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Old 09-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Hey E46Fanatics,

It's been awhile since my last write up in here http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...584&highlight= but I'm back with a beautiful GT3RS which was actually done back in Dec. Really random but I actually knew the owner and we had gone to school together but he was a few years older then me. Nice to see him doing well and enjoying such a beautiful car!

Anyways again on to the write up hope you guys enjoy seeing the process!



First off the initial walk around












Brought it in to the garage and started cleaning the wheels first

Starting with the inner barrel


Lugnuts and calipers




and rimface




Moving on to the exhaust, steel wool was used to clean the outside and inside.

Lol, free advertising for Courtney


All clean




Engine also got a quick shampoo and dressing

Before


After




Finally after all the prep now we can start washing the car starting with the rinse


Cars are always washed using the 2 Bucket Method. If you are not familiar with the 2 Bucket Method, in a nutshell it is basically 2 buckets, one water only, the other soap. The water only bucket is where you rinse off the dirt from your mitt before placing it back in the soap water thus eliminating the potential to drag dirt all over your paint and causing swirls.

This is the dirt from a previous car. You definitely don't want to be dragging this all over your paint. Also notice the bucket with the sponge is pretty much clean


Rinsed out and new soap and water


Washing panel by panel starting with the roof


And rinsing off the dirt


Other details taken care of




After rinsing the soap off while the car was still wet I began to clay the paint to remove any embedded dirt in the clearcoat


Pretty rough




Finally began to dry it off with a microfibre towel




All rubber trim was masked off




Paint measurements were taken in microns to look for any low spots to be careful of and to see if anything had been repainted that the owner might not have been aware of









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Old 09-02-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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Finally the polishing can begin and a medium cutting polish and pad were used to clean up the swirls

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Here is a cool artsy fartsy shot of me polishing




After the polishing was done the masking tape was removed
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:43 AM   #3
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Then alcohol was brought out to wipe down the panels to remove oils left behind by the polish so that the wax could have a clean surface to bond to






Here is a teaser of the shine achieved with no wax on yet




After the wipe down the panels were double checked with a special light that omits the same spectrum light as the sun


Perfect




Wax applied was Swissvax Concorso




While the wax was curing the tires were dressed with a satin finish. Personally I don't really like the shiny stuff




Starting now with the interior I began vacuuming


Getting in between the seats




Started dusting the cracks and crevices








Pulled out a different brush with longer bristles to reach behind the tach




After the dusting and brushing I can finally wipe down the different surfaces

I really love this shot for some reason


Wiping down the doors


The roll cage


Even the extinguisher lol




A finishing that I love to add to the detail is cleaning the pedals. Lol at the end of the detail and when the customer is taking delivery, they always say that the feel bad to sit in the car afterwards hahaha




Finally I cleaned the windows but doing the back inside windows was the worst! Luckily I have been doing hot yoga lol so I was able to handle the job




And now after all that hard work here are the final pics!

Starting with some sun shots


No swirls




Finished interior shots








Exterior finished shots






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Old 09-02-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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I think this pic is pretty cool too












I love the way the beam of light and flare looks in this pic


15km speed limit


Beautiful reflection shot on the spoiler!


Interesting roof shot






And finally the last artsy fartsy


I hope you guys and gals enjoyed reading through the documentation!

Then alcohol was brought out to wipe down the panels to remove oils left behind by the polish so that the wax could have a clean surface to bond to






Here is a teaser of the shine achieved with no wax on yet




After the wipe down the panels were double checked with a special light that omits the same spectrum light as the sun


Perfect




Wax applied was Swissvax Concorso




While the wax was curing the tires were dressed with a satin finish. Personally I don't really like the shiny stuff




Starting now with the interior I began vacuuming


Getting in between the seats




Started dusting the cracks and crevices








Pulled out a different brush with longer bristles to reach behind the tach
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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After the dusting and brushing I can finally wipe down the different surfaces

I really love this shot for some reason


Wiping down the doors


The roll cage


Even the extinguisher lol




A finishing that I love to add to the detail is cleaning the pedals. Lol at the end of the detail and when the customer is taking delivery, they always say that the feel bad to sit in the car afterwards hahaha




Finally I cleaned the windows but doing the back inside windows was the worst! Luckily I have been doing hot yoga lol so I was able to handle the job




And now after all that hard work here are the final pics!

Starting with some sun shots


No swirls




Finished interior shots








Exterior finished shots








I think this pic is pretty cool too












I love the way the beam of light and flare looks in this pic


15km speed limit


Beautiful reflection shot on the spoiler!


Interesting roof shot






And finally the last artsy fartsy


I hope you guys and gals enjoyed reading through the documentation!
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