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I thought I'd give this a try.. I am actually a professional Auto Detailer out of New York City.. Mobile and have a small shop thats currently under construction. Im always up to date with auto detailing products and info. Part of many detailing forums and love testing products.

If anyone is interested I'd love to see pictures, products, and your cars shine on here.
Also post any information you would like to know, questions, and knowledge on here. Ill do my best to answer everyones questions.
Lets see some detailed M5's (or any other cars you guys work on).
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Some Examples here... Post anything detailing related.. I love this stuff haha :biggrinbounce:

Interlagos Blue Manual M5:


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Audi RS5 I previously worked on:

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Just one before picture to show that the car was in a really bad condition ( there was huge scratches too) .. Took about 15 hours as I worked quite fast.
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A before and after on a GTR:

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Nice work!

Here is always a good question... Wax vs sealant?

I wash my car weekly and its garage kept.. I have poorboys nattys wax i use on my M5, and i also have black fire wet diamond sealant i use on my daily driver.

Some people say that wax melts in the sun, sealant is better, but other say wax looks alot better etc.

Whats your view?


And some pics :)



 

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Blackfire wetdiamond is for protection (which is the job of a sealant)
A wax at times produces better shine but lasts a lot less. Usually a week or so.. Depends on conditions.
Black fire wet diamond is great for both shine and protection. Usually lasts about 3-6 months or so depending on climate.
On black or any dark colored car, I suggest a forum favorite. The CHEMICAL GUYS BLACKLIGHT AND V7 combo. You can also include a coat of Black fire wet Diamnont on top to maximize protection and shine. Paint will look dripping wet :)

Bottom line:
Carnauba waxes and most waxes are meant for shine while sealants are more for protection of your paint.


Nice work!

Here is always a good question... Wax vs sealant?

I wash my car weekly and its garage kept.. I have poorboys nattys wax i use on my M5, and i also have black fire wet diamond sealant i use on my daily driver.

Some people say that wax melts in the sun, sealant is better, but other say wax looks alot better etc.

Whats your view?


And some pics :)



 

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I thought I'd give this a try.. I am actually a professional Auto Detailer out of New York City.. Mobile and have a small shop thats currently under construction. Im always up to date with auto detailing products and info. Part of many detailing forums and love testing products.

If anyone is interested I'd love to see pictures, products, and your cars shine on here.
Also post any information you would like to know, questions, and knowledge on here. Ill do my best to answer everyones questions.
Lets see some detailed M5's (or any other cars you guys work on).
Follow me on instagram @EnthusiastDetails

Some Examples here... Post anything detailing related.. I love this stuff haha :biggrinbounce:

Thanks for the thread; I love detailing as well and have been meticulously cleaning/detailing my vehicles since I can remember. I do bring my car in to a professional detailer once per year for its spa day, but other 364 days it is my pleasure to work on the M5.

Very nice work on the Audi and GTR! I love the look of black paint on vehicles - always have, always will. I just hate the fact that any/all scratches show easily and dust builds up almost immediately after cleaning. I think my next ///M will be white with a black interior. :cool:

I'm partial to Wizards Products, especially their Mist-N-Shine Detailer for daily use. It seldom rains here in southern Arizona (which is perfect for me as an OCD car/motorcycle enthusiast with an affinity toward black vehicles), and I only actually wash my car with water two, maybe three times per year (and one of those is a professional detail from Stewart Detailing here in Phoenix). I also like Lexol for their leather cleaner/conditioner, Plexus for cleaning/protecting clear/any plastic (especially headlights, tails, and instrument cluster/Nav screens), and Invisible Glass for windows and sunroof glass. These are all of my go-to, regularly used products. I use each product with a fresh microfiber cloth.

Like you, I'd be more than happy to talk detailing/cleaning with anyone. :biggrinbounce:

Here's my 2006 Sapphire Black Metallic M5 after I decided take advantage of the awesome weather and remove the brake dust this past Friday (sorry for low quality pics - car was in the shadow of garage/lack of sunlight/bad angle/wife's iPhone):
 

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very nice work,wish I could find a good detailer in denver..
I'm sure there are plenty of great detailers in Denver and if not, Visit Autogeek.net. Join their forum, you can either find yourself a detailer in Denver or learn how to work on your car yourself. Ill help you throughout the process as well. With DA (Dual Action) polishers now and microfiber discs, it is no longer dangerous to polish your car. So long as you take your time.

