A good client of mine had contacted me in the spring asking questions about a new M3 he had just ordered. Over the years I’ve taken care of several new vehicles for this owner and having pointed out damage caused by new car dealers, he was very concerned about getting his new baby in unmolested. I had instructed him to strictly inform the dealer not to touch the car outside of the necessary PDI (pre-delivery inspection) work…apparently he reminded them of this several times during the waiting period. He also informed the sales guy that I’d be coming along the day of delivery to inspect the car, and that if it had been washed, detailed, or damaged in any way, he wouldn’t accept the car. LOL, you should have seen the sales guys face when I pulled out my Dual Xenon Brinkmann and started looking over every square inch of the car!
I didn’t have my good camera with that day but I did snap a few phone pics…I was actually impressed that the dealership listened to his request!
The arrival date on the car had changed a few times so it was a couple weeks before I could actually get to it as a results of scheduling conflicts. This meant the owner would be doing the first wash himself. He was a little nervous about this at first, but he had read Todd’s washing/drying article before and I had also shown him how to wash a time or two when working on his other vehicles. He was also fully equipped with a CR Spotless system, pressure washer, Sheepskin Wash mitt, and high quality DI drying towels, so I assured him he could handle the job.
The car arrived at my place a couple weeks later, minus a few bugs on the front and some adhesive from the protective wrap, it was clean and unmolested.
Appearance mod installation
First up would be the removal of the factory chrome grills and installation of the gloss black ones.
Next I would be removing the front reflectors and replacing them with painted inserts.
Color seemed off a hair but it did offer a cleaner look
I then moved onto removing the chrome turn signals from the fenders and replaced them with blacked out ones.
Last but not least, remove the chrome badges in exchange for black ones.
New Car Prep
Tar specs removed from barrels
Ready for Opti-Coat 2.0 application
Opti-Coat 2.0 Application
Better than new!
Wheels re-installed and torques to factory specs
After claying the car with some fine grade clay I did a light polishing with Meguiar’s M205 on the DA polisher equipped with a crimson LC pad. Then I rewashed the car and wiped it down with a 15% IPA solution. You can also see a quick video of my Opti-Coat 2.0 application below and the full review for the product can be found here.
Now for some finished pics!