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      09-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Just had the Z4 detailed

Posted this on M3 Post in the local forum, but thought it deserved to be here as well:

Last week, we took my wife's Z4 in for a detail. We bought the car used in June. It had 20k miles on it, was a nicely spec'd car, and we got a good price. The only problem? The previous owner did not take very good care of the paint and it had not been washed very carefully (almost certainly auto car washes, etc.).

I am careful washing my cars (two-bucket method, switch rags frequently, and will be adding a power washer/foam cannon and drier) but thought the car deserved a good foundational detail to bring it up to snuff. Phil of Detailers Domain actually recommended Street Dreams when I called to ask about the power washer and drier. We dropped the car off late last week and picked it up Sunday, as the car needed a LOT of work.

Dave is an absolute awesome guy and fellow BMW enthusiast and drives a mint-looking (no surprise) Valencia Orange 1M. He is super friendly and very, very knowledgable about BWMs in general and detailing them in particular. He really knows their nuances and demonstrated a surprising depth of knowledge about the things to look out for with each different shade of paint. The best part is that he is a "realist." He basically said that with the foundational detail and regular, basic washes (using good habits, which he was happy to advise me on), the car should look excellent year-round and would only need a much less involved "maintenance" detail once every 6-12 months, depending on how anal I am. That is exactly the sort of detail schedule I was looking for.

Anyway, I picked up the Z on Sunday and was blown away by the quality of his work. The swirls and scratches are probably 90% reduced. That last 10% represents the deepest swirls/scratches and would likely need a wet sand to completely remove. Maybe someday! The car looks awesome, both inside and out. It has more shine and gloss than ever before by a large margin. Most importantly, the wife is happy.


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      09-26-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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Quite a Difference! Was the wood trim polished as well?
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      09-26-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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Quite a Difference! Was the wood trim polished as well?
It was, though to be honest the wood was in pretty good shape relative to the exterior.
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      09-27-2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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It was, though to be honest the wood was in pretty good shape relative to the exterior.
I "messed" mine up, to be honest this must be the most sensitive clearcoat ever used, I was using a supersoft brandnew microfibre cloth to dust it off from time to time (driving top down 99%) and man, it looks like somebody went over it with sanding paper.

Now what I wonderd how you got off the wood trim without cracking it? Ive tried it very gently, it wont move a bit, and polishing it while installed will be pretty messy.

I got the very same color combo / trim like you
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      09-27-2013, 01:22 PM   #5
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I "messed" mine up, to be honest this must be the most sensitive clearcoat ever used, I was using a supersoft brandnew microfibre cloth to dust it off from time to time (driving top down 99%) and man, it looks like somebody went over it with sanding paper.

Now what I wonderd how you got off the wood trim without cracking it? Ive tried it very gently, it wont move a bit, and polishing it while installed will be pretty messy.

I got the very same color combo / trim like you
Sorry to hear about your issues. I don't believe Dave pulled the wood trim off to detail it. I will ask him what technique he used to avoid scratching it.
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      09-28-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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Love the look, great combo! White on white

What AE are those?
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      09-28-2013, 11:23 PM   #7
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Love the look, great combo! White on white

What AE are those?
Thanks!

They are Lux v4. They look really good on the Z. Not as impressed on the M. I'll be going with OSS for the M3.

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      09-28-2013, 11:52 PM   #8
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I tried to contact OSS Designs about a possible design for the Z4 once... didn't get a response unfortunately
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      10-01-2013, 02:40 PM   #9
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Very nice z4, congrats on COTM.
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      10-01-2013, 04:01 PM   #10
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Hey OP, nice detail!

Any chance you are willing to PM me the detailer's contact information and cost? I have been looking for a good detailer to supplement my own cleaning efforts!
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      10-10-2013, 11:43 PM   #11
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Very nice z4, congrats on COTM.
Thanks! What is "COTM"?

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Hey OP, nice detail!

Any chance you are willing to PM me the detailer's contact information and cost? I have been looking for a good detailer to supplement my own cleaning efforts!
I'll shoot you an e-mail, Nick!
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Car Of The Month for Z4 class
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Nice! I need a really good detail also. Its so much work tho. We need another in depth write up. Last time I detailed the car, I was inspired by BMWZ4RIDER's thread. I didn't have his patience and attention to detail but I did get me to give my baby a little more attention than usual.
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      10-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #14
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Ah, I see. Did not realize there was such a thing. Who won?
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      10-16-2013, 09:57 AM   #15
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Check on the first page "OCTOBER Car of the month": you won for Z4 class
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      10-26-2013, 03:37 AM   #16
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Awesome Z4!
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