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    Z4 coupe detailed by Tim @ Envy

    While I was away on holiday last week I had booked Tim from Envy to valet my car for me.

    I'm ashamed to say that apart form a wash once a week I have neglected my car due to work and family commitments, no excuse's I know!!!!

    Anyway I have just grabbed a copy of Tim's post from detailing world. I've got a cd with 30 odd pictures on it that I'll upload tonight when I get home that he provided to give a bit more detail.

    I'd just like to add that coming home to nice shiny, polished car is heaven. The downside being that I didn't want to drive it over the weekend as I didn't want it to get dirty! 3 days off b eing run to and from work has taken the sparkle off, but I am now going to make more of an effort to keep it up together and looking loved.

    Very pleased with detail and the service offered by Tim, the pictures do not do the car justice. Anyone else in the southampton area looking to get their car detailed should give Tim a shout on 07787 160462 http://www.envyvaleting.co.uk

    But for now over to Tim's courtesy of his nicked post from detailing world:

    Final detail today from a busy week. Last one I promise for a week. Its half term and I'm going to have a rest!

    Looks pretty acceptable but generally lives outside






    Wheels washed with AS Smart wheels and EZ detail and trusty Envy brushes


    Body foamed with Activo foaming tfr and arches blasted out


    Rinsed off, looking better already


    AB SSF


    Washed with TBM, Z sponge and the usual grit guards. Rinsed and dried.


    Clayed with poly clay, the machined with Dodo Juice lime prime lite on the good bits and lime prime/Menz IP on the fly spattered areas that resisted claying!


    And buffed


    Bit of wet sanding via PC on the rear scratches



    Once over with the rotary and MarkV Mystique


    Bonnet wearing a coat of Saphir and allowed to cure.


    Exhaust cleaned with Autosol and fine wire wool



    Interior leather given a wipe with a damp cloth then tested my Zaino Z10 sample

    Smells great and looks like this as its absorbed (easily too)


    Tyres were dressed, glass cleansed. Plastic washed and protected with Espuma Dasheen.

    Here are the afters once the Saphir was buffed off















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    Lovely work, Tim's a great detailer and deserves his good reputation.

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    nope, still looks like a beemer

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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    nope, still looks like a beemer
    Thank you, thats the plan!
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    BMW Z4 Coupe Sport in black with a few toys - going friday and gonna be missed by my lad.
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    Originally Posted by treblesykes
    nope, still looks like a beemer
    Thank you, thats the plan!
    lol... looks really good clean, heard good things about the dodo juice nice to see the result... Im thinking of getting some of the diamond white stuff. but the bmw does look smart good work.
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    for some strange reason I like that BMW, reminds me of a old Reliant Scimitar updated lol


    nice job btw
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    Thank you, I'll get some new pics loaded up after the weekend. To be fair to Tim he can clean acar but he really doesn't do his work justice with his camera skills
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    I have to ask, where does all the soap go? down a drain? Is it bio-degradable?
    Ok maybe if your doing your own car but different for a business , I'm sure some clipboard guy from the environment agency would have something to say about the pollution.
    I'm not an eco nut just that I have had to spend a lot of money to stop soap etc going down drains on my farm.
    In theory at least you should stand the car in a some sort of bunded pool and catch all the soapy water! And dont blame me I didn't make the rules but they are not going to go away.

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    So whats the difference between me washing my car every week (which I do) compared to the valeter doing it?

    Not sure I understand the relevance of the question? The guy came out to my house while I was away to do it so there's no difference between the 2 of us, except he machined and wax'd it where as I would have snow foamed, rinsed, washed, rinsed...

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    BMW Z4 Coupe Sport in black with a few toys - going friday and gonna be missed by my lad.
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    The difference is as he is earning money from his valeting business he also earns the right to have to care about what goes down the drain.
    Im not criticising anyone, just wondering if anyone knows what the law is about these things? How long is it until some power mad council attempts to prosecute someone for polluting the drains?

