I hope you don't mind me sharing this - I've posted on Detailing World and M3 Cutters bur thought you guys might like a look too......enjoy!
Well, the day finally came and I had a shedload of new products and kit as well as a little time to get to work. This is my first 'detail' as such. I have used clay before but never really knew the difference between polish and wax (I had an inkling lol) and have been reading up loads on here (DW) to get an idea of what to do and what with.
I still need some more kit such as a pressure washer and would like to first learn machine polishing and eventually wet sanding but that can wait for now. Most of the collection below:
The car is a BMW E46 M3 SMG in titanium silver with OEM polished alloys. Mods include AC Schnitzer coilovers, exhaust, pedals, strut brace and handbrake lever, gloss black grill, side vents and bonnet vent.
I don't have a decent camera so all pics were taken on the iphone.
I started the detail a couple of days ago, it was a bit nippy but hey ho...
A few before pics of the car.
I'm sure you'll agree - pretty much covered in crap! First job was to get the bilberry on the wheels. Needed a couple of goes to get them clean - Vikan came in handy on these wheels!
Now, at this point, my snowfoam hadn't been delivered and as time waits for no man, I got cracking with some megs APC and a foam sprayer.
Followed by a wash using the 2BM, CG+W and megs wash mit.
After a wash...
Dried with CG Woolly Mammoth
My snow foam arrived!!
Rinsed again before getting the clay out. Sonus ultra fine and dod juice lube
The car seemed to be quite smooth anyway - the previous owner said that he clayed it twice a year and I believe him. Below is a walkaround at this stage...click to view the video.
Foamed and rinsed again to leave this...
Now, at the end of day 1 (I had to go to work for 5pm....this was the temperature...
The idea was that I would use my other car to drive to work, leaving the M3 clean on the drive so I could go back to it and continue. Undfortunately, the other car decided to be mardy and didn't start!! I didn't have time to fix it so had to use the BMW for work, driving on lovely damp salty roads!
I then got more time to continue with the car this morning. Due to the miles done, I had to get it cleaned again!
A little warmer..
Frozen snow foam
After thawing it out...
Iron X applied - first time using - god it stinks!
Rinsed again and ready for some hand polishing. I had read about a few polishes and saw a lot of recommendations for P1 for use by hand so after a little test area...
I don't have anywhere indoors to check for swirls etc but I know they're there - I spotted some under some garage lights at work but here's a 50/50. I know P1 will be doing it's thing but for my first 50/50 it's a bit rubbish!!
50/50 on boot lip
Headlight before / after
Left with this, sorry about the poor photo.
Next up was Prima Amigo
Followed up by some Colinite 476
Not great but better in the flesh
Bucket shot - orange peel!!
Windows cleaned using Rain-x
CG wheel guard applied and left to dry
Tyres shines with Megs Endurance
Time was running out fast as it was getting dark so a quick spruce of the leather using megs gold class leather cleaner, APC on the pedals and dash wipes for the plastics.
I hope you enjoyed the reading and if anyone has any comments, I really would welcome them as I am totally new to this amount of 'detail'. The things on my list to do next are the exhausts, the engine bay (I did clean it but ran out of time to do it properly) and the arches - again time limitations meant the wheels didn't come off this time.