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Here's a detail I did a few weeks ago. I'd just bought this previously owned 120d Sport (pre M-Sport), it had just over 13,000 miles on it which mostly consisted of short journeys to the supermarket (yep I bought my Mums old car;-)).

Anyway, I needed a tweak to the frugality/performance mix and got in touch with Simon at eMaps who came over to work his magic on the car. There are a few other thing I want to change whilst I have the car (the Boge dampers for instance) but Im in no rush as I want to keep the car until the mileage reaches six figures!:driver:

With all this attention it seemed a shame I hadn't got round to correcting a few scratches on the bonnet and removing the rear badges and generally prep it for a winter use with my favourite durable wax, black diamond.

The car wasn't too dirty to begin with so no pre-clay shots.

Products
Kranzle K1150t
PC4242
Megs Wash Mitt
Various Microfibre towels
Lakeland Pads
Vikar Wheel Brushes
3M Blue tape
Sonus Green Clay
Megs Last Touch Detailer
Megs Wheel Brightener
Megs Super Degreaser
Mothers Metal Polish (for exhaust)
AG Fast Glass
pH Neutral Snow Foam
Menz RD85 3.02
Black Diamond (Raccon) Wax

I'd expected the 1er to be as "easy" as my 5er in terms of correction using Menz. This was not the case, Sparkling Graphite was as tough, if not tougher than the Met Black on my MKiV Golf. It dusted like crazy (kept pad spritzed). Eventually after 5-6 passes on the bonnet I had about 90% correction. I'd only given myself a day to do the correction and the bonnet has taken pretty much all of the morning. So deciding not to go for OCD perfection, I went for 80-90% and getting the worst of the scratches sorted. Leaving myself with a few final correction jobs todo next year when the weather improves again.
I was a bit flustered with the way the Menz was dusting and that I was running out of time there arent any pictures of the in-between - I need to re-read some DW tips!;-)

Hope you enjoy the pics...












Water hung to the paint after snow foam and claying



Windscreen treated with Rain X. Water clinging to rest of paint work.



Water slowly receding





A few scratches to correct




Some sort of gum?



Result of a few years of shopping bags in and out of the boot, and interesting wash technique form previous owner (dirty sponges I think)





Job done after much longer than anticipated (about 8 hrs!). Decent lustre to the paint with one coat of wax.









Comments as usual welcome. See my previous DW attempts here
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Thanks for looking
Ed
 

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Nice work and a very nice finish too!

Don't you just love snowfoam :mrgreen:
 

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Very clean 8)

Can I get some snow foam that doesnt require a pressure washer??
 

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EvoGlynn said:
Very clean 8)

Can I get some snow foam that doesnt require a pressure washer??
I use my snowfoam without applying it via a pressure washer, I use a Gilmour (£45) but you could use a super sprayer and attach it to a normal hose connection, costs about £9 I think.
 

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tminal said:
EvoGlynn said:
Very clean 8)

Can I get some snow foam that doesnt require a pressure washer??
I use my snowfoam without applying it via a pressure washer, I use a Gilmour (£45) but you could use a super sprayer and attach it to a normal hose connection, costs about £9 I think.
:? A what......? :) Anyawy of using a bucket and sponge as I live in a flat with no hose pipe :(

Seen a guy once at a drive in jet wash, cover his car with a thick white foam first just with a sponge.
 

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Oh I see now. Thanks may have to try that.
 

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syd130 said:
Nice work!
So did you manage to remove the 120d "imprint" from the badge visible in one of the "before" pics?
If so what did you use?
Thanks
The imprint visible of the 120d badge was removed in part using Tarminator (glue/tar remover) and the polishing action of Menz 302. It's now completely gone, even when lightly misted with water. The badge adhesive's were particularly sticky, and didnt remove cleanly, even after using a hair dryer to help removal.
 

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EvoGlynn said:
Oh I see now. Thanks may have to try that.
You're welcome to mine FOC if you're at the the Midlands Breakfast Club meet in December
 

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Wow small world :fest:

It's Tim from cleanyourcar.co.uk here. First post i know but we've just bought a few year old 120d M Sport as the family car and it's good to see some familiar names!

Superb work on your 120d 8) I think I'm go to be doing exactly the same this weekend with a full Zaino kit and if I get it as shiny I'll be more than happy.

Menzerna shouldn't dust at all badly, but if you just get the right weather conditions sometimes it does :? It does sound like maybe you were using slightly too much which is easy to do. You really do only need about 3 small dabs with the menz.

You know what you really need for foam though don't you for that lovely Kranzle pressure washer ;) With a foam lance with that you would definately be getting shaving foam.

Anyway, top job again and nice write up.

Tim
 

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dubbers said:
syd130 said:
Nice work!
So did you manage to remove the 120d "imprint" from the badge visible in one of the "before" pics?
If so what did you use?
Thanks
The imprint visible of the 120d badge was removed in part using Tarminator (glue/tar remover) and the polishing action of Menz 302. It's now completely gone, even when lightly misted with water. The badge adhesive's were particularly sticky, and didnt remove cleanly, even after using a hair dryer to help removal.
Thanks!
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EvoGlynn said:
Oh I see now. Thanks may have to try that.
You're welcome to mine FOC if you're at the the Midlands Breakfast Club meet in December
Thats very kind of you mate thank you :thumbs: would love to go the the club but a long drive for me I think :(
 

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slimtim said:
Wow small world :fest:

It's Tim from cleanyourcar.co.uk here. First post i know but we've just bought a few year old 120d M Sport as the family car and it's good to see some familiar names!

Superb work on your 120d 8) I think I'm go to be doing exactly the same this weekend with a full Zaino kit and if I get it as shiny I'll be more than happy.

Menzerna shouldn't dust at all badly, but if you just get the right weather conditions sometimes it does :? It does sound like maybe you were using slightly too much which is easy to do. You really do only need about 3 small dabs with the menz.

You know what you really need for foam though don't you for that lovely Kranzle pressure washer ;) With a foam lance with that you would definately be getting shaving foam.

Anyway, top job again and nice write up.

Tim
Hi Tim,

Since the success with Lakeland pads and Menz 302 on the 5er and recanting the mantra "small pea sized" amount of product I thought the 1er would be as easy. In retrospect in might be that I hadn't washed the lakeland pad enough, but saying that a brand new yellow sonus dusted like mad too. Perhaps it was the temperature? as it was quite warm.

Hope you take some photo's of your detail and will drop by your site fairly soon as I need to restock on some products!

Rgds,
Ed

EvoGlynn said:
dubbers said:
EvoGlynn said:
Oh I see now. Thanks may have to try that.
You're welcome to mine FOC if you're at the the Midlands Breakfast Club meet in December
Thats very kind of you mate thank you :thumbs: would love to go the the club but a long drive for me I think :(
No worries the offers still open - if your ever in south Midlands Im about 10 mins from J3 of M42

Cheers,
Ed
 

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Excellent work, and good choice in colour :).

I use a £9 foam bottle from Specialist Vehicle Detailing on Ebay, it does the job pretty well for the money.

Tip for removing badge sticky, try WD40 and thet will soften the glue etc and make it easy to remove :)
 

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Matt EHR1 said:
Excellent work, and good choice in colour :).

Tip for removing badge sticky, try WD40 and thet will soften the glue etc and make it easy to remove :)
Thanks for the tip, will try it next time around!

andytran said:
Hi ed,
Nice work, the mototr looks ace!!

Can you give me some ideas as to what you did to get rid of small scratches/swirls, also stone chips.

Thanks in advance,

Andy
The machine polisher/pad and Menz 302 polish helped lift the scratches out.
 
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