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Old 05-14-2008, 05:04 PM   #1
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Full Correction Imola Red '05 BMW 330ci ZHP

This vehicle was purchased several days prior to it this paint correction. The dealer swirled it quite a bit and applied a type of glaze that hid many of the swirls. It wasn't the worst vehicle I had seen but it did require a multi-step correction.

The weather was overcast and the swirls did not appear until after an IPA wipedown and the sun returned.

Paint Correction Process

-Examine paint condition using dual halogen set-up

-Wash the entire vehicle using the two-bucket method

-Rinse using the sheeting method and dry with waffle weave microfibre

-IPA wipedown to ensure removal of fillers

-Clay with Meguiars Professional Clay and custom formulated spray lubricant

-Re-wash using two-bucket method, sheet-rinse and dry with WW microfibre

-Re-inspect paint using dual halogen set-up

-Tape off a section on the hood to determine the correct method of attack

-Compound with Menzerna PG on Lake Country Yellow Pad

-Polish using Menzerna FP on Lake Country White Pad

-Re-wash using two-bucket method to remove polishing dust and lubricating oils, sheet-rinse and dry with WW microfibre

-Perform inspection of painted surfaces with dual-halogen lighting system

-All painted surfaces and windows sealed with Klasse AIO on Lake Country Black Pad

-Bare hand pure carnauba wax application with Swissvax Saphir

-Kidney grills and chrome window trim sealed with metal restorer

-Plastic/Vinyl/Rubber trim treated with 303 Aerospace Protectant

-Alloy wheels cleaned with Sonax Wheel Gel Cleaner

-Tires dressed with Poorboy's Bold N' Bright

Total time: 12.5 hours




Before shots





Dirt covered the vehicle and, combined with the overcast sky, hid the true condition of the paint.



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Old 05-14-2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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I proceeded to tape off a section of the hood, wipe down the area with 50/50 and perform a test correction.







The area had some significant swirls and determined that a two-step correction, Menzerna PG followed by Menzerna IP would be appropriate.

Continuing with the paint correction...



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Old 05-14-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
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Clean wheels




I didn't get any shots during the polish because it was getting late, so it's straight to final finishing.

Paint Correction complete






Observe how my hand bead water after application of Swissvax.





Prior to removal of the wax.







After Swissvax removal.


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Old 05-14-2008, 05:09 PM   #4
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Prior to pickup by the owner.












The owner admiring the beautiful Imola Red finish on his 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP.





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Old 05-14-2008, 05:21 PM   #5
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Every single picture looks the exact same.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:23 PM   #6
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Bare Hand Wax Application

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:12 PM   #7
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Every single picture looks the exact same.
I kinda have to agree here. While I think your services CAN fix a car (I KNOW my 3.2TL could use it) this car didn't look bad at all...

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Old 05-18-2008, 04:57 PM   #8
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I do my best with what I have available. With this job, I used a point-and-shoot camera with no tripod. It can be difficult, especially with an entry-level camera, to capture the dramatic changes that took place.

I will say that this, the ZHP changed colour, about 2 shades darker and brighter red. This is because the vehicle had a case of mild oxidation. See: Apollo Detailing: 1993 Mazda 626. As well all swirls were removed. The car reflects so you well, you can even see my reflection from about 10-15 ft away.

The changes in this vehicle were dramatic and the same could be said for any vehicle that receives a Paint Correction treatment.
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:00 PM   #9
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this car didn't look bad at all...

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There is a big divide between what the general public finds acceptable and what I find acceptable. Why settle for anything less than perfection?
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:32 PM   #10
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should this be under classify or sponsored vendors section?

coz its like you are selling your service rather than teaching the forum how to do proper detailing...
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:50 PM   #11
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should this be under classify or sponsored vendors section?

coz its like you are selling your service rather than teaching the forum how to do proper detailing...
No, it's correctly placed.
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Old 05-18-2008, 06:48 PM   #12
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The pictures in this thread will never do anything like seeing the car before and after the work is been done red is not the greatest color to use to take pictures black is the best because it shows everything from swirls hair line scratches and hazing and 12.5 hours just to do the outside on this car seems to me to be way to much time the car is not in terrible shape from the get go
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:49 PM   #13
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The pictures in this thread will never do anything like seeing the car before and after the work is been done red is not the greatest color to use to take pictures black is the best because it shows everything from swirls hair line scratches and hazing and 12.5 hours just to do the outside on this car seems to me to be way to much time the car is not in terrible shape from the get go
I couldn't imagine spending 12.5 hrs when I first started this business but my goal is to provide a level of service that exceeds all expectations. To be fair, my goal is to complete this service in 8-10 hrs but off and on rain interfered.

When I first got started, I would knock out a full detail, inside and out, in about 4 hrs. I don't do that type of work anymore because I don't believe it is in my client's best interests.

I plan to offer a service based upon 36-48 hrs of work and complete with several layers of a high content carnauba wax. I'm sure that will turn a few heads.

Cost is to be determined.
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #14
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hey man your work is awesome and you are totally right it takes time to do it right i usually spend 4-5hrs doing a full detail. You went far above waxing the shit out of that car and restorong the paint, It looks awesome. but some people are like ohhh man he spent like 12hr cleaning this car wtf. But people who are smart that start their business in this trade, they do it because they enjoy it. one day ill be as good as you as im still learning diff techniques and experementing with products and such. i will definetly be trying out the swissvax soon pce
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:36 PM   #15
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how much for this exact service?
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