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October '17 Winner
A big well done to Bruce Buchan for winning our October show and shine. After acquiring a nearly new BMW 220D xDrive M Performance earlier this year, Bruce recently set to work correcting some minor marring in the finish and protecting the bodywork and wheels in readiness for the coming winter. For the protection, Bruce decided to up his game and step into the world of silica-based coatings for the extra durability and fantastic looks they offer. And, as the results prove, this was a smart decision - great work Bruce!
"Ever since the day I passed my driving test, detailing and maintaining my cars has been a priority of mine, which is a credit to my father for his attention to detail and for helping me along the way. With two previous cars under my belt, and having detailed plenty of others for family and friends, I was determined to make my new car the best yet! My latest purchase is a BMW 220D xDrive M Performance with very few miles on the clock. However, despite this, poor washing techniques had already lefts signs of marring and light swirling in the finish. Using the guidance offered by Polished Bliss on their website, I was able to carefully select the right products for the job. Having always used waxes and sealants on my previous cars, I decided to up my game and jump into the world of Gyeon coatings, based on the results I was seeing on the Polished Bliss instagram feed.
Firstly, the car was snow foamed using Bilt Hamber auto-foam. Although this foam is relatively thin and light, the results after pressure washing speak for themselves. As I planned on taking all four wheels off to apply a coating to them, the task of cleaning them was left until later in the detail. Using the two bucket method, the car was then hand washed using a Gyeon Q²M Woolie and Auto Finesse Lather. The deep wool pile of the mitt allows for safe removal of dirt and grime and is one of my favorite purchases from Polished Bliss to date. Again, the car was rinsed off at pressure in readiness for tar removal and claying to begin. After removing the tar spots with a sprit-based tar remover, I then used Bilt Hamber auto-clay with water to remove the remaining stubbornly bonded contaminants. After rinsing off the car one last time, an Auto Finesse Aqua Deluxe drying towel was used to fully dry the car prior to me taking it inside for the polishing stage to commence.
Once inside, all of the badges and panel edges were taped off to ensure that no mishaps occurred. The paint thickness gauge I purchased from Polished Bliss gave an amateur like me the confidence to carry out machine polishing with the safety of knowing I was removing the least amount of lacquer possible. Using a rotary polisher, each panel was cut back with a cutting pad and a medium cut polish and then refined using a finishing pad and a fine finishing polish. After the polishing was done, the car was given a final wipe down using Gyeon Q²M Prep to remove any residues left by the polishes. My coating of choice after reading reviews was Gyeon Q² Mohs. The supplied kit gives you everything you need to safely apply the coating, and, to my surprise, it turned out to be easy to use. As per the Polished Bliss how to use instructions, one panel at a time was treated and then after a few minutes it was wiped down with the aid of a bright light to ensure all of the residue had been removed. Once the whole car was done, I waited an hour and then applied a second coat using the same method.
Whilst the Mohs was left to cure, I lifted the car on to axle stands and removed all four wheels. Due to the wheels being an added extra, and having maintained them to a high standard up to this point, they cleaned up easily using PB Luxury Wheel Woolies and a mild wheel cleaner. Again, I had chosen Gyeon to protect the wheels, this time using their Q² Rim coating. I employed the same method as I had used with the Mohs, i.e. doing one wheel at a time and removing the residue fully with the aid of a bright light. The wheels were then re-fitted to the car and over the following two days, as the Mohs and Rim cured, I had ample time to give other areas of the car some attention. The tyres were given two coats of Blackfire Total Eclipse Tyre Gel and the windows were treated with Nanolex Ultra Glass Sealant. The inside of the car was given a vacuum and a general tidy up. After leaving the car sat in the garage for two days, I applied a final protective layer of Gyeon Q²M Cure.
The reflectiveness and flake pop of the Mohs really did become apparent when I took the car out of the garage and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Having driven the car for some time after the detail, regular washes have become easy due to the properties and beading of the coatings. All that remained after the detail was to pick the right time and relatively dry road conditions to go and take the photos. Thank you all at Polished Bliss for the expert advice and excellent product range!"