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E46 M3 in for a complete detail minus paint correction. This car got full correction earlier this year and since then the owner has done a tremendous job keeping the car swirl free using a proper 2 bucket wash method and quality microfiber towels.

I always tell my customers the first detail is the most extensive and from there on out (with proper care) only light maintenance is needed, this car is proof of that :thumb:

The goal this time around was to prep the car and get it well protected for winter. I apologize for the lack of step by step pictures in this writeup, with more cars coming and going I dont always have the time to document each step or even get a writeup together at all.

Started with the CSL wheels using Sonax applied to the wheel dry and let it sit for 10 minutes, I get to work cleaning when the gel turns BLOOD RED, not just pink. After rinsing tar spots were removed using Tardis and the tires and wheel wells were degreased and scrubbed clean of old dressing.



Car beading nicely in the rain...



Car was gently clayed using Sonus green clay and then 4 or so IPA wipedowns were done to make sure all prior protection was full stripped.

Quick check under the LED, almost zero swirls on the finish, time for protection.



Applying Menzerna powerlock by machine, first of 2 coats



Glass coating applied to windshield and left to cure



Several hours after powerlock I applied Collinite 915 wax, first coat on day one and second coat the following morning. Wheels treated with Rejex for protection

915 is one of only a couple waxes that I own, it looks really nice but it is an absolute pain to apply properly without caking up. This wax cures hard and relatively fast but its durability is outstanding hence why I used it. Oh and wear gloves when applying this stuff unless you want your palms to bead water... this isnt me being sarcastic, it actually happens :shakehead:



All cured and ready to be removed



The interior is kept in great shape just a light cleaning of the leather followed by conditioning plus all plastics trim and carpet were tidied up. End result a very matte natural look, just what I like.

All exterior plastic trim, tires, wheel wells, exhaust etc. was dressed and cleaned as needed.



Some finished shots outside







Close up of the carbon black







 

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Thanks for sharing that looks amazing.

Didn't realize that Carbon Black was so blue/purple. Or is that just because of the lighting/camera white balance?
 

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Awesome work Dave, that thing looks wet afterwards. Might have to pickup some of that Collinite 915 (and some gloves :lol:)
 

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That's what I call a DEEP shine. Well done.
 

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nice work Dave. haha it was nice seeing you at the euro show on sun.
Really Chris? As I recall you referred to my outfit as "old man style" that day

No worries, that wasnt half as bad as that biker who attempted to murder me at that red light, that was a close one :lol:

That's what I call a DEEP shine. Well done.
Thank you sir!
 
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