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    Great looking car and some nice work done there. Tim's work is excellent and he's a top bloke too. After all, anyone who is a Pixies fan has more to them than meets the eye LOL.

    Good choice

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    Wow - now we're on a political topic huh!
    At a guess, I'd say most car shampoo's etc are relatively 'safe', I mean the world didn't come to an end when some bright spark invented fairy liquid (but didn't everyone's hands get soft!), so I'm guessing a shampoo isn't going to cause damage.
    Plus - as a mobile valter - what he supposed to do to stop any of his products go down the drain????
    God help us if any poiticians read this - another way to tax the motorist.... tax them if they wash their car.... great idea!

    For the record - car looks stunning MB - can't wait to see it with the new wheels fitted. Z4's are underated in my opinion - like yours a lot!

    Turning in to an odd thread....

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    Even if he did collect the soapy water residue, what is he supposed to do with it? As far as i'm concerned, if it goes down the drain, the sewage people can deal with soapy water realtively easier compared to some stuff that goes to a sewage plant. Besides, we pay enough council tax etc for the councils to deal with it. God i'm bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiekip View Post
    Plus - as a mobile valter - what he supposed to do to stop any of his products go down the drain????
    Do you think the environment agency care about the guy earning a living? There are ways to not let run-off down drains but they are not cheap and not convenient.
    If the environment agency gets half a chance it will insist that valaters etc do not pour anything down drains. Then they will move on to people washing their own cars.

    Trust me I've been involved in all this stuff. I know its a strange topic, Its just seeing so much soap running off the car in the pics made me wonder what's in the soap and how long it is until some clipboard guy starts sniffing around.
    Wash and soap away as much as you want as far as I care, I'm not preaching just commenting.

    Oh yes nice shine on the Z4 I have a black car too and know what a PITA they can be.



    edit. looks like the environment gestapo are already on the case
    http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk...sion=1&lang=_e
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    The Environment Agencys Pollution Prevention Advisor, Teresa Brown, said run-off from washing vehicles, particularly on a commercial scale, contributes to diffuse pollution that puts our wildlife at risk.
    What a surprise a female..

    The car looks good.. most soaps are biodigradable, some of them say so on the bottle too.

    Either way.. dont you hate people that have to put a negative spin on something good.

    Let me enjoy something for 5 mins without complainin about some legal ******...

    another way to tax the motorist.... tax them if they wash their car.... great idea!
    So true... the way this country is going, you're gunna have to pay to cough in certain areas soon. Fkin Joke!

    we pay enough council tax etc for the councils to deal with it.
    Very true.. Ive got a m8 who works in a government agency and all he does is listen to podcasts all day and play games, and occasionally works.. get gets paid about 8-10 pound an hour to sit around. As the company is government funded they dont care if the money is wasted or spent well. Mr brown is taking the piss!

    Mr soap..Chillout man... not an attack on you personally, just generalising people that always gotta ***** about something... probably should move this to the rants and rave section but just enjoy the clean car!!

    rant over.
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    Clearly she has to much time on her hands....... when will the politicians learn!

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    Ok so I did move of topic a little but a BMW in the Audi Ownership, Aftercare & Detailing section isnt 100% on topic is it?

    But it is a valid point that sadly wont go away, the environment agency seldom let things drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    I have to ask, where does all the soap go? down a drain? Is it bio-degradable?
    Ok maybe if your doing your own car but different for a business , I'm sure some clipboard guy from the environment agency would have something to say about the pollution.
    I'm not an eco nut just that I have had to spend a lot of money to stop soap etc going down drains on my farm.
    In theory at least you should stand the car in a some sort of bunded pool and catch all the soapy water! And dont blame me I didn't make the rules but they are not going to go away.
    If you look at a lot of the posts on here, where cars are taken to the detailers premises you will see that the cars are in fact soaped in a bunded pool so all the run off is captured, and then disposed of appropriately.

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    Thanks for all the comments guys, it's made me fall in love with the car all over again!

