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Old 09-06-2021, 07:59 PM   #1
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New car prep

Ordered a BMW G80 M3 due end of July. Never had a new car before.
Looking at first detail. Is the following correct? Would you do anything different or add anything?
Tardis
Rinse
Snow foam
Rinse
2 bucket wash
Rinse
Clay (is this necessary?)
Rinse
Polish with Menzerna final finish
Snow foam
Rinse
GTechniq ceramic coating
Sit back with a beer and relax!

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Old 09-06-2021, 08:05 PM   #2
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Never used Tardis so I am asking the assembled brain trust, does it come before snow foam?

Also, you shouldn’t snow foam between polish and coating. Just use a prep product like Eraser or an IPA dilution. I would definitely clay but do a baggie test to check out. I would also add an iron decon step (Korrosol/Iron X) before claying.
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Old 10-06-2021, 12:24 PM   #3
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Just my thoughts:

Don't forget the seats or any leather in the interior, protect while you can, then have a Beer!
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Old 10-06-2021, 01:17 PM   #4
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Hi Gordon! Awesome choice on the new car. Youve missed the post important bit - what colour is it?!

In terms of your steps, it all looks ok. I would mix things up a bit though. I have reorganised them as I would do them:

Snow foam onto the dry car.
2 Bucket wash.
Dry.
Fallout remover (dont let this dry!)
Rinse and dry
Tardis (Might not be necessary on a brand new car but inspect the lower panels for any tar spots)
Rinse and dry
Clay bar may also not be necessary at this stage. Id always use a chemical decontamination as opposed to a physical one as it may cause some marring. If your paint feels like glass, dont clay!
With a dry car, then start your polishing. If youre polishing by hand then be prepared to end up looking like a body builder and set aside a few weeks!
Once you have polished to a standard you are happy with, as cptzippy said, dont bother washing it again unless its covered in polish dust. Just use an IPA/Panel wipe to remove any residue. This also leaves a perfectly clean and degreased panel to then ceramic with.
Then lay your ceramic coating.

Its a lot of work but it will be worth it!

Also, as teamleader_21 said, dont forget to apply some sort of protection to the leather. Im sure Gtechniq do one but there are plenty of others available.

Last but not least, dont forget to post some pics up when youre done
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Thanks guys.

Gone for the Isle of Man Green with the ultimate pack with Silverstone grey and Black interior.

Was going to use Sonus products on the interior but have heard some good reviews about Gyeon Q2 leather conditioner so will give this ago. Thoughts?

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Ref machine polishing, I wouldn't need anything more than a final finish compound on a new car would I?
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Step 1. Apply Citrus pre wash
step 2. rinse
step 3. snow foam (optional)
step 4. rinse
step 5. 2BM with decon shampoo
step 6. rinse
step 7. spray on tar remover on to wet panels and gently wipe away
step 6. rinse
step 7 dry car
step 8. spray on fall out remover and wait until car bleads to death
step 9. rinse
step 10. feel the cars bodywork to see if it's rough then clay bar if needed
step 11. If car needs polish then machine polish car.
step 11. panel wipe car before applying wax or selent
step 12. ceramic coat front and rear lights
treat glass rubber and plastic trim.

This is how I usually prep my car.
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Ref machine polishing, I wouldn't need anything more than a final finish compound on a new car would I?
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All depends on the PDI of the car, take a good look with a swirl finder torch to see how the condition of the paint is.
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Thanks guys.

Gone for the Isle of Man Green with the ultimate pack with Silverstone grey and Black interior.

Was going to use Sonus products on the interior but have heard some good reviews about Gyeon Q2 leather conditioner so will give this ago. Thoughts?

Gordon
Gyeon products are very good so you can't go wrong, can be expensive when compared to the competition.
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The Leather Restore company are getting some big raps at the minute for their protection range.
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