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1-Series M-sport - DoDo Limeprime

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Jimmeh, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Jimmeh
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    BMW 1-Series M-Sport

    A bit of travelling involved in this one – A BMW 1-Series and a Merc SL600 AMG.. Cutting a long story short, the BM took a lot longer than expected and left little time to start on the Merc. ~10 hours went into the 1-Series, 8 on the first day, and, 2 hours in the morning of the second day. The rest of this day was spent on Interiors; a Range Rover Vogue TDV8, and, a JEEP Cherokee (estate ‘work horse’).

    I didn't enjoy this one - one of them days maybe? The owner was very pleased, but, after x-amounts of unexpected events, (wind/cold/rain and the dogs that kept running off with my kit!!), I didn't get on well at all.

    Product

    • 303 Aerospace Protectant
    • AutoGlym Vinyl Rubber Care
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • AutoSmart Silver Screen
    • Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel
    • Chemical Guys JetSEAL109
    • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    • Dodo Juice Limeprime
    • Jeffs Werkstat Acrylic PRIME
    • Meguiars All-Purpose Cleaner (APC)
    • Meguiars Last Touch
    • Meguiars Wheel Brightener
    • Meguiars Super-Degreaser
    • Sonus Green clay
    • Victoria Red Concours wax

    I was lucky to even make it in the first place – I drove passed the entrance and ended up on a rather rutted, rooked and bumpy decent. Silly really, “no SL600 AMG is going to live down here!!” Once at the bottom and with enough room to spin round, I make the phone-call and speak to the owner. He couldn’t believe I’d make it down there, and, “would be very surprised if I made it back up!” heh! All I have to say is, HAIL THE MIGHTY QUATTRO. A fun start to the day, lets put it that way.


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    After I’d packed up:

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    Lovely!


    So, day 1, inspection photos:

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    Now at this point, let me introduce you to the dogs.

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    Sky and Kite, Alaskan Malamute’s. Lovely, lovely dogs.


    First job were the sills and shuts (usually wheels, but, these would be coming off a little later so made haste elsewhere..)

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    Foam delivered and lots of additional APC/cleaning was done on the window rubbers, petrol filler housing, crevices and ‘crack’s.

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    Vehicle re-foamed for an ultra-slick wash, and, washed with Dodo Juice BTBM and a Meguiars Lambswool Washmit.

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    Sonus Green picking up the usual surface contaminants:

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    The owner came along to help jack the car up and remove the wheels... At the same time, I was asked to clean and protect the Merc’s winter wheels.

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  2. Jimmeh
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    I didn’t grab too many photos at this stage – time was pushing already and I knew this wasn’t going to be a quick job.

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    Inners soaked with Meguiars Wheel Brightener > agitated. AutoSmart Tardis used where applicable to remove small tar deposits. Tyres scrubbed with Megs Super-degreaser and finally protected with JetSEAL109.

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    Arches were wetted, soaked with APC, scrubbed and pressure washed. Later dressed with AutoGlym’s Vinyl Rubber Care.

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    With this out the way, the wheels went back on the 1-Series, and I finished off the winter wheels for the Merc.

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    I made the mistake of not having the wheels off in the first place. I now had to re-foam and wash the car to make sure all debris and dirt was clear.

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    It’s roughly 3pm now. Not made good progress at all..

    The Kestral Rotary was fired up, and, a 3M yellow polishing pad was primed with Dodo Limeprime.


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    Considering the ‘hardness’ of the BM paint, I was happy with the results. I guestimate that 60% correction was made.. Not bad for Limeprime on German paint.

    There were some random deeper marks/scratches dotted around unfortunately – I did my best to spot correct with a Sonus spot-pad and Menzerna IP 3.02.

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    The temperature’s dropped and I’m still having water dropped from the wing-mirror housing and petrol filler caps – very annoying.

    I glazed the car with a blue 3M finishing pad and ClearKote Red Moose Glaze to try and a little more depth.

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    At this point it’s getting dark – I’m a long way behind and it’s been a strange day… Building work had stopped in the near-by barn, so, I shifted the kit and moved the car in until 7:30 when dinner was served.

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    My plan for in here was to get the interior done and out of the way – leave the LSP until the morning and follow that with dressings, engine bay etc.


    Nasty(!) bird etching spotted under the strip lighting:

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    End of day 1..

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    Breakfast and gear up, I was back to the car for 8am. A fine layer of dust had settled on the car, this means another quick wash was in order!

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    Engine dressed with AG VRC:

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    Victoria Concours wax applied.

    Windows polished.

    Tyres dressed

    Exterior plastic dressed with 303 Aerospace Protectant.


    A few final afters (before the rain)

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    Packed up and started the small work on the Vogue interior (using LTT’s Auto Ultra Foam & Protect) and likewise, with the JEEP.

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    DONE. Two fresh dates are needed for the Merc, but, watch this space; sooner, rather than later!

    Quite a confusing read.. but, thanks for bearing with me.

    Jim.
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    Hmmm...looks like somebody still has cash to splash! Only 4 cars? :ohmy:

    Nice work there Jim though.
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    One per person ;)

    but no, you're right - it's a very nice place.
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    nice work


    and who said you can`t polish a turd ?????
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