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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Fri, Sep-08-2017, 05:57:33 PM   #31
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Yea this exactly, it sucks because you're destroying perfectly good carpet.
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As others have mentioned above, Larry and Matt are solid guys and have some great videos.

When I first get a car I perform a multi-step prep. Depending on how the car was kept up by the previous owner the car may need a light correction (1 or 2 step), or a heavier correction (2 or 3 step). I always measure and inspect the paint before doing anything to see what I am working with.

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Wash (Foam Canon W/ Two Bucket Method)
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Once the paint is in good shape, I preform maintenance washes once a week. During the washes I use the two bucket method with simple grit guards and a foam canon. I make sure to start at the top of the car and work your way down. I only use straight passes with my wash mitts, as straight scratches are much easier to correct as apposed to swirls if debris gets stuck in your mitt during the wash. My drying methodology is to touch the paint as minimal as possible. I use a leaf blower to dry the car. The coating makes drying with a leaf blower an absolute breeze. Every month I'll hit the car with Carpro's reload to keep up the longevity of the coating. Everybody has a different method to their madness and will say one way works better than the other, blah blah blah. Unless you're Larry or Matt you most likely won't be able to tell the difference.
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Old Fri, Sep-08-2017, 06:06:23 PM   #33
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Uh, yeah I'll let the shop take care of it. Knowing myself, I'd probably cut myself in the process.

Perfectly good carpet infested with E. coli
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Old Fri, Sep-08-2017, 06:52:03 PM   #34
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My go to sources for detailing product reviews and procedures are;

www.obsessedgarage.com
www.ammonyc.com
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Old Sat, Sep-09-2017, 02:22:39 AM   #35
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Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez guys.....

I sincerely wish I had time to take care of my car the way you guys are describing. I just paid $140 to have it detailed, and while the interior looks new, the pain is still rough. This was a garage baby, but the black pain has fine scratches, especially on the hood; and a couple stone pecks.

The detail helped; I mean, it could almost be confused as a new car; but up close, it's just a thousand scratches everywhere you look.

I will have to find someone who I can pay to do a good job... I don't think this detailer really did... What should a good restoration detail cost, you guys?
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Old Sat, Sep-09-2017, 02:46:05 AM   #36
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I've been detailing for a long time, I've had a nice little side business for the last few years. It is a broad topic but there is some great info that has already been posted. Larry at Ammo is a great source of information as is the r/autodetailing over at reddit.

Start learning to wash and decontaminate/clay your car properly first. Then work into more advance techniques such as polishing. Understand that there are limits to how much you can improve a cars appearance with detailing depending on the starting point. The better shape the car is currently in the better the outcome will be. I struggled with polishing for a long time, why didn't my car come out as good as what I saw on the internet? Then I had a chat with Mike Phillips over at Autogeek and he basically said you can't win them all and you can only do so much.

As for products, plenty of good stuff out there. I use a lot of Meguiar's and CarPro. Part of the fun of being a hobbyist is experimenting with products. I can also order anyone products at wholesale pricing.
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Old Sat, Sep-09-2017, 02:47:26 AM   #37
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Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez guys.....

I sincerely wish I had time to take care of my car the way you guys are describing. I just paid $140 to have it detailed, and while the interior looks new, the pain is still rough. This was a garage baby, but the black pain has fine scratches, especially on the hood; and a couple stone pecks.

The detail helped; I mean, it could almost be confused as a new car; but up close, it's just a thousand scratches everywhere you look.

I will have to find someone who I can pay to do a good job... I don't think this detailer really did... What should a good restoration detail cost, you guys?
I think for $140 a good wash is the most you would get from me if that. A professional detailer will charge you $800 and above for a paint correction. It all depends on how much time is needed. Detailing is not cheap and requires a lot of time. Check out some time lapsed videos of paint corrections done by Detailers Domain as well to get an idea of what can be done.
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In my area you can get a pretty solid one step polish for about $300 or so
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paint correction and ceramic coating does wonders
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Rear carpet was removed a while back becauseracecar. I'm not sure how to remove front carpet without taking out the dash. I was going to have the shop take care of that.

I'm tempted to take a sample of the water and culture whatever bacteria is present. E. coli was confirmed to be in the water, but I'm curious which strain it is and what else is there.
taking the dash out is simple, the only hard part is removing the A pillars. before i did mine i was so afraid of the job, i was afraid because i pulled a few dashes out of the e30s and they were a nighmare.

dont cut the carpet, just remove the dash, its well worth the added time. TRUST ME
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