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Old 06-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default ULTIMATE DETAIL – 2003 Carbon Black E46 M3

The owner of this BEAUTIFUL carbon black M3 was referred to me last July by another member that has seen several of my other extensive threads. The car is his summer-only vehicle, and he left me a voicemail message stating that he had gotten his car “detailed” THREE times prior to contacting me. Unfortunately for him, the so-called “detailers” not only failed to correct his paint, but induced even more damage onto the paints surface while they were at it. The poor owner was so embarrassed of the car’s looks that he didn’t even want take his beloved summer vehicle out. Desperate for a solution, the owner realized hed give it one last shot and get it done right once and for all. After scheduling an appointment to asses the condition of the paint, we decided to go forth with the package where I took as much time as possible to get the car perfected, with his only request that the wheels stay on. Two weeks later, the car was in my garage and I assured him that his M3 was finally in good hands. Needless to say, the owner was completely satisfied in the car’s outcome and felt as though the M3’s carbon black paint was finally restored back to how it should be.



DAY ONE – Vehicle Inspection and In-Depth Decontamination
-Car dropped off at 12:30PM
-Deep clean engine bay using Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (4:1), Meguiar’s Slide Lock Brush, Q-Tips, and clean microfibers.
-Dress/Protect Engine Bay with Chemical Guy’s Silk Shine Protectant
-Wheels and tires cleaned with Meguiar’s Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner, EZ-Detail Brush, Bleche-Wite Tire Cleaner, and tire brush.
-Wheel wells cleaned using Meguiar’s Super Degreaser (4:1) and EZ-Detail Brush
-Rinse down small areas around the car, presoak with Meguiar’s APC+ (20:1) and agitate lightly with Meguiar’s Slidelock brush or Q-Tip.
-Wash car using 2-bucket method w/ grit guards, Dawn, and 2 sheepskin wash mitts
-Claybar car using Meguiar’s Claybar and distilled water mixed with a splash of Meguiar’s #00 Hi-Tech Wash for lubrication.
-Bring car inside garage and blow dry
-Measure Paint, tape off the entire vehicle

Upon arrival, the car was covered in buffer-induced swirl marks and hologramming.













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Old 06-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #2
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I started out by deep cleansing the engine bay using a combination of Meguiar’s APC+ 4:1, Meguiar’s slide lock brush, microfibers, and some Q-Tips.



















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Areas on the intake were also cleaned.





As always, the underside of the hood was not forgotten.





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Once the engine bay was pristine, I dressed the plastic with Chemical Guy’s Trim Shine and Protectant to give the pieces a silky finish.







Engine bay complete












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Next, I went ahead and got to work on the wheels, which were pretty caked with brake dust. It was still no match for the power combo of Bleche-Wite Tire cleaner and Meguiar’s All Wheel Cleaner, however ;-).

















I also cleaned the wheel wells using Meguiar’s Super Degreaser diluted 4:1 and another dedicated EZ-Wheel Brush.

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:41 PM   #6
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Once all the wheels and wheel wells were thoroughly cleaned, I proceeded to use Meguiar’s APC+ diluted 10:1 on various small areas on the car, such as the grills, gas tank, and door jambs. I find it important to touch on these areas first as they often lack attention when going straight to the larger panels on the car.

Befores:









As far as the trunk jambs went, I found that a quick way to knock out excess dust was to just run a steady stream of water down the back window of the trunk and let the car’s drainage system take care of the rest.











With all the excess dust particles washed away, all I simply needed to do was give it a nice wipedown with a clean microfiber.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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The remaining small panels:



















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Old 06-22-2010, 01:42 PM   #8
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After feeling confident that the smaller areas around the car were clean, I went ahead to wash and claybar the entire car. The two bucket method w/ grit guards were used, with Dawn as the wax stripping medium. Since it was sunny outside, I brought the car inside the garage to prevent any premature drying during the wash.







Windows and taillights are never forgotten..





The claybar was NASTY!



After washing and claying the car while wet, I ran a steady stream of water down the entire car as a way to help with the drying.

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:42 PM   #9
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In addition, a leaf blower was used to prevent inducing excess scratches into the already swirled paint. Only one microfiber was needed to dry the remaining parts of the car.









Before performing any paint correction, I made sure that the M3 had enough clear left to withstand the correction needed on various parts of the car.







DAY TWO – Paint Correction
-After developing a system, begin to compound using M105 on an 6.5” Lake Country Orange Pad for the first pass around the vehicle followed by M205 on a 6.5” Lake Country Blue Pad.
After performing a wipedown with denatured alcohol to ensure that the paints surface was free of all waxes and oils, I whipped out my trusty machines

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:42 PM   #10
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Couple before shots around the M3..



















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Old 06-22-2010, 01:43 PM   #11
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After doing a test spot of the hood using M205 on orange, M205 on Blue:



50:50


Complete:







Front Fender before:







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Old 06-22-2010, 01:43 PM   #12
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Front fender after:







Door before:







50:50



After:





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Old 06-22-2010, 01:43 PM   #13
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Rear fender before:



After:



Rear bumper before:





After:







Lower panels before:



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After:






DAY THREE – Final Rinsedown, LSP Application, and Complete Interior Detail
-Vacuum interior and trunk, Clean metal and wooden surfaces, Dress interior with Chemical guy’s silk shine and protectant
-Polish Exhausts using Meguiar’s NXT All Metal Polish and #0000 Grit Steel Wool
-Bring car outside, rinse off polishing dust, bring back inside, and blow dry.
-Ensure all crevices are free of leftover polish residue using a Q-Tip and Microfiber Towel
-Denatured alcohol wipedown to ensure complete removal of any fillers.
-Wax using Wolfgang’s Fuzion on a Meguiar’s Yellow Foam Applicator Pad
-Remove wax using Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Detailer with a clean microfiber towel
-Clean windows using Stoner’s Invisible glass and a clean microfiber towel

Once the exterior was completely corrected, I went on to work on the interior. The allseason floormats were taken out, dusted, washed, and dried. Additionally, I completely vacuumed all surfaces throughout the interior of the vehicle as well as the trunk. The pedals were polished as well.













There was this annoying little strand sticking out of one of the floormats…my OCD got to me on that one.

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:44 PM   #15
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Dusting and vacuuming the ashtray:





Pedals Before:


After:



Before performing my final rinse, I made sure the exhausts were also polished up to a factory shine. #0000 Grit steel wool with Meguiar’s NXT All-Metal Polish made good work out of it.





Finished:





As usual..look at all the dust left behind!



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AND…finally.. the afters!

Under the sun:









Reflections:









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Thanks for reading everyone!
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:21 PM   #18
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I like how to snuck in a shot of the subie on day one
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:31 PM   #19
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great write up and beautiful car!
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:31 PM   #20
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nice work man!
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:45 PM   #21
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looks amazing, love the car
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:49 PM   #22
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Yeah I would of been totally ashamed to drive that M3 around too...

Seriously though you are a master at your craft, sir. +1
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:57 PM   #23
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wow looks like some serious time spent in there..great job
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:12 AM   #24
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Always great work!!! Read your thread on the mid-80's Supra I believe and now this, just amazed by the detail. Is there any chance you will be in Canada? haha
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she sure is perdy!
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