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Got a chance to detail a rare Laguna Seca Blue M3 this weekend, amazing car and color to work on! The DSLR even had a hard time catching the true beauty of it, but the pics will have to do :) Let me know if you have any comments/questions/PM's :)

Car was had 80,000 miles and showed it, took ~17 hours


Upon arrival, this customer drove 1.5 hours to have me detail it so it was pretty dirty:






Started with the rims, just a quick clean as they were gonna be replaced in the next month:






Bugs got their pre-soak with APC:



Car was then foamed, twice:


Fresh bar of Riccardo was chosen:


Car was pretty contaminated, after 1 panel:



Washer jet cover removed to clean under it:


Clean:


Surgery Prep:



Let's see what the paint looks like, Swirl-maina/hologram combo package :facepalm:



Even the dim lightbulb on the side shows significant marring:



First paint reading. Avg was in the 90's/low 100's, range from 82-120.



Only 50/50's I took, was pressed for time. This was after the first hit of P203, followed up with 106FA but can only see that in the afters.



This panel had the deepest scratches/thin paint, got about 85% correction, other panels with more paint I was able to get to 98-100%




Some kind of etching:


Etching removed:


Black keyhole:


10 painstaking minutes and many Q-tips later...


Polished hard till bout midnight, snapped a pic and hit the hay to wake up early the next morning as I had another client coming mid-day:
 

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Started the next morning with the mats, 50/50 of the front ones:



Driver's after extraction:


Steamed the entire interior, after pic of the M pedals:


Sills before/after:



Smoking vents :)


Interior after:



At this point the 2nd client, visible in the background, showed up so I shuffled the cars around a bit and did an IPA wipedown and pulled it out into the sun to inspect the polishing job up to this point, most of it was done, still a couple areas needed it(roof,bumpers). As you can see, quarterpanels came out close to 100, hood about 90some%. Paint is still naked. :






Finished it up, put 2 coats of Powerlock on, 24 hrs apart as I had the car for 3 days. Still needed undercarriage spray, applied later. Final sun pics:





Exhaust tips shining again, insides have some water condensation:









Thanks for viewing! Questions/Comments welcome :)
 

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Nice work man.
 

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You are a magic worker. Absolutely beautiful
 

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Looks good man! I really like this color on these cars, and the condition of the paint don't surprise me at all. Seems like these cars are almost always hammered.

While this is one of my favorite colors, the YMB on the new M3 is even more stunning.



Keep up the good work man.
 
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