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Old 04-26-2013, 10:11 AM   #1

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Posts: 760 - 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 Adam’s 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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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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That's fantastic work!!!

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:19 AM   #3

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Man, it looks like a Brillo Pad was used to clean it before you worked your magick.

Nice Work! ...but you make us lesser mortals feel inadequate.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #4

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Wow, that thing was an absolute mess at first!

Amazing job on the correction!

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Old 04-26-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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Really good job Phil
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #6

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That was insane. I've never seen paint like that, that's just criminal.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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Some one murdered that car brutally

You just gave him a brand new car
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:34 PM   #8

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Can't believe the client would take delivery of his car in that condition used or not that thing was f'd up. Nice work!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:46 PM   #9
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Did the previous owner(s) go out of his/her way to torture that poor thing?

I'd never bother spending the time and effort restoring a car like that, unless the owner is someone who takes the time to detail it regularly.

End of the day the business has got to run..for what its worth, I seriously hoped you charged him / her well for this..

Just hope the owner doesn't put it through the same round of abuse again (lesson learned?)
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:57 PM   #10

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What a difference, looks like two different cars, nice!
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:24 AM   #11
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This is NOT a detail, its a transformation! You guys are awesome. I love seeing these posts!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:36 PM   #12

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Phil you guys are miracle workers . . . . wow . . . . just, WOW!
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #13
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That's AMAZING! One of the worst I've seen.. Nuts!
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:44 AM   #14
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Jesus it looks like it was cleaned with S.O.S. pads with the previous owner. Seeing the before shot of this makes me feel not so bad about my swirl situation. If this can be saved then mine sure as hell can be.

Amazing work!!
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