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      04-26-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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iTrader: (22) - Much needed paint correction on this BMW M5 e39

A great customer came to us with his "NEW" to him BMW M5 e39 - it was mechanically in great condition and to the best of his knowledge at pick up was "Detailed". After a couple of washes he was a bit surprised to see how his "NEW" car looked. He called us up and we were brought on to fix all the dealers mistakes.

Subject: BMW M5
Requirement: Customer requested to fix his paint on his new to him M5. Glaze when used under the wrong hands is just not good.


- Wheels were prepped with Sonax Wheel Cleaner and cleaned up with various brushes
- Tires were spritzed down with Adamís All Purpose Cleaner and washed down
- Wheel wells were cleaned up
- Washed with Adam's Car Wash
- Decon with Wolf's Decon Gel
- Wash down and rinsed
- Door jambs were cleaned up
- Nano Scrub AutoScrub
- Dried
- Tires dressed
- Masking
- Paint Measurement
- Compound - Menzerna FG400
- Final Polish - Sonax Nano Polish
- Last step - Auto Finesse Desire
- Inspection with Fenix, Brinkmann, and natural sunlight
- Wheel wells were cleaned and dressed
- Rubber and Plastics Treated
- Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
- Exhaust tips cleaned
- Windows were auto scrubed, cleaned, and sealed

Products used

Links to products used -

Adam's Car Wash
Wolf's Decon Gel - Iron Remover
Stoner's Tarminator
Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
NanoSkin AutoScrub System
Menzerna FG400
Sonax Nano Polish 3/6
Auto Finesse Desire Premium Carnauba Wax
Adam's Super VRT
Auto Finesse Crystal Glass Cleaner
Auto Finesse Mercury Metal Polish

Tools used
Uber Wool Wash Mitt
Uber No Name MF Towels
Griot's 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes LHR75
Rupes BigFoot LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes BigFoot LHR 15ES Random Orbital Polisher
Uber Buffing Pads
Defelsko Paint Meter
Fenix TK35
Kranzle Pressure Washer
Uber Foam Canon
2 Grit Guard Buckets with Caddies
Adam's Firehose Nozzle
Metro Air Force Blaster

Before - take a look at the severe paint damage and imperfections.

Our go to wheel cleaner - Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner - and some brushes used to clean the wheels. Tires were scrubbed with some APC and a Tire Brush

Exhaust tips were cleaned up

We always find more dirt and grime on tires even after hitting them with a brush and apc.... what we do is hit them up with Stoner's Tarminator and a MF Towel, take a look at what we were able to pull off.

Take a look at the transformation in our 50/50 shots. - We got our results using the Rupes Bigfoot LHR21, Rupes Bigfoot LHR15, Rupes Bigfoot LHR75, Menzerna FG400 and Sonax Nano Polish, our last step wash Auto Finesse Desire.

No specific order - random shots of the process.


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      04-26-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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Where are you located? im in desprite need of this
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      04-26-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
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Quality work! You never fail to impress.
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      04-26-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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      04-26-2013, 12:02 PM   #5
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Awesome work! I wonder how many people asked him if he got his car repainted
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      04-26-2013, 12:30 PM   #6

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Wow! Nice job.

Fastidious doesn't even begin to describe the level of detail you employ.

I bet his is one very happy and appreciative owner.

Keep up the good work.
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      04-26-2013, 02:25 PM   #7
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Yet another terrific job.

Whatever you guys charged the owner, you earned every cent... And then some.
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      04-26-2013, 03:11 PM   #8

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Wow lets hope it stays that way now
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      04-26-2013, 04:13 PM   #9

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Another awesome job Phil. You really do some magic to these basket case damaged paint/cars.

Originally Posted by bignicky1 View Post
Where are you located? im in desprite need of this
He is located in Northern, NJ. Almost on the NY border line.
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      04-26-2013, 05:02 PM   #10

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How does that happen????? great job though.
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      04-26-2013, 07:03 PM   #11

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Originally Posted by Rukuss View Post
How does that happen????? great job though.

Weekly automatic car wash with dirty/nylon spinning brushes?
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      04-26-2013, 10:41 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Rukuss View Post
How does that happen????? great job though.
Dealer car wash?
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