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BMW 123d - Alpine White - New Car Correction + Winter Protection Detail

Discussion in 'Car Care and Detailing' started by jonjay, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. jonjay

    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    Alpine White BMW 123d - New Car Correction + Winter Protection Detail.

    Winter is coming and it’s going to be bad I can feel it in my waters. My good Slick friend bought a BMW 123d in Alpine White and unfortunately BMWs preparation of the car leaves a lot to be desired. With winter coming and the recent bad winters we have been having it was imperative to protect the car ready for the winter months.

    With my BMW I have chosen the wax route. Collinite 476s following by 3M quik wax every 2 weeks when she gets washed for the winter. With Slicks BMW we have gone for a more hardcore sealant route.

    BEFORE DETAIL INSPECTION

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    Products
    Wash n Drying
    • AutoFinesse Lather Shampoo [body and wheels]
    • AutoSmart G101 All Purpose Cleaner [Plastics and Rubbers]
    • AutoSmart Tardis [body and wheels]
    • Valet Pro Snowfoam [body]
    • Chemical Guys Strong Wash [bugs + Tar]
    • Chemical Guys Orange Degreaser [arch liners]
    • Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner [wheels]
    • Autobrite Polar Express drying towel [body]
    • Various microfibers [body]

    Body Work
    • Dodo Juice fine polyclay [body]
    • AutoSmart Reglaze [everything]
    • Menzerna Intensive Polish (P106FA) [correcting and refining]
    • Britemax Pure Cut [Compounding]
    • AutoFinesse Tripple [hard to reach areas]

    Sealants and Waxes
    • Werkstat Prime Acrylic [LSP]
    • Werkstat Jett Acrylic [LSP]
    • Werkstat Acrylic Glos [LSP]
    • AutoFinesse Tripple [Door shuts and interior shiny plastics]

    Plastics, Rubbers and Glass
    • Autosmart Finish [tyres]
    • Autoglym SRP [exhaust]
    • 3M Glass Cleaner [glass inside and out]
    • AutoSmart Finish [Plastics and arch liners]
    • WD40 [Plastics and Rubbers]

    Tools
    • Dodo Juice Spin Doctor Rotary
    • Megs G220 DA
    • Karcher Pressure washer + Snow foam Lance
    • Elite Car Care Heavy Polishing Pad
    • Chemical Guys Hex light polishing pad
    • Swissvax Detail Brushes
    • EZ Detail Wheel Brush
    • 3M 3434 Masking Tape
     
  2. jonjay

    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    CLEAN STAGE

    The car was well looked after by Slick since he bought it to it was a breeze to clean.

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    Degreaser rinsed from bodywork. Evidence of a good wax applied previously that hasn’t quite gone.

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    INSPECTION & DECONTAMINATION

    Without Halogens on you couldn’t really see the swirls.

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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    With Halogens

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    Wolfs needed for iron deposits on the white paintwork.

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    CORRECTION

    We started to correct the body work. This BMW was no exception in terms of paint hardness. Pretty aggressive combination used on the areas of concern. I really like Britemax Pure Cut!! A really underrated product in my view and one that should be considered in the toolbox. Only complaint I have is you need to spur the pad a lot to ensure you don’t inflict your own damage on the paint. I must say a majority of the correction was done by DA with 106FA and 2-3 passes. The more aggressive combination was used on the trouble areas.
     
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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    At this stage the car was looking great. Natural shine really came through and you could really see clear reflections that just were not there before.

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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    TIME TO SEAL THE DEAL

    The Werkstat system was chosen as the weapon of choice for the oncoming winter. As we had 48 hours we could really go to town with the car and apply multiple layers.

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    ALL IN ALL we applied:
    1x layer of Werkstat Prime Acrylic
    4x layers of Acrylic Jett and
    5x Layers of Glos Acrylic

    ….over a 24 hour period.
     
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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    GOING THE EXTRA MILE

    Calipers and hubs were painted with Hammerite high temp black paint.

    Arches and suspension were degreased, cleaned and treated.

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    Engine bay was given a wipe down with APC and dressed.

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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    RESULTS

    After 2 days of solid work.

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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    Two epic days of cleaning my best mate’s car, both of us went all out making sure we covered both the outside, inside and underneath. It was an experiment really to see how far we could go in terms of correction and protection in 2 days to fit in what we want to achieve. Yes we could have spent more time on the paintwork but overall 99% of the defects were gone so to gain that tiny bit more gloss was pointless especially when we cleaned the arches, suspension, engine bay and treated all the interior parts.

    Detailers Notes
    - White cars are hard to detail because in light conditions you cant see the swirls!
     
  9. D.K

    D.K LCR 225

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    Cant belive the amount of swirls for such a young car, good job Maz :D
     
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    Building up quite a BMW portfolio now Maz, need to get another added to that ;)

    Looks quality.
     
  11. alx_chung

    alx_chung Dark Lord of the Torque

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    Great work!
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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    Thanks Alex!

    Liam, you and your weekend work lol delaying things! :)
     
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    Stunning work Maz, looks very special in the afters... not surprised by the befores to be honest, how BMW have the nerve to send cars out like that is beyond me ! Looks like pretty low levels of orange peel for a change though ;)

    The Jeffs should work perfectly and protect the car well into spring next year. Clark at Polished Bliss is a big fan of their products and uses them to great effect :thumbup:

    Also glad to see things are still going well for you on the detailing front, have been thinking more about doing something along the same lines myself recently but its difficult to make the change without the regular work being guaranteed. Think i'll have to look at weekend work first and see how that goes.
     
  14. chris285

    chris285 leon mk1 fr tdi

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    Great work as usual :D
     
  15. gezmeister

    gezmeister I need a derv!!

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    Amazing job you've done :)
     
  16. bubbles1

    bubbles1 Nurburgring Lover

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    WOW ! That's just incredible! My only concern is that if my car was that clean i'd never want to take it out in the rain never mind the salty winter roads lol!
    Must be very satisfying having done such a good job.:1st:
     
  17. JordanMk3

    JordanMk3 WackyColouredWheelsFTW

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    Looks great lads!! Great work!! BMW's really are things of beauty!! Especially when well looked after!! :)
     
  18. jonjay

    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    Thanks guys really appreciate it.
     
  19. Husbandofstinky

    Husbandofstinky Out from the Wilderness

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    How old/how many miles has the car covered?

    Even in the pictures the paintwork looked pretty poor. :confused:
     
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    jonjay 50 Years of 911

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    The car was an ex demo car and driven for several months by a BMW employee before Slick purchased the car. When he first got it upon inspection it wasnt too bad but the thing with white is you never really know the condition until you get a really sunny day or under some decent spot lights. Car cleaned up well but we always knew that BMW probably done a rubbish job keeping the car clean and the way they prepare cars before sale is as you would expect, pretty poor.

    Car was clean in general but needed some knowhow to get car back to like new condition and read for the winter.
     

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