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      07-25-2011, 02:19 PM   #485
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If I was in NY right now, I'd hit you up for a detail Mike.

I'm going to clay my car this week and then apply glaze/sealant. There are some deposits on the paint and it's been almost three months since my last sealant application.
Thoughts much appreciated - car lovers need only apply .

Whats stuck on the paint? Bee deuces? Or some type of bonded junk?
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Thoughts much appreciated - car lovers need only apply .

Whats stuck on the paint? Bee deuces? Or some type of bonded junk?
Hey Mike - I wash my car weekly (two bucket wash method, sheepskin mits, maintenance shampoo) so it's relatively clean, but recently I noticed small deposits here and there (dirt or bonded junk, IDK what it is - not sap or anything like that). They don't come off in a regular wash so I figured it's time to do some light claying - at least on the hood/roof/trunk and a bit around the side skirts. Most of the car is OK.

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-Use a citrus wash to strip off as much as possible (Chemical Guys)
-Dry w/ microfiber
-Use Dodo Juice clay lube + fine grade clay to go over surfaces that need it

Now I do have a question, do I need to wash again after the clay or can I just use some instant detailer at that point?
I don't have enough time in one day to do the glaze+ sealant in the same session, I will do it the very next day.

Thanks Mike.
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You have tons of options here.

For the interest of time you could just pull the car inside wet, and just clay then, that way its that much less touching with the towel, but also the water will help as well.

As for born slippy, I *think* it leaves a little slipping agent behind, so a rinse is recommended - or just don't purchase it if you haven't already and use your preferred QD in its place. A rinse is a good idea otherwise just incase that stuff you are claying off becomes knocked loose, but still around on the paint. It doesn't need to be a 15 minute rinse, just get the stuff off kinda thing. This is the reason we tell guys to just get something like Final Inspection, ONR QD(my personal fave - I go through a couple gallons a week), or OID from OPT, so if something is left, its the kinda thing that's "supposed" to be left by a QD- that way it doesn't cause a problem with polishing, but is also easily wiped away with IPA or FI.

I tend to wash - clay while wet - rinse if its THAT bad or in the case of overspray - or just move on to drying. Sometimes, depending on the location(and weather) I will dry the car first, and clay it with Final Inspection, wiping up the clay lube as I go section by section. Its really up to you but with DD BS I think you have to rinse albeit nothing crazy.

If you choose to wash, I think if you just dropped your suds on each section, and worked around the car, you probably wouldn't have to wash(as in wiping motion) and could rinse off.

It sorta sounds like your contaminates might be tiny tar flecks, or just non metallic fallout especially seeing your location now. I think a fine grade should be more that adequate. The cleaning action from the glaze should brighten your LeMans really nicely.

Do I make sense without making you over-think everything(I am terrible sometimes)?
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Awesome, awesome - what a reply!

I have all the stuff I need, except a solid few hours' time. Yes the Dodo clay lube is very slippery, even more so than ID (I have Optimum ID).
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For the interest of time you could just pull the car inside wet, and just clay then, that way its that much less touching with the towel, but also the water will help as well.
Very good point ... that did not occur to me.

Based on what you said, this is what I will plan for
-Wash car (Chemical Guys citrus)
-Rinse but don't dry, clay necessary surfaces
-Rinse again
-Dry and apply ID

Next day:
-Wash
-Dry
-Glaze (Chemical Guys EZ-Creme)
-Sealant (Blackfire Wet Diamond)
-OID
And for wheels - Poorboy's Wheel Sealant, Optimum Tire Shine.

Other things - I have a pressure washer that can mix solution into the spray so I put it on low and use it to foam the car and let it sit for a minute or two before I start. Seems to make cleaning easier.
Additionally I have a powerful blow vac I used to help the drying process.

Nice to talk detailing ... it's something I truly enjoy doing.
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You know realistically you should be able to clay, foam/suds, PW off, then actually just flood rinse the car so it just drags all the water off, then you can forced air dry it and use OID to get the light spots specs.

You can also use your EZ creme on wheels, treat it as a light polish and give them a quick once over before your PB sealant. It should clean the surface nicely and probably give you some extra gloss after you buff the sealant.

I like a "grippy but slippy" clay lube myself, but really all the details we do are all correctional and enhancement, so if it marrs, no big deal because we will be polishing anyway. I feel like things like ONR QD and Final Inspection(try this sometime) allow me to feel the clay on the surface better.

I enjoy it too - I am very lucky to do what I do
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EZ Creme on the wheels you say ... I will definitively give that a try.

Always a delicate process to wash a nice car ...from what I can tell, there are no visible scratches or even faint swirls on my clearcoat, and I plan to keep it that way. Within a week of getting it I had done the EZ-Creme and sealant, it's held up well.

I'll see if I can photograph my process. Hopefully the weather holds up and I can start tomorrow after work.

