BMW Z3 - before and after!!!!

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by jared_IRL, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Hey guys,


    Oh, and I did this today, outside. 99 degrees, full sun. So my entire process revolved around products that could be used in the sun. And yes, I'm sunburned as a MF'er.

    Here's the nuts and bolts of this detail! One of the hardest i've ever done... And the most rewarding! It was fantastic! The after looks like a whole new car, and even though the before pics may not look so bad, the car looked 'grey' in person... it was a shame. Not to mention, this was the first time i've ever tackled touching up such a prominent ding on a car... Anyway, on to the process:

    Wash w/ NXT carwash
    Clay
    touch up ding (sand, primer, 4 coats color, 4 coats clear, wetsand w/2000)
    Perfect it - fine cut w/ Wool pad on PC (6)
    Perfect it -fine cut w/ cutting pad on PC (6)
    Chemical Guys Lasercut w/ cutting pad on PC (6) x2
    NXT by hand - let haze for 30 minutes
    Natty's Blue by hand - let haze for 30 minutes

    Coat of NXT on the wheels, tires done with turtlewax platinium gel

    Leather on interior done with Blue Magic Leather, vinyl deep cleaned with Blue magic leather and vinyl cleaner.

    wood was waxed with Natty's blue.

    A couple of small reviews will follow the pics...

    The paint chip:

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    After:

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    The paint:

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    After:

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    The car:

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    Random reflection shot:

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    Interior:

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    Ok... Thoughts?

    A few things... 3M Perfect it Fine cut is still my power cutting compound of choice. Nothing compares. I've tried a bunch of the other popular ones, for some reason, I keep coming back to this... I love it.

    Laserbuff = Awesome! It's a great medium cutting/polishing/filling product. It darkens the paint, smooths it out, and leaves a smooth look and feel to the paint that i've had to use two and three products to get in the past...

    BlueMagic leather/Vinyl cleaner can get anything out. I'm convinced. It's like a miracle product for me. This car's interior is completely tan, including the dash, which means it was ridiculiously dirty. The cleaner, along with a microfiber towel, got every last scuff out... I was shocked.

    The turtle wax tire gel is a neat concept, a bit messy, and a bit too shiny for my tastes. But it's durability has shown on my other vehicles, so I am sticking by it...

    NXT paste was a bit finicky in the sun, but I knew that already. It left some streaking, but I was able to get all of it out.

    Ok. That's it for me. I gotta go get another beer. and take a nap. I'm beat.
     
  2. spitfyre

    spitfyre OT Supporter

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    holy shit!!!! Very nice work!!!
     
  3. Skoles

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    Scottwho now?
     
  4. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Excellent work, really professional job on the hood.

    No hazing from using only cutting pads on the paint? Normally I step down to a polishing pad for the last polishing step-although on Corvettes you normally don't have to because the paint is so damn hard.
     
  5. MartyFukstein

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    That looks really good. How long did that take? :eek5:
     
  6. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Scott,

    I actually started to go over the paint again with a polishing pad and Laserbuff, but after one panel, I realized that it wasn't adding anything, and the paint was already crystal clear... So why bother.

    The paint on this thing was super hard. Which is why I started with the wool pad. I definitly progressed towards smoother polishing, just didn't need to use the polishing pad.

    But next time I do the car i'll be using the polishing pad, as it won't need the cutting like it did this time...

    Thanks again for all the compliments! I love the way it came out!

    edit - 4 or so hours on the paint, another 3-4 on the rest of the car, and a solid 3-4 on the ding. I had the car for a few days, so I took my time. The touch up was the hardest part, with all the wetsanding, as well as dealing with the paint not liking the heat... It was a pain in the balls...
     
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  7. Sandlapper

    Sandlapper Nothing is Finer, than Carolina!

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    Holy Sheeeiitt!!! :eek5:

    They better have paid you well!!!

    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
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    Very nice work there.
     
  10. Sonar_un

    Sonar_un Prowler Orange

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    Thats such amazing work on that ding. I didn't even think it was possible to remove such a thing without a major repaint. Very nice.
     

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