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    2001 BMW 540i

    The owner of this 2001 BMW 540i was not satisfied with the current condition of his paint and was going to have his car repainted because there were too many scratches and imperfections. I told him that I could make his car look a lot better than he could ever image for a fraction of the price of a new paint job. He let me go for it and here’s how it went.

    Process:

    Wash with Hyper Wash and an ounce of ONR

    Wheels with Wheel Brightener and various brushes

    Tires and wheel wells with APC+ and foaming sprayer

    Wheels dressed with Hot Shine Tire Gel

    Wheel wells dressed with HD 4:1

    Plastics dressed with Gold Class Trim Detailer

    Windows, wheels, and plastics taped off with Meguiar’s Masking Tape and covered with newspaper. My reason for this was that I knew how dirty the W5000 pad makes the rest of the car with all of the shedding wool (and not to mention that it was inevitable that I spray compound at some point or another while doing the entire car with a rotary)

    Windows cleaned with D Line Window Cleaner

    Clay with Mild Blue Clay and Last Touch as Lubricant

    M105 on W5000 wool pad via rotary – I tried using the Solo maroon pad, but it wasn’t quite achieving the level of correction I wanted because there were some pretty deep RIDS

    Bumpers with M105 on 4” Maroon Cutting Pad via rotary

    M205 on polishing pad via DA and 4” polishing pad for bumpers

    M20 on finishing pad via DA and 4” finishing pad for bumpers

    M26 on finishing pad via DA and 4” finishing pad for bumpers


    Interior:

    I didn’t get many pictures of the interior as it was not my main focus but here is what I did.

    Vacuumed entire interior

    2 Applications of D Line Leather Cleaner

    Interior Cleaned with Quik Interior Detailer

    Interior Dressed with M40

    Interior Windows cleaned with D Line Window Cleaner

    Door Jambs cleaned with Last Touch


    Touch Up Paint Process:

    Hit the area with M105 on Solo Maroon Pad to remove any paint transfer. Taped off area and applied base coat. Let dry overnight, then applied Clear Coat. All application was done with a toothpick. I tried to sand the area down with the tape still on, but it wasn’t cutting properly so I ended up sanding the whole touch up paint area. 2500 grit sand paper was used. The PTG showed that about .5 mils of paint were removed. It didn’t come out perfect, but it looked a lot better than it did before.

    Before:















    Clean Wheels:




    The sun wasn’t out so I could only capture the swirls using artificial lighting:















    The Clay was Mildly Dirty:


    All Taped off and cover – Ready For Compounding!





    Chip Repairs – (His wife kept opening her door into his in the garage…)
    Before M105 and Solo Pad


    PTG Reading Before



    After M105 and Solo Pad



    Taped Off with base coat paint






    After: ( You can tell very close up, but take a step back from the car and you can’t even see where the chips were)





    PTG After



    Compounding:









    The Weapons:















    Interior Afters:







    And finally The Exterior After Photos!












    Reflection Shots!













    See those specs in the paint. That is a flock of Crows Flying Very High Up above that I was able to capture a picture of in the reflection



    Thanks for looking!

    I once put swirls in my paint just to see what it looked like.

    I don't always detail cars, but when I do, I prefer Meguiar's.
    Remove swirls my friends.

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    God I love black paint when it's cleaned correctly.... great job!
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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Great job! Amazing transformation! That paint is slick!

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Nice save, Andrew.

    Great paint restoration and good job on those paint chip touch-ups.

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Don't! you just love German paint! In all honesty I don't think the Germans have to deal with all the environmental regulations that are in place here in the States when it comes to paints.
    Drive her Fast but Wax her slow

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Very nice Andrew.

    Great work on those wheels too.
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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Thanks guys, this was by far my biggest project ever!

    I once put swirls in my paint just to see what it looked like.

    I don't always detail cars, but when I do, I prefer Meguiar's.
    Remove swirls my friends.

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Sad story... Today I saw the car - driving in the rain

    At least it will look good in the rain

    I once put swirls in my paint just to see what it looked like.

    I don't always detail cars, but when I do, I prefer Meguiar's.
    Remove swirls my friends.

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Nice job on detailing and pics! You forgot to tell him he is only allowed to drive it on sunny days !

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    Re: 2001 BMW 540i

    Beautiful work, Andrew - saved him a ton of $$$ if he was seriously considering a full repaint.
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