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Old 13-01-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Alpina B10 3.2 Estoril Blue - Swissvax

Apparently One of only a handful of manual 3.2's. (most are the Alpina Swichtronic Auto's)

In nice general condition, this colour from BMW's individual programme really suiting the e39's bodyshape.

lots of snow still on the ground here, but the ambient temp was a few degrees above zero, so no frozen washing! Normal wash process, After Washing the wheels and arches, all the shuts and engine bay were done, then the badges nook and crannies, grills, filler cap etc were prewashed, then after the body was pre rinsed, the car was snowfoamed and left to dwell for 5-10 mins.

Snowfoaming in the snow!



Vehicle was then rinsed and washed with an SV washpudel and the 2 Bucket method. Then Dried with one of my uber plush drying towels, clayed and inspected.. The paint depths were a little low on the car as a whole, rarely getting over 100 microns generally, showing the car had probably been polished before. So a softly softly approach with Megs 205 was used, preferring to use multiple passes and remeasure rather than use a more harsh combination of polish.

Boot 50/50:



And defect free:



Rear 3/4 before:



and after:





Passenger wing 50/50:



And some bonnet 50/50's:







Treading very carefully around the Aplina Stripes, tjhey were polished by hand with Cleaner Fluid.

Before: look at all the polish residue around the graphics!



And after.. looking sharper now!



Onyx was the wax of choice this time, applied after prepping the paint with cleaner fluid by hand. While it cured, I got on with the windows.. interior.. wheels/ tyres etc. Also using cleaner fluid and Swissvax's dedicated wood trim wax by hand on the Alpina veneer:



Polished off:





The engine bay was also dressed:







Onyx then polished off to leave the final After shots:



























And the final Arty shot:



For me, another enjoyable detail on a rare car - Especially so as I do like my BM's

Any questions or comments welcomed!

James.
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:14 PM   #2
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Lovely car. Great work!!
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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Looks amazing mate, and a manual
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #4
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Stunner...looking yummy..
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:41 PM   #5
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sweet one of the best looking E39's I have seen for a while
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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fantastic work as normal
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:52 PM   #7
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Great job mate!

Looks like it has come up a treat

No matter how much I look at those wood inserts in a BMW I just don't like them. I am glad that I have brushed aluminium in my E39.
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Old 13-01-2010, 08:57 PM   #8
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Great results with the Onyx

I particullary appreciate the interior treat wood.

Good Job
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Old 13-01-2010, 09:04 PM   #9
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Always like the Alpinas has to be an auto though for me defeats the point.
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Old 13-01-2010, 09:18 PM   #10
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very nice indeed
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