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04-09-2011, 01:36 PM #11
Great job! couple questions if you could please answer.
what are the benefits of hand applying wax? what did you mean by a pyramid pattern?
04-09-2011, 04:37 PM #12
04-10-2011, 03:47 AM #13
Alex, Great Question.
I put together something...
Taking a great wax product and heating it up with your hands and the friction against the paint actually turns it into more of a wax. Most of the waxes that we buy are still just a paste right out the jar.
Example: We wax the car as normal then we leave it on the car for several min. till it hazes. Then we wipe it off. The air while the wax sits on the car, after the friction behind applying it turns it into a wax.
But we wait for it to haze or turn to wax.
By doing it by bare hand it induces it. We create the wax before it touches the paint. If that makes sense?
(2 spots)Take any wax. and with a finger rub it on the paint, then with applicator gently apply as normal. Let sit for a few min, then wipe both off. The one by bare hand will set harder to the paint and you will feel the difference under the towel. Its much harder to get off.
A lot like a surf board
Now the Pyramid...
Wet sanding is very harsh on paint even with 3000 grit.
after wet sand:
#1) Green pad. I cut it back to the color (but does not mean it doesn't have marks)
#2) Yellow pad. same Ex cut compound (removes 90% of the marks)
Note: I don't want to be to aggressive with the compound and put the paint under to much stress.
#3) white pad. I do a light polish with swirl mark remover 3M #2
-I skipped the orange pad and went to white-
-I also skipped over the light compound-
Now where back to a typical paint with minor defects.
#4) Begin Detail process as normal with a light compound orange/tangerine pad or wool with PC, Polish, Polish, Polish, Polish, seal and wax.
The wax on this BMW took about 2 hours to remove gently as that's how well bonded to the paint it was.
Feel free to ask any other questions if that doesn't make any sense.
04-10-2011, 06:58 AM #14
beautiful job there , and damn 60 hrs . thats krazy .. finsh job looks great wsh u were local
04-10-2011, 07:20 AM #15
Great shots! Amazing detail. Keep up the good work!
04-10-2011, 07:24 AM #16
wow you guys did a fantastic job, i need to get a good detail, jet black is a bitch to take care of *sigh*
04-10-2011, 04:07 PM #17
Looks Fantastic AO!!
I feel your pain, BMW black is one of my more "dreaded" paint finishes. Working on a graphite E90 at the moment and she's sure adding to my thoughts on BMW paint haha.
I agree on the camera making the results stand out more, point and shoots dont do it justice ever. Ultimately, results like this aren't justified even with the best camera. In person is always where it's at. Keep it up man!!
04-11-2011, 01:57 AM #18
wow yet another absolutely stunning detail...the entire car looked phenomenal!
Do you mind divulging your engine bar techniques? It looked brand new again!
04-11-2011, 04:41 AM #19
Thank You ALL for the kind words! It means everything to me, Thank You!
Autoluxe, The engine was not in that bad of shape from the start.
With that much buffing going on I did go back and forth to it several times, consistently with a vacuum an brush. Once I was truly done with compounding I misted all plastics with 303 and allowed it to sit over night. Along the inside portion of the bonnet and around the inside portion of the quarter panels was wiped down with the Glossworkz from CG along with anything else made of metal. I like the Glossworks Glaze because it provides a slippery surface much like the Black Light sealant, and it pops color!
I never degreased the motor, as it didn't need it. If I would have, I feel it would have dulled the color of the plastics. Mostly just a lot of brushing dirt and dust into the vacuum. It was also the 2nd to last thing I touched up right before the customer arrived. The last thing done was putting the license plate back on!
Since I mentioned Glossworkz... that's what I used to polish the black back to the wheels. The 50/50 in the blk part of the wheels, that was all Glossworkz with Drill gun and soft pad. Then protected with Jetseal. no,no,no metal polish on that section of the wheels, that's probably how they wound up all scratched up!
04-12-2011, 06:37 PM #20
killer job man! and another great write up! I always love it when you post up threads I know the work is always great!