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Detailing my car

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    Posted: 28 Dec 2020 at 11:50am
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I recently changed my car & although it was looking clean when i picked it up, it wasn't upto the standard that i am use to after a closer look. I have washed & leathered it a couple of times since ownership but not been able to do anymore than that due to weather conditions.It wasn't too bad yesterday so thought i'd make a start


Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr
yes i know & some of you that know me & my previous cars this is filthy to me Cry



bmw reg3 - Copy by rich, on Flickr



bmw reg1 - Copy by rich, on Flickr

So out with the pressure washer,snow foam & lance & anything else for the wash stage. I used Autobrite magifoam & foaming lance with about 1-2 inches of magifoam in bottle then topped up with warm water.



Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr




Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr


Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr


This was after about 20 mins of the snow foam doing its work,as you can see it is still very clingy



Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr

After rinsing off,the next stage was to give it a hand wash using a meguiars lambswool wash mitt & ultimate wash & wax then a leather.



Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr



bmw reg2 - Copy by rich, on Flickr

now looking a bit cleaner

I then moved onto inspecting the paint surface for swirls,contaminants etc. just looking over the paint surface it didn't look too bad & it felt smooth when running my hand over the surface, how wrong i was & this was the evidence after clay barring. For this i used meguiars quik detailer & clay bar.

this is one side



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this is the other



Detailing photos by rich, on Flickr

i haven't finished yetBig smile

rich










Edited by rpennington - 07 Jan 2021 at 12:27pm
1999 E46 323i se Saloon - sold
2011 E90 325d msport - sold
2014 F30 335d xdrive msport
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I was able to get a bit more of my detailing work done in between the ice,snow,rain & the bitter cold wind. I machine polished the paintwork to remove the swirl marks etc by using a meguiars mt320 da polisher,red cutting pad & meguiars ultimate compound.I tried a panel first with just using the yellow polishing pad & meguiars ultimate polish as the paint wasn't too bad,this did improve the paint finish but i found it just wasn't getting the finish i was looking for, so i decided to do the full 3 stages by machine & then finishing off with a coat of meguiars ultimate fast finish.
I tried to take some before & after photos but with the lighting,shadows & angles etc this wasn't possible.

Next i started on the engine bay & this was just surface dust more than filthy dirty,as opposed to it not being cleaned for say months or years. All that was needed to start with was a light rinse with the hose to get rid of the dust & then dry it off before treating with meguiars engine dressing.

After rinsing & drying



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Untitled by rich, on Flickr

After 



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Untitled by rich, on Flickr

I will keep updating as & when the weather is being kind to me

rich




Edited by rpennington - 07 Jan 2021 at 8:11pm
1999 E46 323i se Saloon - sold
2011 E90 325d msport - sold
2014 F30 335d xdrive msport
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