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Old 10-09-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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Concito Ltd - Really Bad E92 M3

Hello All ,

This one was pretty bad, even compared to some of our previous write ups. We’ll do our best with it.

Task list:
- Change Front Discs and Pads
- Change Rear Pads
- Make best with damaged paint on bonnet and front wings
- Repair damage to quarter panel
- Repaint quarter panel on other side
- Refurbish both rear wheels
- Two new tyres on rear
- Interior detail
- Exterior detail

And the seven day countdown begins (we have a hard deadline to meet). The car as it arrived:











Damaged quarter panel and door:



One damaged rim:



Lacquer discoloured on front wheel:





Not sure what this is at all – answers on a postcard please. The customer reckons it was screenwash from the headlamp washers that dried out in the sun. Could be, but we think it may be TFR from the local car wash.







Interior not too great on a newish car either:





Let’s kick off with the brakes.. here are some progress shots:





So before the car went off to paint, we’ll start on the bonnet. If it can’t be repaired, we’ll need to get it painted. Starting off with paint depth measurements. They look healthy, but high enough for us to be suspicious that it could have been painted at some stage.





The paint looks really bad..





Not too many swirl marks though.





Doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done this, always take baby steps and keep stopping to measure. Need to flatten the paint, and those sponge things will never work. Start off with a 3M block, and using 1500 wet and dry. (I was taught to ALWAYS use a block when flatting).



Once I’d done the bonnet, I used a Abralon 2000 grit foam pad to lose some of the heavier sanding marks, and then 3M Trizact (3000 grit). This is gentle refining to make the bonnet easier to polish out. I have no pics, however the average paint depth was around 180 microns when done.





In front of the bonnet bulge you can see we didn’t go far enough, we’ll deal with this in the next steps.



Time to bring out the big guns, nothing else will do – 3M green compounding pad, 3M fast cut plus and a dot of ultrafine. Spread at 600, start working the polish and whack the Makita up to speed 3. Keep working until all polish is worked through, with no attempt to refine at all.

This can leave buffer trails, but it is the best way to lose the sanding marks. These are easily rectified with 3M yellow top, or Menz 203S anyway,



What do you think?





Just below the bonnet bulge you can just make out some drips in the strip light. So a little more work required in this area.













And the finish after 203S and a yellow 3M pad? Not fully refined at this stage, but close enough for now.





Time to say goodbye for a bit while the car is off to paint. The car has been stripped down in preparation, to ensure the paintshop is concentrated on getting that perfect finish. We’ll finish it down and re-assemble.





After painting the car is returned, paintwork is gun-finish and is quite good. Our painters can flatten and polish paint well, but we’re detailers and have that keen eye and ability to finish the paint down.







They’ve done a good job with this one, credit where its due.



On with work. Time to get the car re-washed, esp the side sills.









Time to get those wheels clean, Wolf’s brake duster doing its job.



The car is dried and pulled in.



Clayed using Zaino





Let’s get an idea of swirls on the non-painted panles..











Little bit of overspray, not a huge problem.



Taped up ready to go.



And the wet-sanding starts. Again, block using 1500 grit, then on with the DA and 2000, and 3M Trizact to finish down.



An idea of the orange peel. Not too bad actually, a nice finish.



Getting there now





Block wet- sanding..



D/A wet-sanding.. (an air D/A is better as you can constantly vary the speed by the trigger, however the Kestrel is fine if you know what you’re doing. The backing pad is a bespoke 3M item specially for this task.



Back to the ‘detailing’ side of things. Lake Country wool pad, Makita and 3M fast cut plus.







50:50:



Meanwhile, the wheels are now back, with brand new Michelin rubber



Exhausts polished up with the bumper off



The duster is great to see what’s going on



But there is no getting away from the dust, doesn’t matter which products you use.



So this one’s going to need a proper wash before we get onto the refining and LSP stage. Time to re-assemble everything.



This is the kind of finish that we’ve left. A few marks, and the refining stage will take care of that.







A quick once over the wheels to make sure



Then sponge the fronts



Getting all the dust out of the edges



If the snow foam doesn’t get this, the lambs wool will.





Leave to dwell, 3-4 mins is plenty in this case



A good solid rinse required



So the car is washed, dried and pulled in. Some minor items that needed doing – the wiper covers painted satin black..



Better than factory?



This is where the money is – take your time refining the paint down. Menz 203S and a Yellow 3M polishing pad used here. 203S has the ability to cut and finish down really well.



Starting to look the way it should now..









The finish? Looks ok to me.



More pre-LSP pics





Let’s glue this back on..



Seats cleaned and treated using Raceglaze Cleaner, then Raceglaze Balm.







Pre-LSP pics..





LSP? Wolf’s Bodywrap used. Two IPA wipe downs beforehand ensure the paint is perfectly clean.

Post-LSP pics..









Best pic maybe? New tyre, refurb-ed wheel, unmarked paint..





Making sure the paint is properly wiped down





















Looks ok to me.









Thanks for looking guys . Sorry for posting loads of pics, I wanted to tell the story in full.

Questions and queries welcome..
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A huge turnaround, a lot of work needed doing on it but it certainly looked well worth it!
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great work done there

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Superb detail and skill, especially on that horrible bonnet!

Great attention to detail and stunning difference after all your hard work!

Alan W

P.S. What is the make and model of the jack in this photo?

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Excellent work there.
Love the whole photostory
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Superb detail and skill, especially on that horrible bonnet!

Great attention to detail and stunning difference after all your hard work!

Alan W

P.S. What is the make and model of the jack in this photo?

Thank you.. It's a snap on blue point. Worth £240 I believe.
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Some people deserve a slap for letting a quality car get in that state,excellent job you did.
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Stunning work, That bonnet was shocking!!
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Nice work
Looks so much better now
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