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Old 11-16-2011, 04:58 PM
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WesR x e90 M3(70 pics)

Hey everybody,

Just trying to catch up on write ups that are way overdue.

This was the first Interlagos Blue M3 I got a chance to work on and the fact that it was an e90 made it that much more interesting. The car was dropped off and left with me for a few days since the owner was heading out of town.



As usual the first walk around shots








I rinsed off the rims and then applied p21s wheel cleaner






While the wheel cleaner was working I moved on to the engine and exhaust

no during shots just befores and afters

before


after


after


and an artsy farsty shot


The exhaust was not to bad so just a microfibre mitt was needed


after


I turned on the car to let the engine run for a bit and blow out a little water in the exhaust. Man that Encore Titanium exhaust is LOUD



Finally got back to the wheels and started on the inner barrel with my Ez Brush


All foamed up


Did the face and behind the spokes with my microfibre mitt




And a wet after shot




Started rinsing down the car and noticed right away no wax was on the car which for me was a good thing for polishing but a bad thing for the car until it met me lol



No water beading = no wax




Started washing the car using the 2 bucket method and a natural sea sponge




Then dried off with my waffle weave towel




Brought it in the garage and began to clay bar the paint


The dirt the clay was picking up


I think someone ended up off the track




After the claying I measured the paint to see the levels I was working with








No repaints and nothing ridiculously thin
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:58 PM
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The swirls were not to deep and the paint just needed a 1 stage polish to bring it back up to par

I used my Flex orbital, Lake Country orange pads, and Menzera Powerfinish

Here are the before and after shots

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After


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After


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Here are the reflection I was getting right after the polishing






I forgot to take pics of me masking off the rubber trim but here is a pic of me unmasking the blue tape


And wiping off the residue left behind




Afterwards I gave the paint an ipa alcohol wipe down (ipa was cut 50/50 with water) to clean off the polishing oils so the wax could bond to the bare metal


wiping the paint down




Checked the paint with my 3M Sun Gun and things were looking lovely

No swirls




Check out the flake




Waxed the car. Wax was Swissvax Concorso




While the wax was curing I cleaned the windows with my Glass Master Pro(I lol everytime I say that name. I feel like a rapper from the 80s Blast Master Wes...echo echo echo echo) and dressed the tires
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:59 PM
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So finally after a hard days work here are the results
























And finally my 4 favorite shots

I love the cloud reflections on the hood










Hope you guys/gals enjoyed the write up!

Wes
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:18 AM
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I don't see why 70 pics are needed to show a exterior detail of an almost brand new car, and if you did a full detail not one of the interior.

The work that you did is excellent, but the write up is very lack luster.


As a side note I've worked on two of these cars and they are sweet.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:43 AM
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+1 point for two bucket method.
-1 point for no grit guards.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:36 AM
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I don't see why 70 pics are needed to show a exterior detail of an almost brand new car, and if you did a full detail not one of the interior.

The work that you did is excellent, but the write up is very lack luster.


As a side note I've worked on two of these cars and they are sweet.
Thanks, I guess I'm just being detailed....

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+1 point for two bucket method.
-1 point for no grit guards.
lol

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Old 11-17-2011, 03:01 PM
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Nice job Wes! That blue looks fantastic!
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:26 PM
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good job - love the color.
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Nice job!
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:59 AM
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Nice job Wes! That blue looks fantastic!
In person it's unreal.

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good job - love the color.
Me too.

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Nice job!
Thank you!
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