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Old 02-16-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Wes_R x e60 M5 (61 pics)

Hey Fanatics,

I had been speaking to the owner of this Indy Red M5 for a couple years off and on to get it detailed. He finally decided to get it done as he was entering it in a show. We discussed what was to be done and the budget and finally figured out the date. This job ended up being a 1 stage polish + interior.

I started with the interior and vacuumed the carpets, mats, etc.

Started dusting and detailing the crevices and cracks

And then started the wipe down of all surface with all purpose cleaner

Pedals were cleaned as well

And here is a shot of me detailing doing my best Neo Matrix impersonation

Even though it may seem like the job was simple the interior was in pretty rough shape.

Moving on to the exterior I started with the wheels as usual

Washed using the 2 bucket method

Rinsed down

And clayed while the car was still wet

The paint was very rough

Then finally dried down with a plush microfiber towel

After drying all rubber trim was masked up

The paint really needed a 2 stage polish but again due to the owner's budget we only did a 1 stage polish. I tried a couple polishes to get the best results and this is what I got.

My test spot on the worst area of the car

A quick shot of me polishing









Not perfect but a huge improvement and more correction then I was expecting!

I also polished the headlights and taillights



Unmasked the rubber trim
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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Then wiped down the paint with IPA alcohol

Because this was going to be driven in the snow I wanted to use a strong protector. Permanon Platinum was my choice.

Tires were dressed

Windows cleaned

And here are the afters

Very glossy

I love this shot!

And finished interior shots

And finally my favorite pic of the set

I believe it went straight to the show afterwards.

Hope you enjoyed the write up on this beautifully coloured M5 and that you guys/gals are staying warm in this crazy winter!
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:08 PM   #3
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That's some good work Wes. It's nice to see pictures of how even a 1-stage polishing can make a dramatic improvement to paint. Nice photos as well!

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