BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums banner

21 - 37 of 37 Posts

·
Company Representative for the Bradan Group
Joined
·
179 Posts
Discussion Starter #21
Stage 17: Glaze

This was the final polishing process with the dewalt machine. This is not a paint recondition process, as the previous steps corrected the paint. This step is strictly to enhance the gloss and depth of the finish. A 3M finishing pads with Ardex seal b glaze was used. Tomorrow the paint will be sealed and protected with wax.
 

Attachments

·
Company Representative for the Bradan Group
Joined
·
179 Posts
Discussion Starter #22
Stage 18: Body cleaned and waxed

The body was stripped of all tape and the moldings were cleaned. All dust was blown away and the room was mopped clean. A clean, sterile surface and work area is imperative in the final phase.

Autoglym HD wax was applied by hand with an applicator that was pre soaked in water. To soften the wax, it was heated with a bosch heat gun. The wax will now cure on the paint for 20 minutes before being removed. This last phase seals and protects the paint from contamination.
 

Attachments

·
Company Representative for the Bradan Group
Joined
·
179 Posts
Discussion Starter #23
1st coat of wax complete.
 

Attachments

·
Company Representative for the Bradan Group
Joined
·
179 Posts
Discussion Starter #24
We are proud to say that the F355 exterior paint correction is now complete.

Paint meter readings show that we removed on average half a mill of paint from the cars surface. Wet sanding does not remove as much paint as pictured if done correctly. As a word of caution, wet sanding and heavy compounding can cause serious damage to the exterior if done incorrectly. Most detailers learn this skill in a body shop early in their career. The hood had the deepest damage that required the most aggressive paint removal. Bumpers would have been the same, but they were beyond saving and were repainted instead.

In total, 71 hours were spent on restoring this cars exterior. The most time was spent on the rear decklid, as it was the most complex part of the car to restore with its multi angle louvers. An average condition F355 would only require about 50 hours of work. This is because most cars would not require the wet sanding stage and only 1 stage of compound to restore.

We hope this thread gave some information that would help an enthusiast with their detailing needs. This process, although time consuming and expensive, is a great alternative to a full paint job at a fraction of the price. This would be the most extreme case of an exterior paint correction and custom detail. This is not the only style of detailing we provide. We have regular package programs that fit most customers’ needs.

To book an appointment, please call 631-585-8600.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
576 Posts
This car in person looks like a museum peice, it doesn't look like it's ever been driven. The quality of this shop is second to none glad I visited and met the guys there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
160 Posts
Great attention to detail, awesome work, and fantastic writeup!!
:applause::applause::applause::applause:
 
21 - 37 of 37 Posts
Top