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Author Polished Bliss®: Alpina B12 Ekat
BluKoo
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25th Aug 10 at 12:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

This big beast of a car was in for an All Surface Protection detail (ASPD) a while back and having spent around 18 months sat under a tree and barely driven by the previous owner boy did it need one!

Usually the ASPD takes between 6-8 hours on most cars, however it took a day and a half with both myself and John working flat out - the wash stage alone took 3/4's of day 1!

For some reason I never took a pic of the whole car before I started but here's some other bits of the car starting with the wheels, not too bad actually:



Badly weathered trim:
































The leather was in serious need of a clean and feed too as it was really dry...




So up first was the wheels as usual, Gloss-It wheel gel was applied and agitated with various brushes...



...then rinsed and Autosmart Tardis was applied...



...before another rinse and then Aquartz Iron Cut was applied and agitated with a brush:









After they were rinsed off the tyres and arches were cleaned with Meguiars Super Degreaser:



Nice clean tyre walls now:




The engine bay was also cleaned with Super degreaser:



Then rinsed off with medium pressure @60 degrees - check out all the dirt coming out!








I then gave the car a quick rinse off to get rid of the excess dirt






Then onto all the door shuts etc, again using Meguiars Super Degreaser, Raceglaze brushes and the pressure washer:








The exterior trim was then cleaned with APC, some areas needing 2 or 3 attempts to fully remove all the grime:














Once that was done the car was washed with the 2 bucket method, lambswool mitt and Meguiars Shampoo Plus.

Autosmart Tardis followed to remove any tar spots:



Then Iron Cut, which was especially effective on the rear end:




The car was then given a final rinse before being clayed with Meguiars Mild Clay and then dried with PB Luxury Drying Towels and the Black Baron drier.


I then taped the trim up ready to polish and protect the paint with Werkstat Prime Strong with the DA and a Lake Country Polishing Pad:




While I freshened up the exterior, John was working away on the interior - including cleaning and then feeding the leather (3 times!) with Raceglaze Leather Balm which eventually restored the leather back to its former glory.

He also polished all the shuts with Werkstat Prime Strong:




In between adding coats of Werkstat Acrylic Jett I machined the black trim round the doors with a Gloss-It polishing spot pad and Menzerna 203S:

Before:



After:




The paint was then wiped down with Werkstat Acrylic Glos, glass polished and protected with Prime Strong, tyres dressed with Gloss-It Signature Tyre Gloss and Wheels sealed with Blackfire Metal Sealant. The tailpipes were cleaned up with Blackfire Heavy Cut Compound and wire wool and then Raceglaze Alutec and a foam pad.

The painted parts of the engine bay were polished and protected with Prime Strong and everything else with 303 Aerospace Protectant:












And here are the rest of the pics :thumb:






















BarnshaW
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good job on that and what a beautiful car and a fanstastic engine to look at.
3CorsaMeal
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wow, nice job

this is about the state my car is in at the moment and has inspired me to get my arse into gear

any tips with the tardis and wheels? i still have spots i can't shift with ease on my wheels

also i want to spray the engine like that? what precautions do you take? like wiring etc?
BluKoo
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I'm not a detailer, so I can't really give great advice. However the Polished Bliss site offers a huge amount of advice on most scenarios.

http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/seek-advice.html
Daveskater
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25th Aug 10 at 12:56   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Now that's a transformation


Numberwang!

Originally posted by AlunJ
I like you Dave, you are a man of men

Originally Whatapp'd by Neo
Dave's maybe capable of a drive-by cuddle

Look at my pictures
jr
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25th Aug 10 at 12:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

someone will say they could have done the same with a bucket and same fairly liquid

great job on a fantastic car
Daveskater
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quote:
Originally posted by jr
they could have done the same with a bucket and same fairly liquid
I never expected this from you mate.


Numberwang!

Originally posted by AlunJ
I like you Dave, you are a man of men

Originally Whatapp'd by Neo
Dave's maybe capable of a drive-by cuddle

Look at my pictures
BluKoo
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Anyone got any idea what EKAT means?
BarnshaW
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according to google:

EKAT = Electrically heated catalytic convertor
jr
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quote:
Originally posted by BluKoo
Anyone got any idea what EKAT means?


pre heated cat iirc
jr
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ffs barnshaw
ed
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Tom
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I love that (and the work)
Jambo
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WOW.

Thats properly amazing.


I cant beleive how much of a difference that made.



Awesome write up


3CorsaMeal
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these are my favourite kind of details/car wash threads.

don't really enjoy the ones when its a £100,000+ supercar with less than 10,000miles on it and a few dead flies on the front.
Joe
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quote:
Originally posted by 3CorsaMeal
wow, nice job

this is about the state my car is in at the moment and has inspired me to get my arse into gear

any tips with the tardis and wheels? i still have spots i can't shift with ease on my wheels

also i want to spray the engine like that? what precautions do you take? like wiring etc?


Wot car u got m8?
baza31
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how much does this usually cost? I wouldnt mind a few cars doing. Local immigrants charge £20 for a valet round here but i hate giving them money.
BluKoo
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quote:
Originally posted by baza31
how much does this usually cost? I wouldnt mind a few cars doing. Local immigrants charge £20 for a valet round here but i hate giving them money.


http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/detailing-services-service-options.html
3CorsaMeal
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quote:
Originally posted by Joe
quote:
Originally posted by 3CorsaMeal
wow, nice job

this is about the state my car is in at the moment and has inspired me to get my arse into gear

any tips with the tardis and wheels? i still have spots i can't shift with ease on my wheels

also i want to spray the engine like that? what precautions do you take? like wiring etc?


Wot car u got m8?


lancaster bomber
Rich H
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Love Alpina's
3CorsaMeal
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what does it mean? i see it on a lot of BMWs around here
BluKoo
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As above...

quote:
Originally posted by BarnshaW
according to google:

EKAT = Electrically heated catalytic convertor


[Edited on 25-08-2010 by BluKoo]
3CorsaMeal
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i mean alpina badge, what do you get for it?
BluKoo
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A few tweaks performance wise and cosmetically.
Also little more exclusivity.

http://www.bmwalpina.co.uk/ww/aboutus-uk/about-alpina.html

[Edited on 25-08-2010 by BluKoo]
Ben G
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quote:
Originally posted by 3CorsaMeal
these are my favourite kind of details/car wash threads.

don't really enjoy the ones when its a £100,000+ supercar with less than 10,000miles on it and a few dead flies on the front.


that is a seriously cool car and what a transformation! amazing.

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