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One of my favorite customers picked this Twin Turboed monster up a few weeks back. He drove it back from Arkansas and had me get after it.

 

This was a slightly used vehicle that has seen some dirt roads. Previous owner was a CEO of some organic egg farm for Walmart. The rear rocker panels were trashed and had quite a few rock chips. The plan was to get the paint polished, fix what rock chips I could, send the rear rockers to get painted and then send the vehicle out for paint protection film.

 

Some before shots. I can't ever seem to get swirls to show up on camera with white vehicles. But believe me she was dull when I started.

 

 

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The exhaust tip seemed cheep for a $100k vehicle and really difficult to clean up.

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I don't think these wheels ever got a proper cleaning. New wheels are on the way and will be cleaned, decontaminated and protected before they go on.

 

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Deep Wheel Cleaner and Turbostick. These are some massive brakes, only had a about 3/4" all the way around so the turbostock was perfect.

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Before i knew he was getting knew wheels i cleaned the heck of these. It took 2 applications of DWC to get them in good shape.

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I did a typical 2 bucket strip wash. Doused the front end with Waterless Wash to soften up the bugs. Mixed in some car shampoo, APC, and WCW in my wash bucket and my foamer.

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After getting out of the cold Kansas weather i dried and clayed the vehicle. Not too bad, worst parts were the rear bumper area and lower rocker panels. Did a small test spot on the hood, both PCP and PFP with MF pads were needed. One pass of each. Removed a few deep scratches around the door handle as well.

 

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After getting the paint corrected we moved on to paint chip repair. Keep in mind i worked on this vehicle multiple days. We're going for perfect for this daily driver.

 

Here's where I marked all the paint chips to be repaired. We used the Langka system.

 

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Almost forgot about those exhaust tips. I used APC and steel wool to clean them up and remove all the build up.

 

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After getting the BMW back from the paint protection film installer there were lots of mistakes made and also found a new dent on the rear quarter panel. So back next week to get it redone. The vehicle is still naked with no protection until the film gets applied.

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