Warning though: Once you get into detailing, it starts becoming an addicting/expensive hobby.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions. Post pictures of your car and ill be happy to suggest some waxes for maximum shine and protection :)
 

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I have a question - how do you deal with water marks on shiny plastic trim (such as side bars), and on black metal parts (such as wiper arms)?

Pictures - my 2006 e60 M5;

Such a beauty you have there :)

If you are referring to The B Pillar black plastic, I would suggest either trying a water spot remover such as the chemical guys Water spot removerChemical Guys Water Spot Remover, glass polish, metal polish, mineral spot remover. It is basically a pray on remover. I would suggest spraying it on a good quality microfiber towel and slowly wiping away the water marks.
This usually works when the water marks have not already worked themselves into the pain.
If that does not work I would suggest having someone polish the B pillars since they are clear coated on these cars. You can also move on to compound if needed. Its a relatively easy job, there is tons of how to's on youtube or any detailing forums, I can also assist you further. If you are unsure of it, you can even take it to a local recommended detailer.

I have never encountered them on wiper arms to be honest, sounds like something that can easily be removed by the Water spot remover I previously linked.

Feel free to ask further questions !! :) good luck
 

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I have a light grey interior and I have a bit of fading going on, on the drivers seat bolster how can I bring the color back without replacing the piece of leather. Should I have it airbrushed? How long does the paint last? Can I apply leather treatment to that area after it's painted? I don't really want to paint it.
 

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I have a light grey interior and I have a bit of fading going on, on the drivers seat bolster how can I bring the color back without replacing the piece of leather. Should I have it airbrushed? How long does the paint last? Can I apply leather treatment to that area after it's painted? I don't really want to paint it.
From what I know, Leather is coated. Since it is just the color fading, yes you can paint it. I would suggest going to a place that specializes in Auto interiors and leather. I have a guy that always comes into a dealership I work for that replaces leather and most of the time matches leather coatings on the spot and basically sprays the leather and repairs it. Where are you located ?
 

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Thanks for the thread; I love detailing as well and have been meticulously cleaning/detailing my vehicles since I can remember. I do bring my car in to a professional detailer once per year for its spa day, but other 364 days it is my pleasure to work on the M5.

Very nice work on the Audi and GTR! I love the look of black paint on vehicles - always have, always will. I just hate the fact that any/all scratches show easily and dust builds up almost immediately after cleaning. I think my next ///M will be white with a black interior. :cool:

I'm partial to Wizards Products, especially their Mist-N-Shine Detailer for daily use. It seldom rains here in southern Arizona (which is perfect for me as an OCD car/motorcycle enthusiast with an affinity toward black vehicles), and I only actually wash my car with water two, maybe three times per year (and one of those is a professional detail from Stewart Detailing here in Phoenix). I also like Lexol for their leather cleaner/conditioner, Plexus for cleaning/protecting clear/any plastic (especially headlights, tails, and instrument cluster/Nav screens), and Invisible Glass for windows and sunroof glass. These are all of my go-to, regularly used products. I use each product with a fresh microfiber cloth.

Like you, I'd be more than happy to talk detailing/cleaning with anyone. :biggrinbounce:

Here's my 2006 Sapphire Black Metallic M5 after I decided take advantage of the awesome weather and remove the brake dust this past Friday (sorry for low quality pics - car was in the shadow of garage/lack of sunlight/bad angle/wife's iPhone):
Sorry to take so long to get back to you.
First I'd like to say how lucky you are to be away from all of this snow and salt on the roads. We are suffering here in New York city. Keeping your car's paint properly protected is a must.
Black paint is such a great thing when properly washed and detailed. Everything will show on black so you have to be careful, even wiping the car with Quick detailer when its a bit dusty leaves a few noticeable swirls. Wash the car every chance you get, even with light dust. The more lubrication between the paint and the towel or wash mitt, the less chance you will have in leaving swirls and light scratches. Drying is even more important then washing, I usually use a microfiber drying towel, several companies sell very good ones. I also use spray wax or quick detailer while drying for extra lubricity between the damp high grade microfiber towel and the paint. A little spot left behind can be a problem... It happens.
I know this is all a bit crazy hahaa.
All the products you mentioned are great. Love them, I know most people like using AutoZone detailing products, but I suggest staying away from those. From what you mentioned, I think only Lexol and Invisible glass can be found in AutoZone and those are the only two I recommend from them.
I'd love to see you share on this thread. Cant wait. Hopefully fellow members keep posting. Its great to have to minds answer these questions. Im sure there are a few products Im ignorant about and wont be able to help with.

