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Making Imola Red again - BMW 330Ci topped in Auto Finesse Desire!



  Megane R26
Imola Red is a firm favourite colour of mine, so I've been looking forward to this 330Ci for quite some time since it was booked in a month or so ago. It is very low mileage for its age but the car was severely lacking gloss and the paint defects could be seen in just natural daylight, so I knew I had my work cut out for me on this one…


A few befores:


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DSC07039 by RussZS, on Flickr


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Wheels, tyres and arches were addressed first:


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DSC07050 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07051 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07054 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07055 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07056 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07057 by RussZS, on Flickr


IronX was used to remove brake dust pitting:


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DSC07059 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07060 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07061 by RussZS, on Flickr


Next the more intricate parts were cleansed with Surfex:


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DSC07073 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07075 by RussZS, on Flickr


Next the car was foamed with Surfex:


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DSC07077 by RussZS, on Flickr


Then hand washed with Lather:


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DSC07078 by RussZS, on Flickr


After rinsing IronX was used to remove any fallout present:


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DSC07080 by RussZS, on Flickr


Tardis was used on the tar:


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DSC07083 by RussZS, on Flickr


Then clayed with OID and AF Clay:


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DSC07084 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07085 by RussZS, on Flickr


Next the paint was assessed for thickness and various polishing combinations were tested. I settled on M101 for cutting followed by M205 for finishing:


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DSC07181 by RussZS, on Flickr


Here's what I was up against!


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Some correction shots:


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DSC07086 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07090 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07102 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07107 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07119 by RussZS, on Flickr


Some deeper defects remain but this is a light correction detail, not our full correction service:


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DSC07143 by RussZS, on Flickr


Piano Black Trim restored with DA and MF system:


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DSC07144 by RussZS, on Flickr


Looking much better…


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DSC07155 by RussZS, on Flickr


Desire was the wax of choice on this one:


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DSC07182 by RussZS, on Flickr


Crystal on the glass:


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DSC07183 by RussZS, on Flickr


Revive on plastics:


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DSC07189 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07185 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07186 by RussZS, on Flickr


New Auto Finesse Tyre dressing used on the tyres…


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DSC07190 by RussZS, on Flickr


Spritz on interior plastics and Z9 on the leather:


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DSC07229 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07230 by RussZS, on Flickr


AF Cool Water Air Freshener to finish to make it smell as good as it looks!


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DSC07245 by RussZS, on Flickr


and finally some afters…


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Thanks for reading! :)


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Russ.
 

Toby

ClioSport Club Member
  Edition 30
Revive looks like great stuff.

lovely finish to the whole job Russ.
 

Paul172sport

ClioSport Club Member
  Sunflower Ph1
really impressive, especially given the before pics.

just wish i was closer, love you to work your magic on my sunflower
 
  BMW E46 330i Touring
Very nice, do you think the black trim can be restored by hand or is it a DA job? Got the same issue on mine...
 
Nice to see a combination of what I'd term "normal" products in the mix on this one Russ! Nothing to fancy product-wise but great results as always :)
 


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