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Old 19-09-2014, 08:14 AM   #1
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12 hours in one day to turn this one around

Hello Everyone

Did this one in January and the brief was to do as much as possible in one day to rectify some automatic car wash damage and generally freshen it up.

Some before pictures, not too bad but plenty of scope for improvement







The gloss black door trims would need a lot of work



Wash stage went as follows:
1. Pre foam with Meg's APC
2. Clean all door shuts, rubbers, plastics and nooks and crannies with APC 4:1
3. Clean tyres and arches with 1Z W99 5:1 and wheels with 1Z Colourtec
4. Engine cleaned with 1Z W99 5:1
5. 2BM wash with DJ BTBM
6. CarPro TRIX applied and agitated with microfiber cloth after 4 mins
7: Rinse then clayed with CG Grey clay and DJ Born Slippy

This was after 1 door (even with TRIX before!)



Now the correction work could commence. After a couple of test spots I decided on Bigfoot LHR15 with Rupes Zephyr with the matching Blue pad which gave these results after 1 hit:

Before:







50/50:





Even under ambient lighting the difference was clear



Some Afters:




The gloss black trim was dealt with via the same combo

Before:


After:




At this point I dressed the engine with 303, I only got 1 after photo which was before buffing it off


The paintwork was then refined with Rupes Diamond Gloss on the accompanying white pad

Now the interior was dealt with, here are some befores




Leather was cleaned with chemical guys leather cleaner, plastics and carpets with APC 10:1
The wood trim was waxed with Swissvax Wood Polish, plastics dressed with 303 and the leather conditioned with Optimum Protectant Plus leaving the following results




Lastly the LSP was addressed, first SV Cleaner Fluid regular by hand then a coat of SV Endurance. Windows treated to Gtechniq G1, plastics to CarPro PERL 1:1, tyres with PERL neat, arches with CG Bare Bones and exhaust tips with Autosol and a microfiber cloth. After a final wipedown with Wolf's QD these were the results:








These pics were taken after a maintenance wash 2 months later








Took 12 hours of solid work (with a 20 minute lunch break) but the results speak for themselves, it'd be hard to pick that the car was 6 years old.

Any comments/criticism are more than welcome
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Very nice work
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Great work, never seen a e60 with that boot spoiler though, urgh. Wounder if it factory issue.
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omg the state on that clay bar!!
great job tho, i love the 5 series, nearly bought one a few years ago.
although the rear ///m badge shouldn't be there, would look classier without
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As far as I know the rear m badge and boot spoiler were dealer fitted accessories selected by the original owner, I agree the badge should go but the spoiler did grow on me, I reckon it helps it stand out a bit.
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Superb work there fella, have a Castlemain 4X on me or a Fostas. By the way one of your wheels is missing a valve cap
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Great work, never seen a e60 with that boot spoiler though, urgh. Wounder if it factory issue.
It's an M-Sport option, I have one on mine....
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Nice turnaround.
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Like it! That is a lot of work!!
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