Carn vs a Z4 ///M

Discussion in 'Show and Shine' started by Carn, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Carn

    Carn Welcome to Detailing

    Last weekend I had the opportunity to work on another of these fantastic cars. This time around it was a metallic blue convertible version that was in need of some TLC.

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    First up as usual was the wheels. Not overly dirt and just the usual day to day dirt buildup...

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    Arches were in need of a good scrubbing
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    As were the tailpipes...
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    Wheels got Sonax as usual and arches got pre-soaked with 5:1 APC
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    Ez-Detail brush amongst others was put to good use
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    With the wheels and arches cleaned up the car was washed using the TBM, CG's CWC and my Raceglaze lambswool wash mitt. Clay duty was entrusted to Smartwax blue clay which did a terrific job of removing all the surface contamination...

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    With the car cleaned and dried I set about inspecting the paintwork. First up was the Led Lenser T7 which did a good job of highlighting the fine swirls and marring...

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    Bird bomb!
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    Under the halogens the deeper RIDS and damage was evident as well
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    The correction process started with Menz 106FA on a yellow 3M pad. Whilst this cleaned up all of the fine swirling, some of the deeper defects were putting up a fight. After stepping up to SIP I managed to achieve around 90% correction in a single pass with only the deeper RIDS still remaining and clearly visible under the lights. Being a single stage correction detail I was happy with the results and set about polishing the remainder of the car.

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    And some afters...
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    Whilst busy around the back end of the car I tidied up the tailpipes as well...

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    A few reflection shots from the correction stage (taken during the course of the day/evening)
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    With the correction stage completed at around 9pm on Saturday evening I gave the car a final wash down before drying and applying the 1st layer of the LSP.

    I decided to go with 2 coats of Raceglaze 55' on this beauty to see how it would look on the metallic blue...

    Some after shots in the garage
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    I returned briefly on Sunday morning to wax and seal the wheels (Rimwax topped with 845), and apply the finishing touches (Satin Prot all round).

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    Tailpipes in the natural light (indoors and outside)
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    Trim
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    Sunlight peeking through highlighting the flake and colour
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    Some more reflection and detail shots in the daylight
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    Orange peel was quite bad at the back end...
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    And finally some full sun shots...
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    As always thanks for looking :thumb:
     
  2. RNickolas

    RNickolas Obsessive Detailer

    good job, that blue looks amazing...like the ocean when i was at the bahamas...
     
  3. vtec92civic

    vtec92civic Nuba Guru

    sweet deal that Z came out real nice. Love the blue and the tail pipes and how they cleaned up. Excellent work!
     
  4. 911Fanatic

    911Fanatic DB Pro Supporter

    I agree. That blue looks unreal. Fantastic job David.
     
  5. d00t

    d00t Welcome to Detailing

    Outstanding job, mate!
     
  6. Deep Gloss Auto Salon

    Deep Gloss Auto Salon DB Pro Supporter

    Deee Licious!

    The Damn prawns will never catch you in this zippy machine....
     
  7. dsms

    dsms DB Forum Supporter

    Perfect Dave!
     
  8. slanguage

    slanguage OD On Detailing

    excellent work Dave. Always enjoy your write-ups.
     
  9. supercharged

    supercharged DB Forum Supporter

    Lovely work, David! It looks amazing! I always enjoy your write ups and take extra time reading them.
     
  10. Denzil

    Denzil Guest

    Great work!
     
  11. togwt

    togwt Nuba Guru

    Brillient work as always. Love the 'sun' shots
     
  12. domino

    domino Welcome to Detailing

    i may have missed it among the pics, but what did you use inside the exhaust tips?
     
  13. Carn

    Carn Welcome to Detailing

    Thanks for all the comments guys, appreciated as always :applause:


    A die hard District 9 fan I see :applause2:

    No cat food was used in the making of this production :D

    Thank you Sir :thumb:

    Being in the manufacturing industry means I often get samples of all kinds of weird and wacky things to play with. One of them happened to be a set of abrasive pads (similar to scotch pads actually) that are intended to be used by hand or machine to put varying kinds of scratch finishes on stainless steel and aluminium (like you would find on high end appliances)...Just so happens they work a treat on metal tailpipes with some Raceglaze Alutech metal polish :headbang:
     

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