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e39 BMW M5 - Solid Black

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Jimmeh, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Jimmeh
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    Hi all,

    Maybe Lusso RC isn't all that great after all!!? Read on.

    e39 BMW M5 –Solid Black – Cleanse and Protect

    Such a meaty vehicle! Even on tickover the engine sounded fierce! Beast!

    Product
    • AutoGlym Fast Glass
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • Autosol
    • ChemicalGuys JetSEAL901
    • ClearKote Red Moose Machine Glaze
    • Dodo Juice Limeprime
    • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    • Dodo Juice SuperNatural
    • Jeffs Werkstat Prime
    • LTT Auto Ultra Foam
    • LTT Auto Ultra Protect
    • Lusso Revitalizing Cream
    • Meguiars Super-Degreaser
    • Meguiars Last Touch
    • Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
    • PoorBoys Black Hole
    • Sonus Green Mild Clay


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    Inspection shots..

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    Paint condition doesn’t look too good through the film of dirt..

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    Still, at least the interior is in a pretty decent shape!

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    Random marks/scuffs dotted around..

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    First up? Wheels!

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    Because of their dark chrome finish, I opted against Megs Wheel Brightener this time! G101 and Megs Super-Degreaser did the trick. (Using my finger-tips to scrape out the inch thick layer of muck just inside the arch lip)

    Wheels were later sealed with JetSEAL901 and, looked very well indeed (minus the odd curb mark..)

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    Sills and shuts cleaned with G101.

    Snowfoam delivered after a wetting down..

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    Badges, petrol-filler housing, panel gaps etc cleaned with a fine brush.

    I had to spend a good ten minutes rinsing this car to ensure all trapped grit was released.

    After this, re-foamed and washed with Born To Be Mild two bucket combo..

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    Ah, I found me a friend! (I think it must have been hungry ALL day; there wasn’t five minutes that went by that it didn’t “meow” (I found myself doing it back?! Huh?!))

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    Time to clay. Sonus Green before and after:

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    The above after shot was after I’d clayed the boot-lid and N/S rear wing.

    Plenty of contaminants to be found!

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    Before dropping below the bumpstrips, I use Tardis to get rid of the bulk of the tar deposits.

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    After this, a quick pass with clay, et voila, just the usual crud as opposed to surplus tar pick-up which only ruins the clay!


    Boot-lid facing:

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    Car was pressure washed down in-between Tardis sessions and finally rinsed with an open-hose to sheet the water off of the car.

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    …and a car that barely needs towel drying:

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    Here, I used the Black Baron vehicle dryer to aid in freeing trapped water from door handles, window joins, bumpstrips, panel-gaps and wheels etc. A fantastic bit of kit.

    Stupidly, I’d left my boot open; OI!!

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    “PSSSSSSH!!”

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    ……little bugger. My seats are filthy and need a clean anyway..


    OK, so, a clean contaminant free car. Let’s check the paintwork:

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    Plenty of random nicks, deep scratches, weird hazes and a sea of swirls… Interested to see what the machine cleanse can clean up seeing as though this isn’t an Enhance or Correct detail.

    After a quick word with the owner, we agreed to do the boot-lid as a test panel for possible future Enhancement work..

    Ah – paints quite thin then!

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    On the boot-lid, some areas were high 80s and very few were above 100.


    Milky swirled paint before:

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    And after:

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    A complete different cololur!


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    50/50s:

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    The above was achieved by using Limeprime on a yellow 3M Polishing pad. I was quite shocked at the level of correction; paint was on the soft side of things! On my first attempt, I left a whole load of buffer-trails in the paint. After amending work time and rpm, I was able to knock these back completely on the second pass for a pretty awesome finish.

    With that out of the way, it was time to crack on. My usual, blue 3M Finishing Pad with Lusso Revitalizing Cream routine.

    Wait a minute.. The product WELDED itself to the paint. Try again with a mix of PB BlackHole.. but no, everywhere I went, I seemed to be doing more harm than good!?? How about Blackhole by itself on a fresh pad? No – still left pretty patterns in the already unsightly paint! Erm..

    I needed ideas – I spoke to Rob who operates GleamMachine Detailing down in Kent, he stated that solid black paint is a pig to begin with, and, to try cleansing the paint by hand only. He has also experienced the same problem with Lusso RC.. Pity this, it was all going so well too!

    This is what I had to deal with on the rest of the car:

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    I was very impressed with Blackhole’s cleaning/filling abilities though (even by hand..)

