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    Hi all,

    After getting some great advice on the forum on how to use clay properly, I decided that after 4 weeks of driving around in a filthy dirty beast it was time to have a good clean up and detail. Any comments on the below are very welcome.

    Sunshine on Saturday morning meant a good four hours of work on my E46. Stupidly, I forgot to take a 'before' shot, but this isn't far off what she looked like:




    So, to start, here's what I used.
    You'll notice the BMW bottle - that was cab roof sealant, bought from BMW @£16, more on that later.


    First rinsed with cold water, then washed with AG Shampoo and Conditioner (2x buckets!). Dried with a chamois and given a quick buff with a peach-skin cloth.




    Then to claying...
    The clay I bought suggested that tap water was fine, but others had suggested to me that I make a lube from water plus a lot of shampoo in a plant sprayer. No probs. This was great - a lot easier than I had imagined and was quite fun. You really can feel the clay working. The piece was filthy after only a quarter of the car (photo shows use after passenger front wheel-arch panel).





    I also took this opportunity to finish the wheels with AG Wonder Wheels and to use the BMW roof sealant. Empty bottle into 2.5 litres of water, stir it up and apply 'generously' to roof. Easily enough for two cars, even with it pouring on. Spread it around to prevent spotting and left to dry.

    I finished the claying and roof sealant just as it was getting dark, so gave her a quick rinse, dry and buff over with the peach-skin cloths again before moving into the garage...



    Inside, I gave her a waxing with the shitty Turtlewax stuff I have. I finally bought some AG Extra Gloss Protection this afternoon and a pad to apply it with. Looking forward to trying that as it seems to be pretty popular around here...

    The remaining pics are all post waxing - I'm REALLY impressed with the clay, it's made a superb base for the wax I guess. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone keen to try for the first time. The BMW roof sealant has left the roof looking brand new too. It's a lovely deep black and when out driving today seems to repel spotting rain quite nicely.
















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    "Longbow" - 2004 330Ci M-Sport Cab Auto - Sapphire Black w. caramel leather



    Done: DICE iPod kit, smoked side repeaters, personal plate, Pipercross panel filter, M3 lip spoiler, CF BMW roundels
    To do: MV2 alloys refurbed in black, front CS splitters, Eibach Pro Sport springs
     
     

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    Nice!! Must be nice to have such a large garage space to finish off when it gets dark/rains/snows ......
    So how would you rate the BMW roof sealant over the autoglym roof protectant? Better ot worse??
    Is there any prep work for the BMW roof sealant, apply it to wet or dry roof?

    Sorry about all the questions but I need to re do my roof and will probably finish the autoglym so might try the BMW stuff if your happy!
     
     

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    Nice work, top job

    I must get around to trying claying and polishing on my E91, only had it 7 months now!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetTriple View Post
    Nice!! Must be nice to have such a large garage space to finish off when it gets dark/rains/snows ......
    So how would you rate the BMW roof sealant over the autoglym roof protectant? Better ot worse??
    Is there any prep work for the BMW roof sealant, apply it to wet or dry roof?

    Sorry about all the questions but I need to re do my roof and will probably finish the autoglym so might try the BMW stuff if your happy!
    Hey triple, thanks.

    My building is full of old biddies who either don't have cars or are too scared to park their cars down there so it's usually empty. It's well lit, so is a good space to fiddle with the car.

    The roof sealant stuff was easy to use. Made up in cold water it didn't foam very much, was more just a bit bubbly. The bottle recomends giving the hood a good wash and rub first to clean out inground dirt, then apply the sealant when the roof is damp. Not wanting to soak the roof, I got my sponge soapy then squeezed out excess water, just building up a light foam on the roof before rinsing it thoroughly and 'sweeping' the water/foam off.

    I put the sealant on with a clean sponge by soaking up water and squeezing it onto the roof, speading it with the sponge. I did a couple of complete coverings with it, allowing it to soak in each time, making sure I moved the sponge in straight lines up and down the length of the car in case it did mark. I left it to dry naturally.

