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09-17-2012, 01:08 AM #1
ShowCarDetailing.com Conquers Torn up Jerez Black M3 w/Video
Hello, my name is Richard Lin and I wanted to introduce you to my company, ShowCarDetailing.com. We are relatively new sponsors in Luxury4Play, however we've been perfecting paint in the Orange County, California area since 2005 and have been helping enthusiasts on the major detailing & enthusiast forums ever since. We also attend as sponsors a dozen national events each year to teach people about proper paint care. I go by the forum name of OctaneGuy (please Google it) and I write a bi-monthly detailing article for the BMWCCA Whispering Bomb. Just to give a little more history, Mike Phillips of ShowCarGarage.com and I were partners back in the day and we were well known within the Meguiar's communities.
For my first post on L4P, we have a 2009 Jerez Black M3 that was unfortunately repainted without the owners knowledge. When the M3 first came to me, I made the incorrect assumption that the paint would be extremely soft like the other dozen or so Jerez Black M3's I've done. However this one proved to be different. The owner had taken European delivery of this car and it was a CPO. For the past two years, he had a detailer that was maintaining the paint but the love was gone and he was ready to sell the car. Fortunately for both of us, he found us and came for an evaluation where we went over all of the details of his paint and what we could do for him and in the end, we restored the love for his car and it was no longer for sale. A recent "dyno day" confirmed by others that his paint was "amazing", and "best looking Jerez Black they had ever seen", "unbelievable"..were some of the phrases thrown out.
This is how the car first arrived...how can I describe this paint nicely? It was hazy, had buffer trails, swirls, RIDs everywhere. We have two different thickness gauges to determine paint thickness. One is a standard gauge that reads paint thickness on aluminum and steel and the other is a PosiTector 200 which reads up to 3 layers of paint thickness using ultrasound technology on any substrate including fiberglass and carbon fiber. It's an expensive tool that few detailers own but when it comes to accurately accessing the paint, there is nothing better.
Sonax Full Effect and an EZ Brush was used to safely remove the brake dust from the wheel.
The wheels are rinsed with distilled water. Yes distilled, not RO or di (deionized), but distilled. We have two water distillers that boil water turning it to steam, collecting the absolutely pure water and storing it in a 60 gallon tank. It's very slow to process water this way but it gets 0-1 ppm TDS water, the same as the dentist is permitted to use on you.
During our prep stage, the paint is decontaminated using Prima CosmoNot which is intended to remove the waxy cosmoline found on European cars. However it's also great for removing tar and other road contaminants.
The paint is given a thorough distilled water rinse again
Then it's foamed using our Autobrite foam lance. We contain the water on our containment mat.
Here I am doing a polishing test with our Rupe LHR-75 DA. Please excuse the background mess. We were remodeling the shop at the time.
Last edited by ShowCarDetailing; 09-17-2012 at 01:11 AM.
09-17-2012, 01:09 AM #2
Check out some of the test results
By this time, it was quite clear the 2 year old clear bra HAD to go. It took some convincing but the client relented, mostly because he was watching the progress of his car on FaceBook and knew it was looking amazing.
Who says clear bra doesn't yellow anymore?
The adhesive was removed and the paint was prepped for polishing
Moving on to the roof
Look at the rear quarter panel..buffer trails
The paint was polished using many tools including the Makita and Flex rotaries, the Rupes LHR-75 DA, GG DAs and we used Sonax Perfect Finish, Prima Swirl, Prima Slick mixed with IPA for wipedowns.
We use 5000 Lumen LED lights which are more critical than even sunlight. We have spent many years working with lighting manufacturers developing the best lights for showing defects. Long before detailers were using LED headlamps and flashlights people would scoff that we work in the dark using low wattage point source lights instead of the typical ultra hot halogen work lamps that people commonly use. We know that if we can perfect the paint using the least flattering lights, the paint is going to look amazing. After polishing we use IPA to remove anything that could be masking the actual paint surfaces. Although there are many polishes that we can use to minimize defects or improve surface gloss and richness, this M3 was being Opti-Coated and the paint has to be perfect before it can be coated.
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09-17-2012, 01:10 AM #3
We noticed the b-pillars were swirled out, so we couldn't leave that
Greatly improved! Not perfect, but about as safe as we can go before compromising the plastic.
Ok and finally we take the M3 outside for some pix.
A couple of notes...the color of the sunlight and lack of hard shadows shows this was taken during the most flattering time of the day, aka the Golden Hour. Unfortunately for picture taking, this is all we have in terms of showing what the paint looked like in terms of stills. So what we did was make a little two minute video where we could follow the car under direct sunlight. It starts out with some "BEFORE" pix followed by a daylight shoot.
Thanks for reading our first hope and hope you enjoy our work.
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09-17-2012, 02:32 AM #4
WOW. great work as usual, Richard. To get that car any better you'd have to repaint it!My Garage Build Thread...Hidden Content
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09-17-2012, 02:57 AM #5
Amazing work - I love doing this myself personally but I learn every time I read about (or get to witness in person) tricks to do it better.
09-17-2012, 04:47 AM #6
Great job guys"Know the difference between how much it costs and what it's worth" Warren Buffett
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