I just recently completed a 20+ hour detail on a 2000 BMW 740i. The original plan was to spend about 15 hours but the results wouldn't have been satisfactory for both the client or myself, so I put in some extra time to exceed expectations. The car was just bought from a private seller and brought to me the next day. The car has 112k miles on it and based on the condition of the car it was never really maintained. The front left tire was heavily covered in rust. Some areas as thick as heavy posterboard. (Only thing I could think of to compare it in thickness too lol). According to the previous owner the car was driven and wore the brake pad down completely to the metal. Supposedly the car was still driven causing the metal on metal to cause huge amounts of metal rust particles. This rust was all over the car in the clearcoat down the entire drivers side and even around to the back and there was some on the passenger side but no where near as much.
Due to the customers budget and time I had available to work on the car the main focus was to clean up the car first focusing on the interior, metal/rust particles embedded into the clear and the heavily contaminated wheel and to correct the paint.
Car was washed with CG Citrus using Glimour Foam Gun and CG Maxi Suds II using two bucket method. This had no effect on the rust embedded in the car. The only thing that worked was some aggressive claying. Thank goodness for detail clay. I was only able to do a one step correction due to time. I went with surbuf pads on a PC DA using M205 as this seemed to be the best combination. Because the car is a daily driver paint correction wasn't the number one priority but I was happy with the results and so was the client. Tailights and headlights were wet sanded and then polished. Interior leather was conditioned using leatheriqe and all interior surfaces were protected with 303 aerospace protectant. All of the before and after pics can be found at
Last edited by Will3ptman; 03-12-2012 at 08:40 PM.
That looks like a great detail for 20 hours! I really like that color. What did you use on the wood trim?
What a mess! 10x better!
What a mess! 10x better!
Wow, I wouldn't touch that car with a 10ft stick after PO admitting to being such a careless jerk. Great cleaning potential and you used it full force - great job! Thanks for saving a great car!
Beautiful work mate, as said above, how'd you clean up that wood trim so nicely?
Beautiful car! Can't believe PO didn't take care of it
Thanks guys. The awesome part is that the guy who purchased the car got a really great deal on it due to the condition he bought it at, and he tried to flip the car for a quick buck at car max and a few local dealers. All of the offers were in the $3500-$4500 range due to the exterior condition. After I detailed the car, he posted it on craigslist and within a week sold it for $7500. The return on investment of paying for the detail paid off big time.
Last edited by Will3ptman; 03-13-2012 at 11:02 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
Looks awesome. What product did you use to remove the swirls?
It's like night and day. Awesome job!
This really looks great. Good job.
Yes, Meg's 105/205 is a great polish & combo on BMW paint. Great job, happy to see the car has it's dignity back!! Let's hope the owner keep up on your great work! : )
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What'd you use on the tail lights?
The paint looks outstanding! Did you apply with a rotary machine, or a random orbit?
That poor car looked liked it was ready for the crusher. Great job on fixing that mess.
Yep, very good job.
I've had a few worse than that. One that sat for over 3 years and no cover.
I had a driveway full of mud and leaves after washing. No joke.
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Wow, it's painful to see the neglect!! It has to be a nightmare trying to clean that up! Awesome job!!
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What did you charge for this detail job??
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[QUOTE=Will3ptman;24043036]Thanks. I used a porter cable random
Thanks. I was looking into polishing my car, which has similar fine scratches. Will check out that Meguiars 105/205 for sure.
What kind of clay did you use? I had no luck with a mothers clay bar at getting rust off my e30 wheels?