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      07-15-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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'07 E90 Alpine White Paint Correction

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I bartered some work with a friend and recently was able to drop the car off with him to spend some time with it. Here is the outcome


Process
-Wheels: CG Diablo Gel (4:1) w/ Wheel Woolies, Soft Wheel Sponge & Various Brushes
-Tires: Tuf Shine Tire Cleaner & Tuf Shine Tire Brush
-Bug & Tar Pre-Soak: CG Bug Bugger & Tar Remover (6:1)
-Pre-Soak: CG Citrus Wash (foam left to dwell for 5-7 minutes)
-Wash: CG Citrus Wash & Sheep Skin Wash Mitt
-Decontaminate: Iron X
-Dry: DI Waffle Weave Drying Towels
-Tape: 3M Blue Painters Tape
-Paint Thickness Readings Taken
-Polish: Menzerna PF2500 on Orange Light Cutting Pad via Rupes LHR21ES Sp. 5 (5.5" pads) & PC7424XP Sp. 5-6 (3" & 4" Pads)
-IPA Wipedown (~15% solution)
-Sealant: CG Black Light on Black Finishing Pad via PC7424XP Sp. 4
-Wax: CG Pete's 53 Black Pearl Signature Paste Wax via P21S Signature Wax Applicators
-Tire Dressing: Optimum Opti-Bond Tire Gel (3 coats due to tires soaking up the dressing)
-Exhaust Tips: CG Metal Wax (polish and protection) via MF Towel


Before

The car was pretty dirty when it showed up, but the defects were still easily visible. Swirls, scratches, water spots, bugs, dirt, etc.







The wheels showed typical levels of dirt and brake dust build up.




During

As always, I began by cleaning the wheels. CG Diablo Gel was left to dwell on the wheel for a minute or so in order to starts cutting through the brake dust and grime.





After the wheel is clean, I move to the tire. Clean tires allow for a better look and longer lasting tire shine. These tires were quite dirty.



After the wheels and tires were cleaned, the car was foamed and washed, it was then treated with Iron X to remove bonded Iron particles from the paint. Iron X is a very useful product that turns purple as it dissolves the iron. It is especially fun to work with on a white car so you can really see the color transformation as the product is working.









Once the paint was clean and free of contamination, I was able to see the real condition of it. It had a lot of swirls and deeper scratches. Here you can see the texture in the paint due to the large amount of swirls.













After a thorough inspection, I began with my test spot on the hood. Here is the spot prior to polishing.


Cleaned up nicely!



Fender prior to correction.


After Correction.



Trunk prior to correction.


After Correction.


Before/After Video of trunk section:
[video=youtube;mzWOFJH2ZEA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzWOFJH2ZEA[/video]


Other fender prior to correction.


After Correction.



Door prior to correction.


After correction.


50/50 Shot comparing the front door (polished) to rear door (not yet polished).



50/50 Shot showing the corrected section vs. uncorrected section on the rear passenger door. Nice improvement!



Nicely Polished paint!



Polishing exhaust tips - left has been cleaned, right has not.


Exhaust tip before


And after polishing & protection




After

Once polishing was complete, the car was coated with a layer of sealant and then a layer of wax. It is difficult to show the gloss of a white vehicle in bright sunlight, so I took a couple of pictures inside the garage to show off the intense shine that the paint had!





Car looked great, very bright and very white!



Wheels and tires all cleaned up.



Nice and glossy finish... not too bad for a white car!















Glamour Shot.
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      07-15-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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      07-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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very nice!
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So much gloss for a white car!
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And after polishing & protection

Hey Booztd 3! that is some fine metal polishing! I'm having some trouble getting the same finish on my tips. There seem to be some dirt that is baked on. I cannot even remove it with steel wool. Any recommendations? Is it only possible to remove with polish?
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Very noticable difference, nice work.
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This looks amazing. Well done. I'm pretty local, what would the cost of this type of thing be? I honestly don't have the equipment or skill to DIY
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      03-19-2014, 10:41 AM   #8
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Great work!
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nice job! the car looks awesome!! how long did it take you to get it done?
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