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    Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    One of my clients recently purchased this beautiful 540i and whilst it was in really good condition, 18 years of improper washing and drying showed and so over a weekend in April I set about getting the old girl back into decent shape...

    Engine bay



    First I used a blower to remove as much of the loose dust, leaves and other debris out of the engine. Carchem APC @1:5 was then used in combination with various boars hair brushes, microfibre towels, q-tips and the blower to clean - no water was used to spray or rinse anywhere. This obviously is more labor intensive and in my opinion, not quite as effective as using a pressure washer, but is obviously a much safer option.


    Once everything was clean the plastics were dressed with Autofinesse Dressle and the painted areas hand polished/protected using Autofinesse Tripple.

















    Fender wells, tyres and wheels


    Before





    Fender wells pressure rinsed, sprayed with Carchem APC @ 1:5 via a foaming sprayer, left to dwell, agitated with various brushes, pressure rinsed, dressed with Autofinesse Dressel


    Tyrespressure rinsed, sprayed with Carchem APC @ 1:5 via a foaming sprayer, left to dwell, agitated with Mothers tyre brush, pressure rinsed, dressed with 1 coat of Carpro Perl uncut


    Wheels pressure rinsed, sprayed with Angelwax Billberry Wheel Cleaner via a foaming sprayer, left to dwell, agitated with Wheel Woolies, pressure rinsed, tar deposits removed with Carpro Tar-x, Iron deposits removed with Carpro Iron-x LS, lips polished with Menzerna Polishing Cream followed by Meguiars NXT All Metal Polish using a Mothers Polishing Cone, Wheels protected using Menzerna Powerlock


    During iron removal





    After washing and decon





    During polishing





    Wash and Decon


    A pressure washer was used to remove as much of the loose dirt as possible before making contact. The entire vehicle was then foamed using Carchem Snowfoam which was left to dwell before being pressure rinsed off





    This was followed with a 2 bucket wash using Carpro Reset and a few lambswool wash mitts. Any tar deposits were removed using Carpro Tar-x and the entire car then sprayed with Carpro Iron-x LS to remove any iron deposits.


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    This was followed with another foaming and pressure rinse to ensure no iron remover was left behind. Shield Heavy Duty clay was used with ONR as clay lube to remove the remaining contamination.


    Paint correction


    Paint readings
    OEM paint: min 92, max 109
    Repaint: min 160, max 223


    Process
    Paint : Flex 3401, Blue Hybrid Wool Lake Country Hybrid pads, Menzerna FG400, White Foam Lake Country Hybrid pads, Menzerna SF4000
    Taillights: Flex 3401, Orange Foam Lake Country Hybrid pads, Menzerna FG400, Black Lake Country Hybrid pads, Menzerna SF4000
    Headlights: Flex 3401, Menzerna SF4000


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    Protection


    Paint : Collinite 845
    Wheels : Menzerna Powerlock
    Leather : Collinite 855
    Plastics + rubbers : Aerospace 303


    Interior


    Mats were removed, pressure rinsed, sprayed with Carchem APC @ 1:20, agitated with a brush, pressure rinsed again and hung out to dry, then vacuumed and returned to the interior once done.


    The seats and carpets were vacuumed and the seats then cleaned with Carchem APC @ 1:20 and protected with Collinite #855.
    The plastics were also cleaned using Carchem APC @ 1:20 and protected using Aerospace 303. The glass was cleaned using Autoglym Fast Glass.


    Before





    After





    Other


    The exterior plastics and rubbers were cleaned using Shield Heavy Duty Vinyl and Rubber Cleaner. The plastics were dressed using Carpro Perl and then Rubbers with Aerospace 303. Exterior glass was clayed during the initial decon, then cleaned using Gyeon Prep and Wynn's C-Thru applied. The badges and emblems were cleaned using Autofinesse Tripple and Q-tips














    Completed pictures
























































    Total time spent = 34 hours


    Thanks for looking, and as always any questions or comments and are welcome.


    :hi:

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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    Wow!!!
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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    Nice work bringing this one back from the dead! I had almost this exact car, only difference was mine had the M-sport package. I miss it a lot, and I'll have another if I can ever find a nice enough one.
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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    It looks fantastic. I always enjoy the details in your posts. Thanks for sharing.
    AZ Mike aka "Repeat"

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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    Gorgeous!

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    Outstanding work, as always, Lawrence.
    Best regards

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    Sunning work, Lawrence! I love seeing older BMW's brought back like that.

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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    Great work, pictures, and write up! Thanks for posting!
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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    Sorry for question. Must of missed it the first go around.

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    Re: Alpine White BMW 540i - Detailed by Lawrence

    Excellent work as always Lawrence!

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