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    Before and after on the N/S doors:

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    Far from perfect, but, lets not forget this is only a clean and protect detail..

    After a few agonizing hours and constant nursing of the ‘burnt’ shoulder muscles, we were getting somewhere.

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    SHARP reflections now on the boot-lid that had the enhancement work:

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    And back in the garage for wax..

    LSP of choice was Dodo Juice SuperNatural:

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    A bit of tooth-pickery work getting rid of the crud in the key-holes..

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    ….spot the cat:

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    I noticed how tarnished and black the exhausts were earlier on in the day (something I wasn’t looking forward to having to do!)

    After I’d left JetSEAL901 to cure on the alloys, I gave the exhausts an initial ‘spray and wipe’ with Tardis, they were left looking like this:

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    50/50 after using Autosol:

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    And after:

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    They weren’t perfect; the inners were far gone and the tips suffered from some quite stubborn build up.


    Look what we have here! An old friend from late last year..

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    (In the end, as of its condition, the owner decided against selling it!)

    Quite a bit of kit collecting now..

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    JetSEAL901 removed. Tyres dressed. Sills cleansed and protected with Jeffs Prime.

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    The above series of photos were me making the most of the remaining day light.. Some fine rain started to fall, so, it was back in the garage to work the interior and give the finishing touches..

    Mats scrubbed with G101 and dirt wiped away with a mf. All plastics and doorcards wiped down followed by a good hoover. Leather cleaned with LTT Auto Ultra Foam and later protected with LTT Auto Ultra Protect. I’ve got into the habit now of giving the seats a damp wipe over to add a little moisture and re-hydrate them – if anything, it will ensure all Ultra Foam residue is removed.
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    Windows finally cleaned, mats put back in the car and that’s our lot. Oh, the pedals were scrubbed too (no after interior photos unfortunately)

    The rain has passed, so, back outside for photos.

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    ^from here it may look nice, but, get in close and you’re left with:

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    Final kit photo with complimentary cup of tea!

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    Overall, ~8 hours were put into this. It was a funny one! Certainly left me scratching my head.. Thanks to Rob for helping me work out an alternative route!

    Thanks for reading.

    Jim
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    great work again . absolutely love these cars. can imagine what sort of beast it must be!!
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    Thanks chap.

    Just a shame the paint threw a wobbly! Owner was mighty impressed with the Enhancement work that was done on the boot-lid though, so, fingers crossed he'll have me back early Spring.

    Bwaarp!
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    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving

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    Great work as always chap, suprised and interested by the Lusso issue. Thanks for the advice back from the PM.
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    I take what I said about Lusso back.. I think any cleaner being applied to this car would have had similar issues.. "Why?"

    The car had Supaguard sealant applied to it.. Think about it, Limeprime (with its micro-abrasives..), cut straight through and left no issues on the boot-lid. (Supaguard removed!) An oily cleaner that is being pushed around the paint on top of the sealant isn't likely to end well. It almost melted into the Supaguard causing my 'welded on' issues.. This Supaguard was rock-hard!

    The only option now is to fully enhance the whole car with LP or alternative and completely strip it back!
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    Ahhh, that would make sense. I hate protectant products like that unless they are plastic coverings to protect against stone chips.
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    A3Tom Smell my finger.

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    Hmmm, thats one of the cars I will own one day, just awesome :)

    Cracking work, really came out well in the end :)
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    Jimmeh, im new to all this detailing business. Up until recently i thought the best wash you could give your car was a £8 "Gold Wash" at my local Car Washing "Specialists" How wrong could i have been?

    Ive just started doing the 2 bucket cleaning method, after ruining my older cars, washing with one bucket and a manky sponge. I will not be making that mistake, with my beautiful 54 plate A4 Avant sport!

    I am really interested in going the whole hog though, as im quite obsessive about things when i start them. i.e. buying a DA Machine polisher, claying kits, interior care kits etc etc.. After reading most of your testimonials, im almost ready to jack the job in , and try something i'd like doing!

    Anyway , keep up the amazing work, judging by the sedulous attention to your previous posts, i doubt your enthusiasm for posting here is waning!

    P.S. Any tips for a newcomer to this art? Before i go and spend several hundred quid on kit i wont need!
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    Stunning job on a cracking car :icon_thumright:

    As an aside Jim, I always enjoy reading your write ups, they're a good mix of interesting words and humour, like the cat :thumbsup:
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