Thanks again Mike.
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[thread anxiously awaits pics of LeMans Blue E92 after fresh prep from its owner]
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I worked on her for 2 1/2 hours last night, this is what I ended up doing:

Soak car, spray with P21S
Rinse after a few minutes
Washed with Chemical Guys Citrus wash
Clayed with Dodo Juice lube + fine grade clay
Rinsed thoroughly
Sprayed wheels w/ SONAX, then brush cleaned with leftover citrus wash
Dried + applied Optimum ID
Chemical Guys EZ-Creme glaze applied to wheels, let dry, buffed off
Applied Poor Boy's wheel sealant
Applied Optimum tire shine

Paint seems stripped of all the old stuff, so that's great. There was hardly anything on the paint to clay, so it took only about an hour. Just some spots around the side skirts and one or two deposits on the hood/trunk lid.
It was pitch black outside by the time I finished. And guess what happened after that ... it poured. But I don't care much, since I am washing again today.

Tonight:
Wash + dry
Chemical Guys EZ-Creme glaze
Blackfire Wet Diamond sealant
Optimum ID

I shall take pics
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Also guys I have made an appointment with Alex at Helix Motorsports in Philly to get an AR 4" Catless downpipe and a JB3 N55 Stage 1 tune. Looking for gains +50-60HP, conservatively.

I will be the first N55'er with the BMW Performance Exhaust + AR DP. Total overkill, as a lot are content to just use the stock exhaust + downpipes. But I like overkill.
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Also guys I have made an appointment with Alex at Helix Motorsports in Philly to get an AR 4" Catless downpipe and a JB3 N55 Stage 1 tune. Looking for gains +50-60HP, conservatively.

I will be the first N55'er with the BMW Performance Exhaust + AR DP. Total overkill, as a lot are content to just use the stock exhaust + downpipes. But I like overkill.
Charles did you Buy ur Bimmer?
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Nope, I always lease. It's very likely I will buy this car out, so I am doing more mods than I thought I would. I haven't done anything that can't be reversed in an hour or so.
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Nope, I always lease. It's very likely I will buy this car out, so I am doing more mods than I thought I would. I haven't done anything that can't be reversed in an hour or so.
You have spend a lot of money on Mods thats for sure but..... You'll have a great # of mods for sale when your lease is up that is unless you buy her!!!


I will love to see all the mods you have made when we have another meet. I hope we schedule one shortly!
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first post here, i figured this was the thread to do it

placed my order with the dealership in Endicott NY on 7/7/11, has been the longest wait ever so far and im only like 3 weeks in :-\

ordered an E92 in a 6spd, Le Mans Blue, Oyster/Black interior, with convenience/premium/msport packages, along with navi, HK sound, heated seats, and probably a couple other things im not thinking of right now.

cannot wait to take delivery in god knows how long. will be my first BMW, so i'm looking forward to it. nice to know theres a crew of sorts in this part of the state. i moved up here for work at the beginning of the year and havent met hardly anyone, so maybe this'll get me meeting some folks
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first post here, i figured this was the thread to do it

placed my order with the dealership in Endicott NY on 7/7/11, has been the longest wait ever so far and im only like 3 weeks in :-\

ordered an E92 in a 6spd, Le Mans Blue, Oyster/Black interior, with convenience/premium/msport packages, along with navi, HK sound, heated seats, and probably a couple other things im not thinking of right now.

cannot wait to take delivery in god knows how long. will be my first BMW, so i'm looking forward to it. nice to know theres a crew of sorts in this part of the state. i moved up here for work at the beginning of the year and havent met hardly anyone, so maybe this'll get me meeting some folks
Sick!!! Awesome car ... sounds like it's loaded. You did the right thing ordering it, that way you get exactly what you want. I assure you, it is worth every days' wait. When you go to the dealer to pick it up and see it there you will . One of the top 5 best moments of my life.

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Here is a pic of my car after my wash today.
I have to say, I just started using Optimum No Rinse ... the stuff is awesome. Granted I would not wash my car with it had it been very dirty, but for the rain spots and dust on there, it worked perfectly and only took me 30 minutes to do the whole car.

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Largest meet ever....... No not really, probably may be the smallest meet ever, actually it was more of a greet and coffee but maybe next time. If you guys do the next Rochester meet and do it after 6 - Im in!

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Finally put some new wheels on the 335i. Wanted something kinda OEM that looked like it could have come on the car, not super flashy. I am getting too old to need the added attention.

Wheels are Alufelgen SF-71's

Specs 19 x 8.5 fronts and 19 x 9.5 rears.

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Coral Red interiors FTW!!!!!!
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e92doc - nice pics. Coral red ... I considered going with the superman combo on my car (blue+red), almost wish I did now.

Jeller - definitely a nice choice with the wheels. They maintain the OEM look. Drop looks awesome.
Time to wrap the window trim perhaps? Maybe some M3 sides?
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e92doc - nice pics. Coral red ... I considered going with the superman combo on my car (blue+red), almost wish I did now.
Your car looks perfect- I wouldn't change a thing with yours. Thanks for the compliments
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