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December 8, 2011

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Intermediate Detail: BMW E46 M3

by Kenneth Tang

A very well-maintained BMW E46 M3 in for a clean & protect detail.

The car has been repainted about 3 months ago and still looks pretty glossy. The car arrived with the usual dirt and grime.

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The wheels were in a terrible shape though.

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IronX was used to ‘bleed’ out the metallic particles embedded in the brake calipers and the wheels. But even this wasn’t enough, so I used ValetPRO’s Bilberry wheel cleaner undiluted. This removed what ever that can be removed very quickly.

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Car is washed with a strong solution of Osren Bubble and Wax shampoo, grills and tight areas were brushed to loosen trapped dirt.

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Clayed with Osren Magic Clay cloth and lower panels were wiped down with Osren Tar Remover.

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Some taping done up to prevent black trim from being stained by polish.

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Since the paint is fairly new, I adviced the owner not to do a full compound yet as the difference is only marginal. It would not be cost-effective and also overkill. So a 1-stepper is done with Meguiar’s #205 Ultra Finishing Polish to remove some light swirl marks and holograms, provide some filling to hide some deeper ones, cleanse the paint and restore overall gloss.

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With little protection on the paint, embedded dirt is plenty.

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A quick spin on the pad washer and it’s ready to go.

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Deeper scratches and scuff marks received multiple hits.

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Interior surfaces are wiped down with Osren Leather Cleaner. Carpet is shampooed with Ambersil’s Upholstery Cleaner.

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Lots of dirt from the original mats.

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Next, exhausts!

The tailpipes were large enough that I could fit in Lake Country’s polishing ball attached to a drill.
This made them look fantabulous!

Autosol was used (2-3hits), followed by Meguiar’s NXT AlLl Metal Polish which acts as a ‘finishing polish’ since the abrasives are finer.

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With the tailpipes done, all panel gaps were wiped down with ValetPRO’s Citrus Bling. A very nice product to clean up painted parts and leaving some shine with slickness. Duragloss #601 Polish Bonding Agent is used to loosen the oils from M205 and help Duragloss #105 Total Performance Polish cure faster and bond better.

Finally, tires are dressed with Meguiar’s Hyperdressing. Enjoy the final photos!

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That’s it and thanks for looking!!!

P.S To my regular followers, if you are wondering about the long absence of posts, it is because I have been sick for a while and have lots to catch up on. Now I’m back up again and do expect posts to be consistent again. Oh, besides that, I have a new weekend distraction, PAINTBALL!!!

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If I am not detailing, then I am paintballing, I play at Canyon Paintball mostly, come join me. 🙂

Till then! Happy detailing all!

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. VX55
    Dec 8 2011

    Great to read your post again 🙂
    Good job once again *thumbs up*

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    • Dec 9 2011

      Thanks bro!

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      • Feb 4 2012

        Sí, sí que tenía pinta de ncaesiter un buen repaso. Menos mal que esta gente sabe lo que hace, jejej.En cuanto al término, se usa el anglosajón detailer. Por lo que sería “enhorabuena a los detailers” por ejemplo

  2. Great job, for exhaust clean & polish, I prefer steel wool first and before polish.
    Welcome to the job.
    Saludos desde México.

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    • Dec 10 2011

      Mucho gracias Arturo!

      Reply
  3. Toni
    Dec 8 2011

    Nice work Ken! Hope you are well now!
    Waiting forward in seeing more posts from you.

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    • Dec 10 2011

      Thanks Toni!

      Reply
  4. Jeremy Redknapp
    Dec 8 2011

    great to see you back! you are deeply missed!

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    • Dec 10 2011

      Good to be back! Thanks!

      Reply
  5. Kok Choon
    Dec 8 2011

    Good to see you back. Until now haven’t see any sanding article, might consider sharing some wet and dry sanding techniques to remove orange peal.

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    • Dec 10 2011

      Hi Kok Choon, there is a reason for this, it’s because I don’t know how! I’ve honestly never tried removing OP with sanding before.

      Reply
  6. Dec 12 2011

    And I thought what happened to Fishbonez! I have been missing your awesome post. This is a nice comeback.

    Very marvelous detail on this M3 and a whole lot of premium products used as usual…

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    • Dec 28 2011

      Thanks Anand bro!

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  7. LeMarque
    Jan 3 2012

    Hi.

    What is that setup with the yellow bucket? It looks like it collects waste water.

    Could you provide details?

    Thanks – Lance

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    • Jan 5 2012

      Hi Lance,

      That yellow bucket is the bottom half of my wet/dry vacuum cleaner. It is the dirty water sucked out from the carpets after scrubbing with fabric cleaner. A more ‘manual’ way since I don’t have an extractor yet.

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  8. Jan 10 2012

    ma ma mia my buddy
    great works to show the true heart of a great detailer
    Keep them coming ya

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    • Jan 11 2012

      ma ma mia KC,
      thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂
      and also thank you for suggesting the macro extension tube to be used. Can get really close up shots!

      Reply
  9. Aug 12 2014

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    as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

    Reply

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