Had this E90 335i Touring for some TLC ready for the owners wedding.
In for hub & caliper refurbishment and an enhancement, which soon turned into a correction detail, from start to finish 25 man hours spent, but well worth the effort IMO.
The results of scrimping on the paint,
Firstly the alloys were removed and placed on a protective foam mat,
All arch wells and suspension areas cleaned and de-greased,
Surface rust then removed using a stiff wire brush and 1200 grit,
Whilst drying out, the wheel bolts were given 2 coats of black and 2 coats of laquer,
2 coats of primer,
2 coats of Aluminium base, 2 coats of heat resistent Aluminium to the calipers,
In between stages brought on with the heatgun, both calipers & hubs then given 2 coats of laquer,
Whilst the alloys were of they were given a thorough clean and de-tar and old balancing weight adhesive removed, this was followed by a coat of Nanolex sealant,
New centre badges replaced and looking a whole lot better,
Vehicle then washed, clayed and de-tarred, then put away for the evening.(sorry no pics of these stages)
After testing various combinations, it was clear an aggressive approach would be needed, Fastcut+ and a drop of LP on a Megs cutting pad with 2-3 hits per panel,
Comparisons prior to refining,
Typical dusty finish from the above,
Rinsed down and dried,
Paintwork then refined using Megs 205 on a Megs finishing pad, this was followed by an IPA wipedown and paintwork treated to HD-cleanse,
Alloys, hubs and calipers sealed using Opti-seal,
Tyres dressed with Zaino Z-16,
1st layer of Zym@l Concourse applied to entire vehicle and removed,
9pm and time to call it a night.
Firstly dusted and re-buffed the paintwork before applying the 2nd coat of Concourse,
Arches, engine bay and plastic mesh dressed using AG rubber & vinyl,
Exhaust tailpipes and backboxes polished with Britemax easy cut & final shine,
Plastic trim dressed using Blackfire gel, glass cleaned and polished throughout, wipedown to the paintwork with Zym@l field glaze and finished.
Thanks for looking.