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Old 24-05-2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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##Nitroused BMW Z3 Stealth paint correction##

Polished Perfection vs BMW Z3 stealth

First of all, apologies for the lack of 50/50 and work in progress pics as we were seriously pushed for time on this job and had to concentrate on sorting some horrendous defects.

Russ contacted me after he had seen some work we had done on a local modders forum. He has owned this BMW Z3 for almost 3 years, and over this time had spent around 5K on subtle modifications and looks. He recently bought a nice Skyline GTR and had decided to put the beemer up for sale as he felt he had taken the car as far as he could.

Some of the mods hes done-

EBC Rear Discs / Pads
Brembo Front grooved Discs / Greenstuff Pads
FK High Sport Coilover Kit.
Air intake system.
Chipped By Chipped UK
Zex Nitrous Oxide Wet Kit 55-75BHP
17" Shnitzer, Sprayed Gloss Black with Carbon centre Badges.
BMW carbon fibre badges.
Replaced Chrome front Kidney Grills with Gloss Black.
Replaced Chrome side vents with Gloss Black.
Z3 Eyebrows, BMHEAVEN
Hamann Z3 Front spoiler Lip, BMHEAVEN.
Front Bumper Insert removed and replaced with Mesh.
G-Power Z3M Rear Lip, Custom 1 off to fit 1.9, BMHEAVEN.


Here she is

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Russ felt that prospective buyers were being put off by the dull, milky and heavily scratched paintwork (the local cats have left deep scratches all over) plus the fact that one day he was spraying his fence with creosote and a gust of wind blew it all over his leather and car interior. He couldnt remove it so asked us to have a go.

In an attempt to hide the defects Russ had applied a few coats of Colour magic Black paint sealant. You can see it beading the water like mad in the above picture.

Paint readings were taken at the PDI, which revealed 85um on the wing curvatures up to 120um on the boot lid.

The drivers door had seen a bad respray in the past, which gave not only plenty of orange peel but a 'wavey' effect to the paint. Also some heavy marring was evident.

Bright and early sunday morning the car was dropped off at the shop looking like this. Russ had taken it out on a 130mph run the previous day

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Interior was grubby too.

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So onto the wash.

Treated the bug spattered front end to a 5 min soak in AG Active Insect Remover.

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Rinse
APC 4.1 via foaming head, whole car
Rinse
Wash with a combo of CG Strong Wash and Maxi Suds 11
ShMitt main body
Lambswool mitt on lowers
MF mitt on the wheels

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Those wheels look PANTS with all that dirt on them

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Engine bay and under bonnett was APC'd and rinsed too.

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The car was then rinsed off and dried with two Sonus Der Wunder towels.

Notice the Colour Magic still beading like crazy.

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Next step was to roll her into the shop and while Ali taped up and removed the lower front window trim i Clayed with Megs Quick clay then applied Megs paint cleaner to remove the Colour magic and see all the defects.

A few random defect pics in no particular order.

They look light in these pics.

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Lets take a closer look.

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Passenger door.

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Bonnet

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Drivers door (where the bad respray was carried out.
Ignore the huge scratch at the top of the pic, this was caused by Russ's dad trying to get out the car in the garage the previous day. Nothing could be done with that as it was down to the metal, although after 2 hrs machining just the door i managed to round off the sharpness and lessen its effect.

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Poor pic but this was the result after 6 hit with the pc using IP 3.02

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I carried on around the verticals as Ali fired up the rotary on the bonnet.

Im hoping Ali took some pics of the bonnet as i didnt

A couple more afters

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At this point AndyG popped in to say hello as his mrs was in town shopping.
We quickly roped him into helping us for half an hour (Many thanks Andy you were a massive help)

Andy polished up the exhaust pipes with NXT metal polish and 00guage wire wool.

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APC'd pretty much the whole interior including hoovering and mats.
Cleaned the leather with a soft brush and Gliptone leather cleaner.
Treated the leather to Gliptone leather feeder (smells like a dead cow!!)
Plastics to AG Rubber and Vinyl care


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Ali Cleaned the Fabric hood with mild solution of APC and a soft brush.
Treated the hood to Chemical guys Fabriguard.
Rubbers were manky so Ali cleaned them as i follwed with Einzsett Gummi Pfledge

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Sealed the wheels with CG Wheel Guard.
Tyres Megs Endurance gel
Sorry no pics, Ali may have taken some

I wiped down with Last touch and applied by hand
CG Ez Creme Glaze
CG factory Sealant
Collinite 476s for durability.

Earlier we removed the lower window trim you see here.

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This was cleaned with APC and treated to plenty of AG Bumper Care, then fitted back to the car.

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Some more after pics.

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In this pic you can just make out some of the deeper scratches we couldnt remove as there was so little lacquer in this area, and i felt it better to be safe than sorry.

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Russ's mate come to collect her

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Some outdoor pics

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In summary, Myself and Ali had a very tough job and it was clear at the beginning we would'nt be able to completely remove all defects. We achieved around 80-90% correction over the car, which given the state of it was better than we hoped for.

Russ has emailed me to thank us for the 'Amazing job' we did on his paintwork.

Thanks for looking!!

Matt and Ali

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Old 24-05-2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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Good job boys. Looks fantastic.

Nice looking Z3 that
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Old 24-05-2007, 04:49 PM   #3
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great job, not a lover of Z3's but that looks fab!
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Old 24-05-2007, 04:58 PM   #4
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great job looks a nice ride
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Old 24-05-2007, 05:52 PM   #5
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Nice work, some serious defects on that!
Not normally a fan of the Z3 but that one looks pretty hard!
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Old 24-05-2007, 05:55 PM   #6
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Fantastic result given time pressure and dealing with thin paint, and a very enjoyable write up.
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Old 24-05-2007, 06:14 PM   #7
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Excellent mate, top job
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Old 24-05-2007, 06:27 PM   #8
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Nice one Matt, a bit of a toughy that one.

you certainly made a huge impact on the defects, work to be proud of fella .

superb levels of gloss and reflections are great in the afters

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Old 24-05-2007, 06:40 PM   #9
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Old 24-05-2007, 06:41 PM   #10
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yep i hate z3 but that is lovely. cracking job lads
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