    It looks good at the moment, definitelly darker than before and certianly uniform, certainly an improvement over the bars when the hood gets stretched the most. I'll be interested to see what happens when it rains heavily...

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    Done: DICE iPod kit, smoked side repeaters, personal plate, Pipercross panel filter, M3 lip spoiler, CF BMW roundels
    To do: MV2 alloys refurbed in black, front CS splitters, Eibach Pro Sport springs
     
     

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    Neal, thanks

    I used Bilt Hamber Soft clay - reasons for selection and advice from others in the forum here: Claying Virgin! Any useful tips?

    Yea, I'm after some of the black or carbon Roundels, but I'm having just the same problem as Horico here: 2002 E46 330 Cab BMW carbon / black badges

    It would seem that the rear badge is really tough to get hold of for the cab... Fleabay doesn't have any that I've found, and noone sells the cab rears... :(
    Still hunting though.

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    Done: DICE iPod kit, smoked side repeaters, personal plate, Pipercross panel filter, M3 lip spoiler, CF BMW roundels
    To do: MV2 alloys refurbed in black, front CS splitters, Eibach Pro Sport springs
     
     

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    Ayup!

    Nice work fella, lovin the work.

    Quick Q - your 3rd brake light - is that clear from the factory or have you done that?

    Oh, and have you already tried the places listed in the post above re: the roundels? I was going to try and hunt some down today...

    Cheers buddy


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    Silver indicator bulbs - Done
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    Pedal refurb - Done
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    Gear lever and hand brake gaitor
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    Your wanting to put the sealant on first then a couple coats of decent wax... Better results.. Trust me.. Good work though mate.. Looking goooood!
     
     

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    Cheers Horico and Ben.

    Horico - Third break light was clear, I think that's one of the facelift differences. Let me know if you see any roundels that fit the rear of the cab, I'll do the same if I see some.

    Ben - Thanks too. I bought a bottle of the AutoGlym EGP which I've heard is rather good. She's indoors at the moment so no panic, but I'll get a layer of that stuck on asap, will try to buff off the wax.

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    Done: DICE iPod kit, smoked side repeaters, personal plate, Pipercross panel filter, M3 lip spoiler, CF BMW roundels
    To do: MV2 alloys refurbed in black, front CS splitters, Eibach Pro Sport springs
     
     

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    Ahh, I see. It does look a bit tidyer - might investigate one for mine.

    I'll go hunting for badges tomorrow now I think - today ran away with me!

    Cheers


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    Steering Wheel retrim
    Stereo knobs
    Replace SMG gear knob and bezel
    Evolve remap
    Silver indicator bulbs - Done
    Xenon matching fog bulbs
    Suspension repaint / refurb
    New mats
    Interior plastics
    RTAB's - Done
    Cup holder install - Done
    HK Sub rattle mod
    Pedal refurb - Done
    Gloss black interior trim
    Gear lever and hand brake gaitor
    OEM tax disc holder - Done
    Full leather clean / touch up
    Renew badges
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horico View Post
    Ahh, I see. It does look a bit tidyer - might investigate one for mine.

    I'll go hunting for badges tomorrow now I think - today ran away with me!

    Cheers
    Horico - found them!

    Had a link sent to me by a chap named Sunny on 'another BMW forum'.

    He bought them from ebay USA.

    http://motors.shop.ebay.com/euro-body-kits/m.html?_nkw=convertible&_sacat=&_trksid=p3911.m270 .l1313&_odkw=&_osacat=0
    "Longbow" - 2004 330Ci M-Sport Cab Auto - Sapphire Black w. caramel leather



    Done: DICE iPod kit, smoked side repeaters, personal plate, Pipercross panel filter, M3 lip spoiler, CF BMW roundels
    To do: MV2 alloys refurbed in black, front CS splitters, Eibach Pro Sport springs
     
     

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