Beau Technique vs BMW Z4 M coupe 2 day rectification.

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Beau Technique vs BMW Z4 M coupe 2 day rectification.

Post by scottbt » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:03 pm

Howdy all. Been a while since my last thread. Been beyond busy at Beau Technique. This little rarity of a BMW Z4 M coupe came by coincidence as it had already been detailed. The owner called me to take a peek as he was adamant that it could be better. I agreed to take a trip over and check it out and was quite surprised at how poorly finished it was. Swirls, cutting marring and blooming in many a place randomly which is definitely down to poor technique and lack of quality finishing. We chatted a little about what was neccesary to get the finish up to a level that was tangeably noticeable. Options for a one day enhancement and 2 days of heavy work were offered and after much concideration, the 2 day option was of choice. Paintwork was measured upon first inspection and had readings between 127 - 158 microns. A little scatty but understandable due to work previously carried out which signified some heavy cutting in certain areas. Never the less, readings were still healthy and none signified what would of been re-painted panels. The date was set and Saturday seen first of 2 days hard graft on what can only be described as paintwork as hard as Rambo, Conan the barbarian and granite combined! No prep shots as the car had brand new genuine CSL wheels fitted which had already seen several layers of Planet polish wheel seal and shine and previous detail had seen the car well clayed and no contamnation. Foamed with Meguiars all purpose cleaner and washed with IronX soap gel then dried with Uber towel and warm air dryed.

Heres some fun beforehand...

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Clearly seeing tape markings still evident which covered panel gaps...

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Time for some serious bloom action...

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Plenty of fun then eh?

Some serious hard work ahead and much needed tests proved Scholl concepts wool with Scholl concepts S17+ was in order. More hits than could be counted tbh. Set of 3M yellow polishing pad and Scholl S17+ and the odd variable tweek on 3M blue finishing pad with Nanotech super gloss finishing polish to sharpen things up and punch out that desireable claret metal flake from this beautifull rare BMW ruby black.

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Now were popping!

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More defective work needing levelling out...

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Much better and far crisper...

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Cloudy hologram on tailgate...

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Refined and sharp...

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Drivers door looking sorry for itself...

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And after various pads and Scholl S17+...

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Wing featuring nice blooming...

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As it should be...

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Day 1 ended there and boy was I feeling it. Just under 10 hours or hardcore cutting, polishing and refining is a killer. Day 2 seen the bonnet which was was tough as anything and took a barrage of hits via Scholl wool, Scholl orange sandwich pad, 3M yellow polishing pad all with Scholl S17+ and 3M blue finishing pad with Nantech supergloss. Car was then wheeled outside and refoamed...

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The sun broke through the clouds and gave a nice chance for a direct sun shot...

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Soft brush used to ease dust from all the intricate areas and then rinsed, dried and warm air dried again. Plenty of intricate tweeks via cotton buds and toothpicks followed by Chemical guys EZ creme glaze applied. Galss polished with Autosmart glass glow. Tyres / arches dressed with Valetpro traditional tyre dressing. Trim dressed with Autosmart trim wizzard and spray dressing to all grilles. Swissvax onynx as LSP as client asked about Swissvax so thought why not kill that curiosity?

After near 16 hours of polishing and trying to get the best from the car, for your viewing pleasure. One fine looking BMW Z4 M coupe looking sharper. Crisper and more importantly, how the client wanted the car in the first place...

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Proof what can be achieved with the correct attention to detailing:wink:
And yet another dramatic journey has come to and end. Happy motoring.

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Post by WhiteDetails » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:14 pm

What a car. A stunning colour that once under forced lighting.

"blooming", is this a new one? I can appreciate it's meaning jsut first time I've heard it - quite like it!

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Post by Dan J » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:15 pm

that was truly shocking mate for a car thats already been corrected :(

great turn around Scott and i bet the customer was extremely pleased with that result :wink:

very nice work mate :D

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Post by Rob986 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:17 pm

Lovely work Scott. Nice colour :cool:
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Post by scottbt » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:28 pm

WhiteDetails wrote:What a car. A stunning colour that once under forced lighting.

"blooming", is this a new one? I can appreciate it's meaning jsut first time I've heard it - quite like it!

Great work.
Blooming is a term used in paintshops to describe clouded areas that are poorly finished or thin spots that are imparing the finish.
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Post by scottbt » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:30 pm

The paint was still far from totally flawless and quite a few RDS remained but as for what it was to what it is, its razor sharp and considerably swirl free.
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Post by mulder » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:37 pm

Nice work Scott, Z4's looking :cool: now :D
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Post by ReflectRuss » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:28 pm

Bloomin eck, thin cloudy spots..... :lol:

Bloom:....A chill or dull area formed on the surface of gloss paint, lacquer, or varnish....

Blooming is not only visible on paint but food as well, the white clouds on chocolate is formed by cocoa and on fruit its where a small crystals of wax have formed on the surface.....

tick,tick bloom.....
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Post by scottbt » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:25 pm

Cheers guys.
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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by butler2.8i » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:51 pm

stunning finish scott

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Post by scottbt » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:13 am

butler2.8i wrote:stunning finish scott
Thanks mate. Means a lot.
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Post by AllThatGleams » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:53 pm

'Beau'tiful work Scott! such a nice colour when it's polished to perfection. Very nice work sir.
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Post by shinemyride » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:42 pm

Hi Scott

Beautiful finish on the Z4 there. I am very concerned that it had allegedly already been corrected.

There was me thinking that it was dopey dealers and backward bodyshops that were creating most of your work of late!

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Post by scottbt » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:17 am

Cheers Tom.

@Chris - They come from everywhere be it bodyshops poor finishing, dealers and folks just wanting a better service. This one sadly, came to me after the owner shelled out quite a few ££s and was left with an appalling end result. No name and shame but the guy will know who he is being on here :roll:
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