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BMW Z3 paint correction detail

Discussion in 'Summit Detailing' started by Summit Detailing, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Summit Detailing

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    Good Evening all,

    Keep your eyes peeled for a Z3 detail thread in July - just taken a booking for a red car with lots of colour coded bits and bobs.

    He's not a member here but I pointed him in this direction as he had several questions that I said could be easily answered by the members here.

    All the best.

    Chris
     
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  2. GazHyde

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    I'll be looking forward to this, along with many others I think :)
     
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  3. jonco

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    Definitely - if you need a red one to practice on - I'll drive down.;)
     
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  4. zedonist

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    Ooh red Z3, the owner is not prepping for a sale is he?
     
  5. Summit Detailing

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    Not that I'm aware of, he's just spent quite a bit on getting some bits & bobs colour coded etc.
     
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  6. GazHyde

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    Just had a picture of the finished car tweeted to me... :snaphappy:

    I'm not going to spoil the surprise, but from the picture I got it looks awesom. Those who follow Zorg on Twitter can of course sneak a peek ;)
     
  7. Summit Detailing

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  8. GazHyde

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    EDIT: Added the text and images from the write up ;)

    So usually Detailing sees me on the motorway networks, doing an obscene amount of miles, travelling to clients to work the Summit magic on their cars.

    This Z3 however was a little different - owned by a neighbour in the next apartment block 100ft away! :)

    So the aim of this Detail was to get the paintwork as defect free as possible in 2 days.

    This is the car in question - not bad on first impression, paintwork wise, but looks can be deceiving

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    On with the Detail - No pics of the wash process. I think we all know what 2 buckets & a Dooka washmitt look like!

    Let battle commence :detailing:

    First a panel wipe down before taping up all the vulnerable areas

    Paint depths taken - these were variable :)

    Drivers door taped up, ready to test some polish/pad combinations

    This is how it looks under halogen light

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    With Megs #205 on a 3M Yellow polishing pad taking out very few defects it was time to roll out Scholl S3 Gold.

    A set was completed with S3 on a 3M Yellow - this knocked back a decent amount of defects, leaving very little marring after a panel wipe down.

    But such is a Detailers mindset, I thought this could be further improved & with the Z3 being a small car, coupled with no commute I didn't think I'd be pushed for time. :p
    Time for 3M Compound pad & S3 :detailing:

    I struggled with pics during the polishing sets but 1 hit with Compound pad & S3, followed by 3M Polishing & Scholl S30 to Refine, and finally a Super Refine set with #205 on 3M Blue left me with this -

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    With the majority of the door completed I swapped to a Spot pad and followed the aforementioned polishing steps to complete the paintwork around the door handle and the area between door mirror and front wing.

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  9. GazHyde

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    Moving on to the 'A' Pillar with the Spot pad

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    Cutting pad & S3, followed by Polishing pad & #205

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    Front Wing -

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    As the car is 16yrs old it's no surprise some areas have been repainted, hence the varying paint depths!

    Evidence of this on the lower front wing -

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  10. GazHyde

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    Head down, it was time to crack on as the rest of the car was sporting original paint & required the 3-step polishing process. . This is also where the pics dried up - sorry :sorry:

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    Once all the polishing was completed it was time for a filtered water re-wash to remove the polishing dust - much safer than trying to remove with wool dusters or microfibres.
    Once dried & air lined it was time to break out some Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish to act as a good base for 2 layers of Collinites 476S.

    To complete the Exterior
    - Arches dressed with AS Finish
    - Tyres with Gyeon Tyre
    - Glass with Megs Glass Cleaner & protected with G-Techniq G5 on side windows.
    - Exhaust polished with G-Techniq M1

    Exterior finished & with rain clouds looming it was time to get stuck into the interior -

    Shiny leather is dirty leather!!!

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    This is a Dr. Leather wipe after cleaning just the bolster in the above pic -

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    Just a little different -

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    Interior completed -

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    Unfortunately the sun never returned for the After pics, but even so I hope the following pics show how much more glossy the paintwork now is & more 'red' if that makes any sense!?


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    As always thank you for looking.

    To keep up with the daily going's on at Summit Detailing pop along & 'Like' the Facebook page or follow us on Twitter - some very nice motors coming up in August! :D

    Cheers

    Chris
     
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  11. DavidM

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    Chris,

    Car looks great! What's the film on front and rear lights?

    David.
     
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  13. zedonist

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    I don't know how much more Red the car could be Red wheels perhaps?:D

    Seriously though what a difference, you are an artist sir!
     
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  14. phil.a

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    when you get that clean you have to go for a drive, and when you get back clean it again :cool:
     
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  15. Summit Detailing

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    Thanks David, the stuff on the lights is like a circular mesh film - completely spoils it in my opinion, but each to their own!

    Cheers, yes it is a little red isn't it!...again like the above light film - not to my taste but hey-ho.
     
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    Amazing difference in the before and after photos.

    I must say that the front grill looks a little odd to my eyes, but then I might look odd in many people's eyes ;)
     
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  17. badman gee

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    Good job, looks great
     
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  18. phil.a

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    looks good i think to tie the black and red in tinted windows and the front bumper side lights need to be tinted ;)
     
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    Looks great !! Been thinking on getting my car done too but not sure as it was resprayed about 2 yr ago and not that great according too my body shop paint guy ! Should I. .?
     
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    fantastic job...where do you get the Dr. Leather wipes? Is this the choice of other members for leather cleaning?