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Old 11-14-2010, 09:37 PM   #1
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Client had recently purchased this M5 down in the US and had a high end shop detail it before driving back to Canada. Once home, he had another shop wash it and induce some swirling. The original plan was for a single stage polish but after seeing the car, the swirling was minimal and we are heading into the winter so it was decided we would add a coat of Raceglaze Black Label and call it a day until the spring. We are heading into 6 months of cold, wet, snowy weather so polishing the car at this time of year would have been a waste of the clients money.

Engine, jambs and trim were cleaned with test APC and RG Brushes
Washed with CG CWC as we didn't want to strip the sealant already applied, but add to it.
Wheels were, well, a mess. Tried our APC, Sonax, a mild acid and Aqurtz Iron Cut as well.
LSP was Raceglaze Black Label Wax
Tires were dressed with CG Silk Shine
Leather was dressed with Raceglaze Leather Balm
Exhaust tips were cleaned with P21S Polishing soap, polished with 0000 steel wool and AG Metal Polish and sealed with Blackfire All Metal Sealant
Glass polished with AG Glass Polish via PC/White pad at speed 3
Wheels sealed with Blackfire All Metal Sealant

Total time - approx 8 hours

The M5 upon arrival


The wheels were quite dirty with a lot of brake dust and shipping wax? left from previous details.




Some of the polish / sealant residue we found. Note the nasty key hole.


More residue under the door handle...


and along this door edge


There was so much brake dust left from the previous detailing, we sprayed Iron Cut on the wheel for fun! WEEEEEEEEE!!






Someone had used something VERY caustic on the wheels previous to me getting it.


More damage.


Nasty tips. These would require a wee bit of work to bring back but even then, they will require some work with a Dremel on its next visit.


These wheels have already been cleaned with APC, then a mild acid and this is how much brake dust was still embedded in the wheels. Just sick.


Seats were given some loving with Raceglaze Leather Balm


Look! Even more residue.


Black Label drying.


Leaves the paint looking very wet. Nice.


Applying the Black Label with a thin foam applicator. The thin pads seem to make it easier to get a nice thin layer of wax on. The RG is a softer wax so I'm going to put it in the fridge before I use it next to se if it'll harden up a bit.




I noticed some spotting on the hood that we will try to remove when we polish it in the spring.


The tips looking a little better.


Buildup of dirt around around the M5 logo missed by last two shops. Q tips and a wee bit of prewax cleaner tidied it up.


And finally, some afters.




















Doesn't seem to affect the flake at all. Flake pop was alive and well.














Wheels looking a lot better. Sealed with Blackfire All Metal Sealant.


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How many cars can you do with one tub of Black Label?
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How many cars can you do with one tub of Black Label?
Between 30-40 if you get it on thin.
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great job! car looks sooo cleaan

on a side note: for a 100K+ car there is still orange peel eh? would a wet sand get rid of it?
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great job! car looks sooo cleaan

on a side note: for a 100K+ car there is still orange peel eh? would a wet sand get rid of it?
It could but would all depend on thickness of paint and clients wallet.
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