2016 BMW M4: Paint Correction Detail & 22ple Mistico Elemento Applicationby Zach McGovern
I’ve always been a fan of the M product line, and the styling of the M4 is a real attention grabber. This vehicle was purchased with moderate water spot etchings and signs of many bad car washes from its time spent on the dealership lot. The new owner wanted us to restore it to its true glory and make it look like a new car should, so we set out to remove the majority of defects from the finish and apply a durable layer of protection to the paint and wheels.
To begin, the exterior of the vehicle was carefully washed and decontaminated. Since we were going to be removing the wheels, we did not worry about cleaning them during the regular wash process.
Once clean, the damage on the paint was easily visible. This brand new car looked worse than many used vehicles due to several very poor car washes at the dealership.
Water spot etchings covered only the front of the vehicle, a sign that perhaps the car was parked near a sprinkler on the dealer lot. Our two-step paint correction process removed these etchings, revealing a nearly flawless finish.
Here are some other before & after shots taken during the compounding process.
Side emblems were removed to allow for proper correction of the front fender
After the vehicle was compounded, a fine finishing polish was used to restore clarity, color, and gloss. Notice how much deeper the right side is after final polishing compared to the haze that was left after compounding.
During the process, the wheels were removed, deep cleaned, and nano coated.
While we had the wheels off, the wheel wells were cleaned up and dressed. The brake calipers were also cleaned and then nano coated.
I then applied a nice layer of 22ple’s premium professional coating, Mistico Elemento.
Look at that clarity and gloss after removing the coating residue.
I could stare at this car in the sun all day. This tanzanite blue metallic individual paint was absolutely ridiculous.
We work on a lot of great looking vehicles, but this paint color has to be one of my absolute favorite. The metallic flake is brilliant!
- Tire Cleaning: Tuf Shine Tire Cleaner, Tuf Shine Tire Brush
- Wheel Cleaning: Sonax Wheel Cleaner Plus, Hyper Wash, Bucket & Grit Guard, EZ Detail Brush, Wheel Woolies, Wheel Brush
- Washing: Meguiar’s Hyper Wash, DI Foam Lance, Buckets & Grit Guards, Microfiber Mitt, 1″ Boars Hair Brush
- Drying: DI Waffle Weave Towel, Metro Master Blaster
- Paint Decontamination: Nanoskin Fine Grade Mitt, Nanoskin Glide
- Paint Correction: Griot’s BOSS Fast Correcting Cream, Meguiar’s Microfiber Cutting Pad, Black & Yellow Microfiber Towels
- Paint Polishing: CarPro Essence, Rupes Yellow Polishing Pad, Black & Yellow Microfiber Towels
- Machines Used: Rupes LHR21ES Mark II, Rupes LHR15ES Mark II, Rupes 75e, Griot’s BOSS G21
- Paint Cleansing: CarPro Eraser, Double Thick Edgeless Towel
- Paint Protection: 22ple Mistico Elemento
- Wheel Protection: 22ple VM1 Extreme Wheel Coating
- Tire Dressing: Forma RVP, Tuf Shine Applicator
- Glass: Meguiar’s D120
- Metal: Chemical Guys Metal Polish
Absolutely beautiful. Great job.
Hi John – thanks for reading!
Great work, taking it to another level when you remove the emblems. Love the look of that BMW and the paint color.
Hi Bob – thank you! This color was absolutely stunning
As always that’s off the charts might need sunglasses to look at its
Ha! Very true, Jeff. Thanks!
Masterfully polishing down , how do you catch the haze symptoms and out of the trouble ?
Hi Hans – I’m not sure I understand your question. Could you please help me to understand what you’re asking? Thanks!
The King is returned!
Thanks for the comment, Bryce!
I had one question, do you prime the yellow Rupes pad first with CarPro Essence or do you just put the three or four dots of polish then start polishing?
Hey Brandon… here is a section from my article about CarPro Essence where I explain exactly how I use it for finish polishing.
“When using Essence as a final polish, very little product is needed. Simply apply 2-3 small dots of product to your pad (no need to prime), then spread the polish onto your working area. Make a couple of passes with a moderate machine speed and moderate pressure, and finish with a slower speed and very light pressure. Use slow arm movement throughout the process, and as always, make sure to keep your pads clean. Some of my favorite finishing pads to use with Essence are the Rupes Yellow Polishing Pad and Rupes White Finishing Pad.”
Article Here: https://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/product-review-carpro-essence-initial-impressions/
Let me know if you’ve got any other questions! Thanks for reading.
This is very helpful, just one more question, after Essence is applied would I need to use Eraser before putting on Sealant/Coating or is Eraser not needed?
Hi Brandon – unless we are dealing with exceptionally soft/delicate paint where an eraser/ipa wipe would be very difficult to do without marring the finish, we always do an eraser wipe after Essence just to be safe. The product was designed to be used without any wipe down needed, but we are perhaps a little over cautious.
Nice job Zach. It seems car dealers have no shame in selling an expensive car in that bad shape. How much more difficult is the 22ple Pro coating to apply than the consumer version?
Not very difficult at all with some practice. All 22ple products are made to be user friendly, including the professional grade coatings. Thanks!
Great work Zach. Always great to see different products showcased. The paint looks flawless.
Hi Steve – thanks for the comments!
Excellence as usual!
Thank you, Ron!
Fantastic Job Zach! BMW’s dark blue metallic paints when brought to this level are sunning. How many hours in this paint correction/detail?
Hi MIchael – Thank you for the comments! This job was done about 6 months ago, so I cannot recall specifics on how much time we had in it from start to finish. If I had to guess, it was probably in the 15-20 hour range.
Wow thats nice i detail vehicles but want to get more into correcting and polishing do you think this pads and products used would be great for a lot of two steps i mean as a starting point for me i know not all paint is created equal and what product and pad would you recommend for a one step i could use on all vehicles Thanks
Hi Sam – Unfortunately I cannot recommend just one product that will work on “all vehicles” as in my opinion there is no such thing. I encourage you to read the following articles for some more guidance on this process…
Wow Zach,you did an excellent job. While Mistico Elemento is a great product, I’m having no luck selling this application to my customers. Would love to know your marketing technique since 22PLE doesn’t seem to give any help.
Hi Ken – thanks for the comments!
You can email me directly and I would be happy to share some insight on selling/marketing your services to your customers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Awesome job Zach. Incredible
As usual, another really nice job Zach. I know you like the Griot’s Fast Correction polish, but curious on your use of the CarPro Essence finishing polish versus the Griot’s Perfecting Cream (which I don’t think I’ve seen you use in your blogs)? I don’t always get the results I expect from M105/205 so am about to order some different correcting and finishing polishes – your guidance is much appreciated.
Hi David – we do have and use GG Perfecting Cream from time to time, however I enjoy Essence because of it’s very short working time which produces very fast results. Also, I find Essence to be incredibly simple to wipe away, where Perfecting Cream takes quite a bit more work to remove the residue completely after working it.
Perfecting cream does leave an exceptionally nice finish, as any finishing polish should. It has a place on our shelves, I just personally prefer to use Essence when I can. Hope that helps!
It does Zach and thank you for taking the time to reply. Hmm, that is one of the attributes I’m also looking for which is ease of removal..just may have to also try the Essence product.