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motoracergabe 10-24-2008 01:05 PM

polishing? buffing?
 
i saw this done to a imola red e36.

from this:

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f6...e/P1020100.jpg

to this:
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f6...e/P1020111.jpg

how?!:yikes:

ModBargains 10-24-2008 03:00 PM

Looks great!

PuckMan 10-24-2008 08:52 PM

That's what I was going to ask - How?

Actually I know how to do it but ask how this was done i.e. process, products etc.

eyezack87 10-24-2008 09:46 PM

With a machine (random orbital or rotary) and a polish (Menzerna, Meguiars, 3M, 1Z, Chemical Guys, etc) and a lot of patience and determination to finish, that is possible. I'll blow your guys minds even further right now with my before and afters :P

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...S/IMG_1811.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...S/IMG_1812.jpg

M0nk3y 10-24-2008 11:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eyezack87 (Post 8752948)
With a machine (random orbital or rotary) and a polish (Menzerna, Meguiars, 3M, 1Z, Chemical Guys, etc) and a lot of patience and determination to finish, that is possible. I'll blow your guys minds even further right now with my before and afters :P

What exposure are you playing with?

I will post mine, but i'm lazy........

Adam@Euro-Spec 10-25-2008 12:08 AM

:werd: buffer and Polish and a lot of time

my decent attempt, dont have any good before after ones from my car but heres my moms car:
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/DSC00352.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/DSC00353.jpg
and the whole side of the car looked liked that before and this was the after, no wax/glaze/sealant yet:
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/DSC00354.jpg

iftwb 10-25-2008 01:24 AM

My gosh, that almost looks like a mirror finish. Are you sure your not taking a photo at the mirror ;). Job well done! I've got a random orbital machine myself, but it kinda of annoys me because it leaves behind these fibers.

Greg@DetailedImage.com 10-25-2008 10:46 AM

Nice work everyone!

Greg @ Detailed Image

eyezack87 10-25-2008 01:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by M0nk3y (Post 8753400)
What exposure are you playing with?

I will post mine, but i'm lazy........

Dunno, sorta dark so I made it only focus on the lights so it was on auto. It was the best lights we had at the time to use since I bought the machine 3 days prior lol

and of course M0nk3y, all done with a PC to 95% correction :4ngie:

EDIT: just want to add that this was around the time I melted the first backing plate Greg sent me :rofl:

M0nk3y 10-25-2008 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eyezack87 (Post 8755072)
Dunno, sorta dark so I made it only focus on the lights so it was on auto. It was the best lights we had at the time to use since I bought the machine 3 days prior lol

and of course M0nk3y, all done with a PC to 95% correction :4ngie:

EDIT: just want to add that this was around the time I melted the first backing plate Greg sent me :rofl:

:rofl:

bimmerforums is being retarded, and I can't pull up my threads...

So you win

eyezack87 10-25-2008 06:43 PM

Haha, no matter what you say about the % correction m0nk3y, we are both right due to our experiences. Our techniques have a huge part in what we are able to do with our machines :P

I even got a Jag decklid to do some comparison tests of products with my PC too. I figure it'll help some of the noobs here see what the PC is capable of in the right hands or something :dunno:. Gotta get ready the stuff before I can do it though so this is just a general picture with no correction :)
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...38numbered.jpg

EDIT: Here is a pic of what it looks like right now just so you know I'm not cheating :P
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...0/DSCN5433.jpg

motoracergabe 11-04-2008 11:50 AM

so i use a buffer? i've never used one before. i wanna make my car look that clean! anything i SHOULDNT do? or something i shouldnt use? recommendations on a buffer? when buying a buffer what do i need? extra pad things? how many?

thanks! :thumbsup:
i cant wait to get mine all shined up.

SpecC 11-04-2008 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by motoracergabe (Post 8819581)
so i use a buffer? i've never used one before. i wanna make my car look that clean! anything i SHOULDNT do? or something i shouldnt use? recommendations on a buffer? when buying a buffer what do i need? extra pad things? how many?

thanks! :thumbsup:
i cant wait to get mine all shined up.

welcome to the world of detailing. you're looking to spend 300-400 dollars on materials if you start with nothing. If it's a one time thing, i recommend going to a detailer. 300-400 will get you a pretty damn good job as is. if you want to keep doing this, then investing in a GOOD polisher is key.

M0nk3y 11-04-2008 02:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SpecC (Post 8820092)
welcome to the world of detailing. you're looking to spend 300-400 dollars on materials if you start with nothing. If it's a one time thing, i recommend going to a detailer. 300-400 will get you a pretty damn good job as is. if you want to keep doing this, then investing in a GOOD polisher is key.

$400.......pshh...I passed that mark A LONG TIME AGO! :rofl:

The Jerk 11-04-2008 02:38 PM

Xaino, Meguiars, etc... just takes time & elbow grease. You're wearing down the clearcoat, too, so be careful!!!

M0nk3y 11-04-2008 04:21 PM

Here is a Chrysler I finished on Sunday.........Look at the flash of the camera. After polishing, I was able to bring the Gold out of the paint. It was a pretty cool color.........

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/b.../DSC_0676R.jpg

I Still had to polish up the Chrome in the front......

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/b.../DSC_0675R.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/b.../DSC_0674R.jpg

Also, if you invest into the right products and methods.........Your car will stand out like a sore thumb......(Hint, my car detailed 2 weeks before)

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/b.../DSC_0661R.jpg


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