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    This sorry looking 02' plate BMW M3 turned up to me saturday morning in need of some love and attention.

    From this-



    To this in 18 hours-



    This is what I was greeted with first thing Saturday morning.







    First up as always the alloys, AS Smartwheels applied and left to soak for a few minutes then pressure rinsed of and Smatwheels re-applied and worked in with various brushes,





    On this occasion G101 was applied to the lower half, arches, shuts, panel gaps and engine bay,











    Pressure rinsed of to all but the engine which was carefully rinsed with a hose,



    Engine bay dressed with AS Finish,



    1st layer of Hyperwash applied through the foam lance and rinsed bottom up,





    A 2nd layer of foam in a weaker mix applied followed by the wash stage using Hyperwash and Zym@l sponges,



    Pressure rinsed followed by a final rinse with an open flow to get the last bit of suds from the crevices,



    Dried using plush towels,



    Tardis applied to areas followed by Claying with Megs mild & LT,



    PTG readings taken and defects examined,











    A quick once over was given to the interior, vac and wipedown,





    Before polishing commenced a rather nasty scratch was dealt with using Mirka 2000 & 4000 wet and dry pads,





    After trying various polish/pad combo's I decided upon Menzerna Powergloss on a Megs cutting pad with a dab of Lime prime to knock back as many defects as possible without compromise to the clearcoat,
    Pad primed with some water on the test panel,



    Some 50/50's after cutting polish,





    At this point the heavens opened and the car was brought in undercover,







    Carried on until 19.00 with all the cutting session completed other than the front and rear bumpers then decided to call it a night as I had an extremely hot Jalfrezi and a cold beer waiting not to mention being knackered.

    Day 2

    Not particularly nice out,

    Bumpers finished and car dusted down with the Zym@l fluffy,



    Tried a few finishing combo's and finally decided upon Megs #80 on a Megs polishing pad,





    All refining done and an IPA wipedown given which was followed by Z Hd-cleanse applied on a MF pad,



    Exhaust and chrome trim polished,



    Alloys sealed using Opti-seal and tyres dressed with Z16,



    Trim and Arches dressed using Megs all seasons,
    LSP of choice was Zym@l Concours which was applied to entire vehicle and left to cure for a short while before removing,



    Glass cleaned with SV Crystal and shuts polished with Z AIO,
    Some indoor pics as it was still raining,













    A final wipedown was given with Z8 before pulling the car outside as there was a break in the weather,





























    Thank you for looking and all feedback appreciated
    Last edited by Gleammachine; 23-11-2008 at 16:27.
     
     

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    Rob, you only deal with M3's or something?...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Rob, you only deal with M3's or something?...
    no not at all, far from it, but sometimes if feels like it.

    It's like waiting for a bus, they all seem to come together.
     
     

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    Nice work Rob, I remember reading this 1 on DW
     
     

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    Stunning, I bet the owner was a happy bunny
     
     

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    very very nice job, i am working my way upto doing full paint correction soon

    everything else is a doddle really, just a question of having a very fine eye for detail

    all the best
     
     

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    very nice work Rob I am impressed!

    Where are you based? I'm interested in a winter "protection" package kind of thing...

    Had a look at your website but couldn't see what area you covered... Red!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by redadair View Post
    very nice work Rob I am impressed!

    Where are you based? I'm interested in a winter "protection" package kind of thing...

    Had a look at your website but couldn't see what area you covered... Red!
    Thanks for the kind words mate, My area coverage is Essex/Kent & London.

    If like your profile your in Scotland, pm me what area and I'll see if I can put someone reputable your way.
     
     

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    Wow nice job!

    I saw the first pic and thought the owner had powder coated them anthracite lmao guess not...
     
     

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    some effort that goes into this kind of detail

    top job
     
     

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