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Old 03-03-2014, 09:37 PM
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BMW 328i M Sport - receives a new car prep with Opti Coat installation.

BMW 328i M Sport - receives a new car prep with Opti Coat installation.

This beautiful brand new estoril blue BMW 328i M Sport receives a new car prep with Opti Coat installation.

The car was received relatively clean, however we found hair line scratches in clusters, some light swirls and marring from washes, and the b pillars were the normal lightly scratched and scuffed up piano black we have come accustomed to on cars with these type of trim pieces.

The final results were great and I believe the customer was quite happy with the work performed.

Exterior

- Wheels were prepped with Sonax Wheel Cleaner and cleaned up with various brushes
- Tires were spritzed down with Adam’s All Purpose Cleaner and steamed
- Wheel wells were cleaned up
- Washed with Sonax High Gloss Shampoo
- Door jambs were cleaned up
- Clayed/NanoSkin Autoscrub
- Dried
- Tires dressed
- Masking
- Paint Measurement
- Compound - Menzerna FG400
- Final Polish - Sonax Perfect Finish 4/6
- IPA Final Wipe down prior to Opti Coat
- Last step - Opti Coat Pro
- Inspection with Fenix, Brinkmann, and natural sunlight
- Wheel wells were cleaned and protected
- Rubber and Plastics Treated
- Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
- Exhaust tips cleaned
- Windows were auto scrubed, cleaned, and sealed
- Headlight and Fogs were cleaned up and protected clear film - Xpel Ultimate

Products used:
Optimum No Rinse
Sonax High Gloss Shampoo
Stoner's Tarminator
Auto Finesse Oblitarate
Sonax Multi Star
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
Uber Yellow Poly Clay Bar
NanoSkin Autoscrub Fine Grade Wash Mitt
Menzerna FG400
Sonax Perfect Finish
Opti Coat
Adam's Super VRT
Auto Finesse Crystal Glass Cleaner
Auto Finesse Mercury Metal Polish
Sonax Plastic Trim Restorer

Tools used
Uber Wool Wash Mitt
Uber Quick Detail MF Towels
Uber All Purpose MF Towels
Rupes LHR75E
Rupes BigFoot LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes BigFoot LHR 15ES Random Orbital Polisher
Uber Orange Foam Pad
Uber Green Foam Pad
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 shots - didn't look too bad at drop off.




Here we show all the imperfections on the paint







Prep - Wash - Decon - Clay - Wheel and Tires cleaned and prepped


















Compound with the Rupes LHR21 and LHR75E with a Meg's MF Cutting Pad and Polishing our the paint with Sonax 4/6 with a Rupes LHR21 and LHR75E with an Uber Orange Pad, installing Opti Coat Pro




Before/Afters






Afters








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Thanks for taking a look at this, I hope you enjoyed!
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:03 AM
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So nice. Love me some Opticoat. I used a similar, though not as good product (cQuartz) on my 2011 M3 and it has lasted over 2 years! Wish I'd have done the wheels...<sigh>

How'd you get the wheels so clean (the tar, etc., not the Full Effect wheel cleaner step, but the next one)? You say you 'steamed' them. Literally? With what? I see the pressure washer in one of the pics.
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you can pull the wheels off and get opti coat on there you will definitely see the difference.
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you can pull the wheels off and get opti coat on there you will definitely see the difference.
I can attest to that! After the opticoat the gunmetal between the spokes on my 300's seems to "pop" more in the sun....the coating seems to have increased the appearance of the color depth.
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To X5SND and Phil: Would you mind sharing your tips/technique for applying the opti coat to the wheels? I am getting ready to put my summer wheels (87s) on and would like to opti-coat them before mounting. They are off the X5 right now. Thanks for your help.

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I've only used it once so far (on my wheels) so I'm no expert...but heres my 0.02;

Make sure the wheels are clean; That means thoroughly washed & degreased, all tar removed, clayed, clear coat polished (if you have scuffs or scratches), and finally wiped down wit IPA (OC2 says 15%). The key here is you want ALL POSSIBLE CONTAMINANTS REMOVED....that includes old wax too!! Bare wheel finish is the name of the game here!

Once you get all the wheels cleaned & have had a chance to dry off completely its time to bust out the OC2. I'll admit I was a bit nervous on the first wheel as I wasn't quite sure how the stuff covered or what kind of working time I had for the high spots. I'd highly recommend starting with the barrels of the wheels until you get a feel for the product before moving onto the spokes & faces. You're going to want to work quickly, but be sure to get EVEN coverage over all the wheel....I know that sounds a bit counter intuitive, but you'll see what I mean when you start!

You don't need to drowned the pad and slop the stuff all over the wheel to get good coverage....but be sure to be fair with the application! Also, Being silver, your wheels are probably a bit more forgiving than the machine finished faces of my wheels so I would think that you could get away with being a bit more "reckless" with a heavy application and NOT see it....maybe Phil could weigh in on the color vs forgiveness factor here.

Honestly, if you've ever compounded or seriously detailed a vehicle, this stuff should be a walk in the park. As with any new product, test it out on an inconspicuous area first and read the instructions thoroughly beforehand!

Hope this helps!
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you can pull the wheels off and get opti coat on there you will definitely see the difference.
Just need to figure out how to get the baked on gookus from the previous owner off the back side of he wheels.
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Wheel cleaner and elbow grease, my friend!
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Wheel cleaner and elbow grease, my friend!
Been there, done that. It won't come off.
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Been there, done that. It won't come off.
Hope you're on good terms with Chamillionaire then, cause you stuck ridin dirty boy! Hahah.

You could always pull out the big guns and wet sand them, or the WMD and refinish the wheels if they're in that bad of shape.
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