Carn vs the E60 M5

Discussion in 'Show and Shine' started by Carn, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Carn

    Carn Welcome to Detailing

    Having completed the work on the E92 ///M3 a few weeks back, I was given the go ahead to come back and attend to the owners E60 M5 :applause:

    Whilst working on the M3 I had a look at the M5 and I knew that some time would be needed to get her back into tip top condition. After arriving around 7am and having had a brief chat with the owner, I had to chuckle. Since his wife's M3 was detailed she has 'allegedly' been using his M5 (as far as possible), rather than getting her own car dirty...Clever woman indeed :D


    With the formalities out of the way I got stuck into giving the M5 some TLC...

    The car upon arrival.
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    A fair amount of road grime all over
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    Some bird bomb remains
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    Tailpipes were filthy
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    First up the wheels, again not the worst I have seen but they were in need of some serious cleaning...
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    Sonax applied and left to work while I filled the buckets and got all the brushes ready
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    The wheels and arches were cleaned with various brushes, APC and CWC...
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    With the wheels and arches out of the way I foamed the car with CWC which was left to dwell whilst getting the buckets, etc ready for the wash stage

    CG buckets and Raceglaze wash mitt ready for duty...
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    CWC doing it's thing...
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    After giving the car a thorough rinse I attended to all the small details.

    Fuel filler area
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    Shuts and panel gaps
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    Emblems
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    Buckets after washing
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    With the wash out of the way it was time to clay...This is what needed removing from the surface!

    Hundreds of little white spots of who knows what. More than likely wet road paint or something :shakehead:
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    Medium clay was used to save time in removing the contamination. Despite this it still took over 2 hours to remove almost all of the spots. There were some in hard to reach places and on plastics that just wouldn't budge but 99% of them were removed!

    After a final rinse the car was dried and the paintwork inspected in preparation for the correction stage.

    Paint levels were healthy all round
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    Some mild defects visible under the LED's
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    Under the halogens the paint wasn't overly bad with most areas showing only minor signs of RIDS and light swirls.
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    Some minor swirling in the taillights
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    Headlights would need some polishing as well
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    Overall the paint was in pretty good shape which was a relief considering it was already lunch time and I hadn't even started on the paint correction.

    Starting out with some 106FA on a 3M polishing pad yielded pretty good results although some of the deeper RIDS were still visible. With that in mind I stepped up to SIP on the polishing pad and got stuck in!

    Paintwork nicely cleaned up
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    Some random shots from the polishing stage
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    Colour looked awesome in the yellow light of the halogens
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    Some before and afters...
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    Headlights came up well with 2 hits of SIP followed by 106FA
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    The mirrors, particularly the black plastic undersides, were in serious need of some work...

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    After polishing
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    This shot looked cool :D
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    With the sun starting to set I snapped a few random pics

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    Final shot for the day
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    Sunday started early as well at around 7:30. Not wanting to upset the neighbours with the pressure washer or vacuum cleaner so early, I took a few more photos and attended to the small details like the tailpipes and chrome trim, etc

    Flake in the overhead lights
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    Some reflection shots
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    Paintwork was looking slick!
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    Tailpipes shined up with Raceglaze Alutech metal polish. I think they came out really well considering how they looked earlier.
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    With all the small odds and ends completed I pulled the car outside to clean the engine bay and start on the interior.

    Outside I snapped 2 more quick pics :D
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    This is what she looked like at around the same time on the day before :D
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    Being a family car it was no surprise to find that the interior would need some work.

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    There were some white patches on the dash, door cards and seats...
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    Leather and dash/trim were looking a little dull
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    The interior was cleaned with 20:1 APC and various brushes and cloths before I decided to attend to the engine bay and give the car a final wash. With the sun almost out in full force I wanted to get the final wash completed along with the engine bay before finishing off the interior.

    The engine bay wasn't overly dirty and required only a light rinse followed by some 10:1 APC to remove some dirt buildup in the shuts and all the nooks and crannies.

    The heart of the beast!
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    Good as new
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    After a final wash I snapped 2 quick pics out in the sun
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    I liked this shot
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    With the exterior all completed and the car dried it was time to finish off the interior.

    I started off by dusting out all the vents and then vacuuming the floors and mats. The trim was treated to 303 Aerospace whilst the leather got the Raceglaze twins.

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    Emergency toolkit was cleaned as well
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    A brush often comes in handy when applying dressing to vents and other small areas you can't access with a sponge or applicator pad
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    Exterior trim got 303 as well...Only 1 shot sorry!
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    Tires got CG's Fade to Black. I'm quite liking the satin look it gives to the tires as well as the fact that it's alot less messy to apply :)

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    LSP was the Werkstat Acrylic duo (Prime followed by Jett). A few quick shots inside the garage...

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    Having finished up at around 2:30pm I was once again invited to join the clients with their family for some lunch out by the pool :worship2:

    With the work completed and everything packed away it was still a bit bright for decent photos outside. I decided to head on home to unpack all my gear and have a shower before returning at around 6 to take some final shots...

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    Final one
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    As with the M3 I thoroughly enjoyed myself working on this fantastic car. Thanks go out once again to my hosts for the weekend, who as previously, made me feel right at home!

    Thanks for looking :thumb:
     
  2. dsms

    dsms DB Forum Supporter

    Women! Truly nice work once again!
     
  3. Chas

    Chas DB Forum Supporter

    pure beauty, awesome job Carn.
     
  4. BrendanS

    BrendanS Welcome to Detailing

    amazing job! Love your photography as well
     
  5. dood786

    dood786 Any Rag Vehicle Washer

    Nice one Dave
     
  6. Brynjar

    Brynjar Birth of a Detailer

    Very nice car and brilliant detail.. Some very nice pics too:thumb:
     
  7. Misha

    Misha Nuba Guru

    great work. like this pic the best
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  8. supercharged

    supercharged DB Forum Supporter

    beautiful work, David! Love that paintwork correction!!!
     
  9. agpatel

    agpatel OD On Detailing

    Amazing works as always!
     
  10. 911Fanatic

    911Fanatic DB Pro Supporter

    Nice job David! Exhaust tips look excellent.
     
  11. Jedidiah

    Jedidiah Guest

    hundreds of little white spots?!?!?! looks more like billions :)

    great job!
     
  12. d00t

    d00t Welcome to Detailing

    Wow, outstanding job!!
     
  13. domino

    domino Welcome to Detailing

    nice detail

    what is sticking out for me is your use of CG Fade to Black

    im really beginning to like the satin tyre gloss finish, i might have to give it a try. I think ill be happy with the CG stuff rather than spending ott on SV Pneu
     
  14. kustomizingkid

    kustomizingkid Nuba Guru

    Very nice work Carn!!!

    What a pita those little spots looks like...
     
  15. Denzil

    Denzil Guest

    That's some very nice work! Those side mirrors were trashed.
     
  16. vtec92civic

    vtec92civic Nuba Guru

    Man. What a beauty LoL. M5's are definitely a work of art. Even the older ones are great. Nice work.
     
  17. slanguage

    slanguage OD On Detailing

    Nice Work Dave :applause:
     

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