Thank you for answering to this thread :)
Looking forward to sharing my 2 cents
 

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Adding some previous work pictures for your viewing. Let me know if people would like to see more pictures.
Most taken by iPhone so I apologize for the quality. Need to invest in a nice DSLR camera soon with a tri pod.
 

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I'm getting my car detailed tomorrow. takes the guy 2 days.

my husbands car was opticoated day 1, with two coats, turns out to be a piece of &$#&$ and scratches like crazy. NEVER gonna pay for that again. maybe a C quartz finest....
 

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I'm getting my car detailed tomorrow. takes the guy 2 days.

my husbands car was opticoated day 1, with two coats, turns out to be a piece of &$#&$ and scratches like crazy. NEVER gonna pay for that again. maybe a C quartz finest....
Pics when done! Also, how much extra to polish all ///M badges :M5thumbs:

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I'm getting my car detailed tomorrow. takes the guy 2 days.

my husbands car was opticoated day 1, with two coats, turns out to be a piece of &$#&$ and scratches like crazy. NEVER gonna pay for that again. maybe a C quartz finest....
Thats how long most detailers would take. It's a lot of work to do. Cant wait to see it.

Opti coat has to be done right.. If the car is not prepped right and the opti coat is not applied right it wont last. Even if Opti-coat is applied right (hopefully they applied oti-coat pro and not opti coat 2.0) it wont protect too much against scratches. It just makes the car a bit more resistant to them. Does water still bead on the paint ? Just curious haha :)
pictures please :) we love pictures
 

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I use Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0, Liquid Glass LG-100, Meguiar's Ultimate Compound & Zymol Z540 Spray Glaze. Most likely in the wrong order. From the camera it looks decent as far as reflection but in person it looks like I use steel wool to wipe it down with.
 

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I use Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0, Liquid Glass LG-100, Meguiar's Ultimate Compound & Zymol Z540 Spray Glaze. Most likely in the wrong order. From the camera it looks decent as far as reflection but in person it looks like I use steel wool to wipe it down with.
Ahh, That could happen for several reasons. Could happen during the washing process. Make sure you wash the car using a 3 bucket system.. Most people use the two bucket system, there is nothing wrong with that. Actually its about the same thing as the 3 bucket system except that you have a 3rd bucket just for wheels. Do not use a wash mitt that you would use on the wheels or bottom of the car at the top. Heaviest dirt accumulates at the bottom of the vehicle. Always wash the car top to bottom. The more lubricity between the paint and the wash mitt, the better.
Watch this video on how to wash your car properly. This guy explains it best !! Love his videos by the way. Ill be posting more on here.
Audi R8 BLACKBIRD: Basic Car Wash Techniques - /DRIVE CLEAN - YouTube
Remember.. drying is as important as washing

The next thing could be that some dirt is left on the paint or on the pad that you use to apply the wax, and the will scratch the hell out of your car. (sorry for the bad right up, writing it on the go). Work clean and you wont scratch a thing..

Washing it at a automatic car wash is one of the worst !!

And last.. its a black car, that thing will show everything haha.

I haven't used those waxes to be honest but have only heard good things about them.

Keep up the good work. I would suggest either getting a DA polisher online. The Griots Garage Griots Garage 6 Inch Random Orbital Polisher not too expensive and they're good to start with. Also watch some videos and ask on detailing forums and myself on this thread....
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Take it to a local detailer.. A good one that will take time to make sure everything is perfect :)
Enjoy they car.. Would love more pictures
Good work
 
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