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Forum: The Detail Department 03-30-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By Totoland
He's not a Bimmer but hails from Germany...a...

He's not a Bimmer but hails from Germany...a definite working animal!

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Forum: The Detail Department 03-30-2009, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By Totoland
I'm doing fine...busy as heck with cars AND a 2nd...

I'm doing fine...busy as heck with cars AND a 2nd job as a K-9 handler for explosive detection dogs as well as drug detection. The company has a contract with Treasury for screening all incoming...
Forum: The Detail Department 01-09-2009, 03:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By Totoland
On a metal hood, I typically wet sand with an air...

On a metal hood, I typically wet sand with an air powered orbital and 3M Trizact 3000 grit pads (about $7 each). Then compound and wool or foam (whichever pad gives me the best results. Follow that...
Forum: The Detail Department 12-20-2008, 02:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By Totoland
Black 530i from Horrible to Honorable

Boy: this was a monster to do! The entire finish was badly swirled and scratched. And, of course, it is Black.

Here's what I faced at the start:
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Forum: The Detail Department 12-04-2008, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By Totoland
06 Graphite 330Xi

I think that's the name of the color anyway. Pretty good condition and decent miles (41/k), so it was a "quickie" (only 20 hours) for me LOL.

Used 3M Perfect-It 3000 with a wool pad for the...
Forum: The Detail Department 11-01-2008, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By Totoland
That it is! But, this one is portable within the...

That it is! But, this one is portable within the shop and doesn't have posts to get in the way. I looked at one made in Indiana or Ohio that was $1,800 or so and had a 6,000 Lb rating.

Toto
Forum: The Detail Department 11-01-2008, 04:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By Totoland
It's from Snap-On but I don't know the model...

It's from Snap-On but I don't know the model number. Pretty expensive (as most Snap-On stuff is) but there are less expensive ones out there. Do a Google search and you'll find some that are in the...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-31-2008, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By Totoland
Very cool! We all thought we would go there,...

Very cool! We all thought we would go there, kick butt, and be home in 6 months..yea, right! I started out on 4.2" mortars and 105's, then someone asked if I could type. That ended field duty and...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-30-2008, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By Totoland
dboy: Auto Magic's Magic Dressing. Greasy,...

dboy: Auto Magic's Magic Dressing. Greasy, oily, smeary, solvent based product. Smear a bunch on and let it soak a while. Then wipe off the remaining excess with an old terry towel. It will last...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-30-2008, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By Totoland
1988 M5 Finished (with care)

Finally finished this project for the dealer!

The paint was very thin and single stage, so extra care had to be used. And, I managed to burn through an edge on the lower front fender. We knew...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-30-2008, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By Totoland
The boards are used to get the car aligned...

The boards are used to get the car aligned correctly for the lift. Plus, with low cars such as the Z Series, you need the additional couple of inches to clear the lift arms.

Off Topic: Nice...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-28-2008, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By Totoland
Sure Ron: with sealants (Zaino, Wolfgang,...

Sure Ron: with sealants (Zaino, Wolfgang, Meguiar's M21, etc) I use a finish pad on the rotary and polish the area until the sealant is clear...no haze whatsoever. This leaves a nice, clear finish...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-24-2008, 06:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 646
Posted By Totoland
1988 M5 E28 Black resto

This is a 1 owner M5 that the dealer is keeping for his personal collection. Even with 100/k on the odometer, it's in great shape.

The paint is original single stage black and has been compounded...
Forum: The Detail Department 10-15-2008, 05:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By Totoland
The "lighter" side of Bimmer detailing

No, I don't have any jokes in these strange economic times, but I did detail some light colored Bimmers:

06 530Xi. The previous owner took exceptional care of this car! Clear bra when new, zero...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-22-2008, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 928
Posted By Totoland
Nice, Nice, Nice.... I like that light! Is...

Nice, Nice, Nice....

I like that light! Is it as good as the 3M Sun Gun?

Toto
Forum: The Detail Department 09-17-2008, 03:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,755
Posted By Totoland
Thanks for the compliment! Much appreciated" ...

Thanks for the compliment! Much appreciated"

That product you use would probably be 3M Ultrafina SE and I use it on all dark color Bimmers. It does work well and it easy to apply/remove.
...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-16-2008, 04:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,755
Posted By Totoland
The alcohol/water wipe down is only used after...

The alcohol/water wipe down is only used after compounding. It removes any oils and lets you see if you missed some scratches.

You are correct about lighting. Most shops I've seen have...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-14-2008, 04:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,755
Posted By Totoland
In a manner of speaking, YES. Over the years,...

In a manner of speaking, YES. Over the years, I've learned that the less I use mf towels to wipe away my work, the less chance there is to re-introduce light scratching. By using a foam finish pad...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-13-2008, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 966
Posted By Totoland
I use a lot of 3M because I think the BMW dealer...

I use a lot of 3M because I think the BMW dealer is: a) on the 3M Board of Directors or, b) has a 3M tattoo somewhere LOL.

Seriously: The 3M compounds are used by a lot of body shops, but changes...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-13-2008, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,755
Posted By Totoland
Mook: The scratch situation really calls for a...

Mook: The scratch situation really calls for a rotary and compounding session before you proceed to polishing. I used a pc for several years and really started using the rotary at the BMW (used)...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-07-2008, 01:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,090
Posted By Totoland
Phil: SUPERB JOB! That was definitely in the...

Phil: SUPERB JOB! That was definitely in the Swirl-O-Matic category before you worked on it.

Outstanding Sir!

Toto
Forum: The Detail Department 08-30-2008, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By Totoland
Pretty good finish, considering what I started...

Pretty good finish, considering what I started with. In "natural" light and given the position of the bumper relative to the rest of the car....it looks very acceptable. Obviously, the bumper would...
Forum: The Detail Department 08-29-2008, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By Totoland
A difficult Black 530i to recondition

This black 530i was definitely a "road" car....50/k in 2 years!

The front bumper was peppered with stone chips, so the first thing I did was wetsand it to try to level the paint.
...
Forum: The Detail Department 08-18-2008, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,310
Posted By Totoland
Black 645Ci Frustration with soft clear coat - Working on a different process/product

Boy: this car has super soft clear coat! 2004 model with a 'very' swirled finish to say the least!

Here's a representative sample...the entire car was like this!
...
Forum: The Detail Department 08-17-2008, 09:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,579
Posted By Totoland
GREAT Job on a very tough car to get...

GREAT Job on a very tough car to get "right"....especially the lower rocker areas.

NOTE: Use whatever you're comfortable with. There are so many good products out there it really comes down to...
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