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    Car looks awesome - if mrs gilly would give me back my garage, and i found 30k under the sofa (both never gonna happen), i would have a z4 coupe in an instant
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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    In theory at least you should stand the car in a some sort of bunded pool and catch all the soapy water! And dont blame me I didn't make the rules but they are not going to go away.
    That's what we have to do, as we work from a fixed site with no mains drainage. The setup cost for our bund and collection tank was around 2k all in, and all of our dirty wash water is now collected and shipped off site for recycling. The costs were absorbed, and we are now regulation proof for the time being. It will be interesting to see how tightening of regs on this issue will affect the mobile side of the industry... and how long it is before the use of such chemicals at home comes under the spotlight. As I understand it, you are not allowed to wash your car with wet chemicals at home in some EU countries already (Germany for example).

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX51TXR View Post
    That's what we have to do, as we work from a fixed site with no mains drainage. The setup cost for our bund and collection tank was around 2k all in, and all of our dirty wash water is now collected and shipped off site for recycling. The costs were absorbed, and we are now regulation proof for the time being. It will be interesting to see how tightening of regs on this issue will affect the mobile side of the industry... and how long it is before the use of such chemicals at home comes under the spotlight. As I understand it, you are not allowed to wash your car with wet chemicals at home in some EU countries already (Germany for example).

    I see, In a way its nice to know its not just me that the environment agency is picking on! But a pain in the neck for both of us I guess. But at the end of the day It isnt right to just keep letting all that soap etc run down the drain.

    And to correct earlier comments most kerb side drains do not run into the sewerage system and to treatment plants but run more directly into natural water courses.

    Am I correct in saying its illegal in Germany to wash your car on a Sunday.. even without soap?

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    i think ive made my point, haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post


    i think ive made my point, haha

    What does it have to do with you ? .. If you dont like it dont read it

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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    What does it have to do with you ? .. If you dont like it dont read it

    My point was missed i see, sorry for reminding you that this thread is called "Z4 coupe detailed by Tim @ ENVY", not "rattle on about environmental issues and Germanic car washing reglations"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    My point was missed i see, sorry for reminding you that this thread is called "Z4 coupe detailed by Tim @ ENVY", not "rattle on about environmental issues and Germanic car washing reglations"

    Again what does it have to do with you?
    Detailing a car like that allows soap to run down the drain... fullstop, and If I choose to mention that I will. It is not off topic. Infact I that believe wondering if/how soon detailers will be banned from doing home visits to wash your car is very much in keeping with the topic.
    The actually soap down the drain part maybe boring, but if guys like MB find that they can no longer get a detailer to come around their house and give their cars an excellent clean/polish while they are on holiday I'm sure they will not find the subject quite so boring.

    May I remind you this is a public forum and anyone can post what they want and It is up to the mods to decide if anyones post is 'out of place'

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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    Detailing a car like that allows soap to run down the drain... fullstop, and If I choose to mention that I will. It is not off topic. Infact I that believe wondering if/how soon detailers will be banned from doing home visits to wash your car is very much in keeping with the topic.
    The actually soap down the drain part maybe boring, but if guys like MB find that they can no longer get a detailer to come around their house and give their cars an excellent clean/polish while they are on holiday I'm sure they will not find the subject quite so boring.
    I don't wanna get dragged into this ... but:

    I think the point being made was this thread is about the detailing work done on the Z4 - pictures posted for those who appreciate the work to admire it and comment if they wish.

    I don't think anyone has said your topic was boring have they? I agree the topic is important and I care about the environment as much as anyone and I'm sure all your concerns are very valid.

    Maybe you should start a new thread in this section on the topic where those who wish can comment - and leave this thread to those who wish to comment on the (outstanding) work on the Z4.

    No offence meant just hope I can prevent this thread spirally out of control into a slanging match!
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    To be fair to TrebleSykes to has raised a valid point, ok fair enough he has dragged my thread off-topic. To be honest I hadn't really given the environment much thought when I wash the cars, all that goes through my mind is that I am on a water meter!

