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MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 11:47 AM
So I'll try to give you a short background on the car (as much as I know, before I start to show the goods.) Car is an 86 BMW 635 CSi, Re-painted red (single stage.) I dont know when it was re-painted, but I do know that the owners do not know how to take care of the car. The car has been sitting at the beach for the past 6+ monhts, but who knows how long it has actually been down there. The car BARELY got here running, and then once it got here, it would not start. (Good thing we do maintenace :)) Apparetnly this car was repo'd, and the new owner just wants it looking / running as good as possible to re-sell it. Alright on with the pictures.

Here was the original plan of attack:
GC Wash
Clay
Wash Again
M80
NXT Wax

Here is the new plan:
GC Wash
Clay
GC Wash
Wet Sand (Yes I know a scary thing, but we have a body shop next door, and already did a test spot) You will find out why later.
M80 / M2
NXT Wax


Car came in on Monday looking shiney as ever ;) (Yes, I know this is a slow project)
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_1046.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_1047.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0855.jpg

Note Valve Cover should be silver, not black.
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0852.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0858.jpg

Interor is Alright, just needs some TLC
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0836.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0843.jpg


Oh the things we find when cleaning cars.
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0850.jpg

The metal between the trim.
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0820.jpg

MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 11:50 AM
So I decided a good wash was in order for this vehicle

http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0866.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0856.jpg

Mirrors need a new look
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0881.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0880.jpg


I had some pictures of the engine bay degreased, but I don't know where they are now.

MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 11:58 AM
Decided to try a test spot. Started with M80, but I have the worst time trying to remove it, except for when I'm at the meguiars classes, then its super easy. (I tried a few different products, but the easiest was IP.) I ended switching back to M80 later
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0862.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0864.jpg

Here are some better close ups
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0877.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0878.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0879.jpg


As you can see, the color comes out nice, but there are some HORRIBLE SCRATCHES. (Which dont even include the horrible swirls). So I went on and did 4-5 Passes of the IP.

http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0883.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0887.jpg

But still you can see ALOT of the scratching (can't see it in the picture). It seriously looked like they went off-roading through all the tree branches they could possibly find.

gbackus
Apr 15th, 2006, 12:03 PM
A lot of what you are seeing looks like a bad repait. I can see what looks to be sanding scratches that are UNDERNEATH the paint itself. Don't go crazy trying to remove them, because you will thin out the paint considerably.

Otherwise, it's looking good so far :)

MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 12:03 PM
NOTHING I did was taking care of those scratches, so I decided to go all out, WETSAND.

http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0897.jpg

Then buffed out with M80 (following pictures not of the same area posted above.) Roof isn't fully finished, but you get the idea.
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0902.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0904.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0907.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0908.jpg
http://www.revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_0909.jpg

And bye bye scraches, Hello SHINE :)

Blr123
Apr 15th, 2006, 12:09 PM
Superb Mike :xyxthumbs

What speeds were you using for #80........spread on speed 1, then up to speed 4 and a final pass on speed 6 possibly?

Bryan

MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 12:14 PM
Ah ha!, thats what I was doing wrong. I was using speed 5.

gbackus
Apr 15th, 2006, 12:32 PM
BTW, what'd you use on the mirror?

MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Just some metal / aluminum polish (I didn't have meguiars at the time) This other one start with a M also.

sneek
Apr 15th, 2006, 04:05 PM
i dont think you are supposed to use speed 6 on a pc! it will wreck the pads and sometimes the backing plate

MDetail
Apr 15th, 2006, 08:19 PM
In the end, it ended up working out at 4.5 for me, with a little less product on the pad.

Blr123
Apr 15th, 2006, 11:35 PM
Originally posted by sneek
i dont think you are supposed to use speed 6 on a pc! it will wreck the pads and sometimes the backing plate

Yeah that's what they say sneek but here in the UK it's become the norm to increase the speed to 6 for the last pass which works very well and ensures the product has been fully worked :xyxthumbs

Bryan

Five Star
Apr 16th, 2006, 03:54 AM
I'd love to see the full finish shots.

I always wanted one of those 635's

MDetail
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:19 PM
The moment you have all been waiting for. I have been done with the car for a while now, but just haven't had time to re-size, and make the write up for this car until now.

Here is where we left off last, a test spot after some wetsanding.
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20005.jpg
Here is after a few passes with some compound. (top not done yet)
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20015.jpg
Bling Bling
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20018.jpg
Cropped Full Res Shot on the trunk
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20020.jpg
Quickie on the interior
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20022.jpg

MDetail
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:23 PM
Now for the fulls you guys wanted!
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20023.jpg
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20027.jpg
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20031.jpg
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20032.jpg
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20033.jpg

MDetail
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:24 PM
So we have from this:
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_1046.jpg
to this:
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20032.jpg

From this:
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/IMG_1047.jpg
to this:
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20021.jpg
http://revautousa.com/images/BMW_86_635CSi_Red/Picture%20020.jpg

sneek
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:30 PM
amazing extreme makeover

gbackus
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:39 PM
Nice job.

Any afters on the engine?

MDetail
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:40 PM
Sorry, I fed up and forgot to take afters on the engine bay.

SweetJazz
May 7th, 2006, 10:15 AM
Extreme Congratulations!

That car looked dead and now it has been reborn.:bow

jrobbo
May 7th, 2006, 10:32 AM
A great lesson here: If you are looking at buying a second hand car and it looks like it has been stored in a heated garage all of it's life and only ever driven on nice days, BEWARE!

It could just be an abused beater that has been taken to Mike for a makeover

Absolutely fantastic job, Mike. That must have been very tiring, but you have done the best that could have possibly been done

:bow :bow :bow

Regards

John

Lydia
May 7th, 2006, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by jrobbo
A great lesson here: If you are looking at buying a second hand car and it looks like it has been stored in a heated garage all of it's life and only ever driven on nice days, BEWARE!

It could just be an abused beater that has been taken to Mike for a makeover

Absolutely fantastic job, Mike. That must have been very tiring, but you have done the best that could have possibly been done

:bow :bow :bow

Regards

John

I agree with John! You did an excellent job, Mike!!

MDetail
May 11th, 2006, 08:36 PM
Thanks guys! What you said is 100% true, because when I asked the owner what his expectaions were, he said ... "I want it to look like it has always been taken care of, which we know it hasn't."

DetailManiac
May 12th, 2006, 12:52 AM
Very, very nice job, looking great :bow :xyxthumbs

Murr1525
May 12th, 2006, 10:26 AM
It is always funny to me to look back at 80's cars, even Ferraris and the like, and how inexpensive the interiors seem for even high end cars, by todays standards.

Plastic was really fancy back in the day. I wonder what todays 'high-end' interiors will seem like in a decade or so.

And great job, if it runs now as good as it looks, should be easy to sell.


:xyxthumbs

rascal
May 13th, 2006, 11:33 AM
Great job Mike! :bow From Dead to Red!! :coolgleam SWEET!

Vandelete
May 15th, 2006, 06:22 AM
Nice job you did on the BMW...i see there are others waiting to get the same job? ( I mean the 2 FcRx7`s and the oldskool integra :D ? )

MDetail
Jul 9th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Replying to my dead thread....

Yes both need a detail. The white car is mine. the FC is a co-workers. And now we also have another co-worker that needs his SC300 done. Wlong with a project car (neighbor business worker) 85ish Nissan Sentra

TH0001
Jul 22nd, 2006, 05:54 PM
Amazing work!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!

Sheik
Aug 6th, 2006, 11:39 PM
RESPECT :xyxthumbs I really enjoyed your write up and pictures.