that, I used Meguiars M105 Compound and 0000 steel wool to scrub the carbon build up from the inside of the tips.

Lastly, I applied Duragloss 105 polish/sealant to protect the exhaust tips.

Thanks!

kennytlu
09-01-2011, 10:32 AM
Thanks. I've got everything but the Duragloss 105. I'll pick it up on my next purchase. Nice job on the detail.

:)

mikenap
09-01-2011, 12:07 PM
Thanks. I've got everything but the Duragloss 105. I'll pick it up on my next purchase. Nice job on the detail.

:)

Thanks! Honestly, I only used the DG105 because it's one of the longest-lasting sealants I have. I've only heard good things about Blackfire All Metal Sealant, and if I'd had that I would have used it instead. It is supposed to last a good while on hot surfaces like the exhaust. If you're going to place an order, get the Blackfire instead and let us know your thoughts!