    Apart from my alloy wheel cleaner my chemicals are bio-degradable.

    I guess it wont be that long before the goverment come down on mobile valters but I suppose in the meantime they will ban the use of harsh chemicals?

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    Apologies for sidetracking your thread MB, I did not do this on purpose, I just thought I would get a simple answer from someone about the pollution then your thread would carry on . But sometimes threads go like that and before long things have spiralled out of control.
    I believe the originator of any thread should have the right to tell any following posters that they are off topic , but everyone else should mind there own business.

    To bring things back on topic a little does anyone have any tips on preventing water marks after washing? I live in a hard water area so the water marks can be horrendous on my black car if I don't get it dried asap after wetting it

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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    Apologies for sidetracking your thread MB, I did not do this on purpose, I just thought I would get a simple answer from someone about the pollution then your thread would carry on . But sometimes threads go like that and before long things have spiralled out of control.
    Personally I think the whole point of a forum is generate discussion and debate! Which this has, plus it's kept my thread near the top of the "new threads" list! So long as it doesn't get personal or turn into a slanging match I am happy. So no worries, you've raised a valid point

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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post

    To bring things back on topic a little does anyone have any tips on preventing water marks after washing?
    Halfords Easy Glide Synthetic Chamois 6.99

    This should do the trick, Having a black car myself, I bought one after seeing review in Autoexpress an its just the job.

    No hard feelings on the whole thread issue, i do share your concern, it just winds me up that you cant enjoy anything anymore (slight exaggeration) without being reminded about your carbon footprint etc and how damaging our actions are to the environment, i am waiting for the government to introduce fart tax...its only a matter of time

    plus i have a natural tendancy to result to sarcasm, so sorry if i caused offence
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    plus i have a natural tendancy to result to sarcasm, so sorry if i caused offence
    It maybe the lowest form of wit but it cracks me up! I'm a sarcastic fella too! Apparently.

    I have an Autoglym synthetic chamois and it's always dries streak free (car is dark grey not black though).
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    wow, that Z4 looks so sexy

    excellent work, your one lucky guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Halfords Easy Glide Synthetic Chamois 6.99

    This should do the trick, Having a black car myself, I bought one after seeing review in Autoexpress an its just the job.

    No hard feelings on the whole thread issue, i do share your concern, it just winds me up that you cant enjoy anything anymore (slight exaggeration) without being reminded about your carbon footprint etc and how damaging our actions are to the environment, i am waiting for the government to introduce fart tax...its only a matter of time

    plus i have a natural tendancy to result to sarcasm, so sorry if i caused offence
    No worries mate Im just glad we sorted it out.
    Its just a don't shoot the messenger thing ,I hate the rules as much as everyone but as we all know they are not going to go away.
    I'm going to be a father for the first time this week(elective caesarian on Tuesday) so nothing in the world can upset me at the moment, maybe I'm spouting crap because I'm nervous????

    Anyway get back to complementing the man on a very shiney car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treblesykes View Post
    I'm going to be a father for the first time this week(elective caesarian on Tuesday) so nothing in the world can upset me at the moment, maybe I'm spouting crap because I'm nervous????
    Congratulations matey, welcome to the best times of your life. I have a 20month old son and he is amazing!

    Good luck for tuesday. Nothing to be nervous about you'll know what to do when the new arrival gets here

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriedblonde View Post
    Nothing to be nervous about you'll know what to do when the new arrival gets here

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    Really? My daughter is one week old today and it's all new to me!!

    Seriously, congratulations treble, hope it all goes well for you! Things will never be the same again trust me!!
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    [quote=treblesykes;555403]
    I'm going to be a father for the first time this week quote]

    Good luck matey- best feeling in the world seeing the fruit of your loins for the first time, enjoy - I have two girls (18 month and four years) and despite the moaning and crying etc.. i wouldnt change it for the world

    ah, now i am dragging the thread of topic - oops
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