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Oakes 09-21-2011 03:56 PM

95 Hour Detail by Oakes - BMW M5
 
Orange peel is common on almost all vehicles from the factory, some worse than others and more common on mass produced vehicles as opposed to specialty brands. In any case, it is not exactly a desired trait in vehicle paint. Many people live with it, some dread it much like myself and the owner of this beautiful Interlagos Blue BMW M5. We both felt that the excessive and very noticeable orange peel on this vehicle was taking away from the true depth and effect of this particular color. Definitely had a dull appearance to it, not to say the car was by any means boring, but the color needed to pop more than it was from the start.

Over the course of 95 working hours, due to various reasons, I was able to level this paint, polish it back and really unleash the true Interlagos from the paint. The pictures, which I've narrowed down to just 45 of the 400+ I captured, definitely show the process and improvement. My own jaw dropped when I pulled her out in to the sun after three weeks, as well as the owners. See for yourself!!


The car had the usual defects, swirling and marring as you can see in these sun snaps, the following group of pictures really show how significant the peel was in the paint.

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/1.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/2.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/3.jpg

The more I captured the peel on this car, the more I got antsy to get rid of it, you can see just how rough it really was below:

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/4.jpg
5. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/5.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/6.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/7.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/8.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/10.jpg
10. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...ail/BMW5/9.jpg

After nearly 9 hours of prep work, everything from full degrease, wash, ironx, wheel removal and removal of grills and other body items that would have been in the way, the car was then masked up as you can see here. When it was all said and done, this M5 took 3 full rolls of green 3M tape and one roll of blue wide tape...rip guys!

The paint readings were taken with the highline gauge and we found a range of 130-860 micron depth.
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/11.jpg

The sanding process was indeed a process, I used a combination of DA sanding and mostly hand sanding on this vehicle. Starting with 1000 grit, followed by 1500 grit, then 2500 grit...all to be finished with 3000 grit before polishing it back...heres the end result of the fully sanded vehicle. The hood and roof alone were a combined 5 hours! Talk about taking your time...

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/12.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/13.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/14.jpg
15. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/15.jpg

Here is a polished back rear door in comparison to the sanded front door:

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/16.jpg

After approximately 20+ hours of compounding and polishing, the paint definitely looked the way it should under various light sources. These pics were taken before the vehicle was prepped for the ceramic coating it would receive.

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/17.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/18.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/19.jpg
20. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/20.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/34.jpg

Quick snap of my knight in shining armor that will be protecting all my work!

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/21.jpg

The following pictures are all post sanding, polishing and ceramic coating photos. I did the best I could to capture the true depth and color that the Interlagos blue really has, and to show the orange peel completely gone. This M5 is in its right state now!

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/23.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/24.jpg
25. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/25.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/26.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/27.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/28.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/29.jpg
30. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/30.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/31.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/32.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/33.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/36.jpg
35. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/37.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/38.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/39.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/40.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/41.jpg
40. http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/42.jpg

Oakes 09-21-2011 03:56 PM

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/43.jpg
http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/t...il/BMW5/45.jpg

Thank you for looking and appreciate any and all feedback and comments. This car was as much fun as it was painful to work on haha. Enjoy!

Oakes

cchrisstopherr 09-21-2011 07:21 PM

wow looks great!!! nice work and dedication

turbo_f22_pilot 09-22-2011 12:14 AM

Sheer perfection :woot: :thumbsup:

Oakes 09-22-2011 08:33 AM

Thank you!!

cannan 09-22-2011 11:36 AM

All I can is..... WOW :D

racer328 09-22-2011 11:48 AM

Absolutely gorgeous!! Great job!!!

bugra 09-24-2011 04:20 AM

fantastic job...

dreamdrivedrift 09-24-2011 10:13 AM

wowowowowowow! :bow: This is why I got into detailing.

xtascox 09-27-2011 02:49 PM

Awesome job!

I need to get my car to you. My paint is in need of some serious TLC.

crazyafghanguy 09-27-2011 02:51 PM

WOW car looks brand new :thumbsup:

boostkid 09-27-2011 04:08 PM

So much attention to detail, great job.

Greg@DetailedImage.com 09-27-2011 06:50 PM

Looks amazing, great job!

Greg @ DI

JJR4884 09-27-2011 06:56 PM

please PM me the cost of a 95 hour detail :rofl:

i am doing mine like crazy the weekend of oct 22... can't fvcking wait... not wetsanding, but a full paint detail

hennep E46 09-28-2011 05:43 PM

Amazing work man, what kind of compounds and pads did you use after sanding the paint. This maybe a stupid question but why did you tape of the edges of the doors. I'm deatiling for 5 years now and just recently i wetsanded just a small piece af a corvette for the first time, so i'm learning. I was realy surprised of the result i had, 95% correction on the damage. it was a nerve wrecking experience because after the wetsanding i thought i would never get it back to shine.

before
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...44952704_n.jpg

after
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...68052028_n.jpg

Before
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...80416348_n.jpg

after
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...91835800_n.jpg

Bimmer4Lyfe 09-28-2011 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hennep E46 (Post 13630018)
Amazing work man, what kind of compounds and pads did you use after sanding the paint. This maybe a stupid question but why did you tape of the edges of the doors. I'm deatiling for 5 years now and just recently i wetsanded just a small piece af a corvette for the first time, so i'm learning. I was realy surprised of the result i had, 95% correction on the damage. it was a nerve wrecking experience because after the wetsanding i thought i would never get it back to shine.

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to keep from sanding or burning through the edges... happens really quick if your not watching.
or to protect things you dont want sanded...glass tailights window trim etc
also helps to section things off so you can work methodically...


almost forgot......

great job OP! :thumbsup:

Oakes 10-03-2011 09:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Greg@DetailedImage.com (Post 13626011)
Looks amazing, great job!

Greg @ DI

Thanks for supplying everything as always!!

Thanks everyone!

simsima325 10-03-2011 10:21 AM

Can you PM price of a detail for a 996TT Cabriolet in PA? Anything between basic detail and this 95hr job? Looks incredible!

Oakes 10-03-2011 04:36 PM

Sent!

euG! 10-05-2011 01:37 AM

You missed a spot jk


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