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August 28, 2012

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Intermediate Detail: BMW M6

by Kenneth Tang

Quad exhausts, V10 engine, carbon fibre roof, a subtle monster in disguise. The tired looking paint and dirty leather makes it unattractive, let’s make it handsome again. [ 116 photos ]

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Some before photos of the interior,

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I started by washing the mats by machine scrubbing them with Malco Lubrisuds All Purpose Shampoo. This was then pressure rinsed and extracted.

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Then I proceeded by thoroughly vacuuming the interior. Just discovered a neat trick, taping your flashlight to the vacuum nozzle, sure makes you see much better in a dark interior.

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All leather surfaces were cleaned with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (10:1), using a melamine sponge and rinsed with a damp cloth and steam. Other surfaces were wiped down with the same cleaner and tight areas dusted down with steam. Finally protected with Gtechniq L1 Leather Guard and C6 Matte Dash.

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PhotobucketSteaming the crevices to blast out any cleaner residue

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The final results of the interior,

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Next is the glass, waterspots were very obvious and obstructs the view of the driver especially at night when the street light hits the glass and highlight all these annoying stains.

Firstly, the surrounding edges were taped up. Machine polished with DA, Carpro Ceriglass and Sonax Felt Pad.
Corners done by hand with Osren Felt Blocks and areas where the blocks couldn’t reach were done with a cut felt pad. Finally protected with Wetshine Prizm Coat for water repellency of up to two years.

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PhotobucketWaterspot free and without instilling new scratches to the glass

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Tires – Osren Multi Clean (1:1)
Wheels – Valetpro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner (1:3) and Osren StainX
Wheel Wells – Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (1:4)

Tar removed with Osren tar remover. Tires dressed with Valetpro Traditional Tire Dressing a wheels wiped down with Duragloss Aquawax.

Before photos,

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After,

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PhotobucketUsing a sponge applicator purchased from Daiso

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Now let’s turn our attention to the body. The paint itself was in okay shape, not much swirls, but water marks were very heavy on the boot and bonnet, probably due to a half covered car porch.
So the process was:

1) Washed with Osren Bubble and Wax shampoo.

2) Panel gaps and non painted areas brushed with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (4:1) and Meguiar’s Slide Lock brush.

3) Paintwork smoothened with Osren Magic Clay Cloth. Followed by Osren Tar Remover on lower panels.

4) Boot and bonnet polished with Meguiar’s #105 Ultra-Cut Compound/Lake Country yellow cutting pad/rotary polisher

5) Boot, bonnet and the rest of the car finished with Meguiar’s #205 Ultra-Finishing Polish/Lake Country white polishing pad/ Flex forced-rotation DA

6) Paintwork sealed with Wetshine Spectra Seal paint sealant.

 

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PhotobucketOsren StainX used with a nozzle brush

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PhotobucketTar spots before

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PhotobucketSlight hazing caused by the clay cloth and also watermark etchings

PhotobucketAfter polishing, I removed the protective sheets

PhotobucketWetshine Spectra Seal paint sealant, 3 months durability

PhotobucketPro tip: wrap an MF cloth over an ice-cream stick to remove polish/wax residue stuck between panel gaps

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That’s it, thanks for looking!
Feel free to leave your comments, good or bad, all are appreciated.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. jackson
    Aug 28 2012

    Great, now i have to go buy ice cream with a stick. Have to stop buying McD sundae for a while. LOL 😀

    Anyway, jokes aside, great job ken!

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    • Aug 28 2012

      Hahaha! I bought the ice cream sticks at a stationary store actually, comes in a pack of 10.

      Reply
  2. Jules
    Aug 28 2012

    Awesome!

    I cannot tell you how much I love your videos (sounds wrong), but please include more videos in your future post.

    I also noticed that you switched from Degreaser FX to Multiclean for the tires and dedicated wheel cleaner for the rims, any particular reason?

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    • Aug 28 2012

      Your comments always put a big smile on my face!

      Thanks, I will try to put more videos 🙂

      DFX is kinda weak, even diluted at 1:1, because it was formulated to be more ‘consumer friendly’, less strong chemical smell, etc. it doesn’t turn brown as quickly as multi cleaner does on tires.

      On the rims, dedicated wheel cleaner works better to dissolve brake dust, degreaser can work also, but I would think that it will leave some brake dust behind which I still have to follow up with a stronger cleaner. So it’s better if you use a dedicated wheel cleaner, if the wheels are clear coated (no bare metal), Meguiar’s Wheel Brightener, which is acidic, works amazing.

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  3. marcus
    Sep 5 2012

    spent so much effort on M6,should go for glass coat…yours thousands tonnes hardworks abit wasted..lol

    cheers:)

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  4. Dec 13 2012

    oh cool! really alot effort to clean this M6! What a great job! 😀

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  5. wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this
    sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing.
    I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

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  6. Jan 18 2017

    WOW, this is awesome. I recently did detailing of my car from Motoring Street in pune, my car looks brand new now.

    Reply

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