BMW 335i | Signature Detail + Interior Deep Clean

The owner of this BMW 335i is a good friend of Daniel's who actually worked for Automotive Aesthetic for a time. The fact that past employees of Automotive Aesthetic choose to bring their cars back, means a lot to us, and shows not just that we do high quality work, but that this work is well worth the price... So let's get to the car!
 

Interior

When the vehicle was dropped off, the interior needed a good bit of work. A couple additional interior services were needed to get it back to an acceptable standard...

 

 

 

 

 We began by dry extracting (vacuuming) out the interior.

 

It goes without being said that the interior mats had to be removed. At this point we figured it was as good a time as any to get started shampooing and extracting them. 

The matts (and rear carpet) had some candy that was engrained into the fibers, which was left to set for a long time... The owner was dubbed the "candy man" for this treatment of his carpets...
 

First a gentle mixture of all purpose cleaner was sprayed onto the carpets to let dwell for several minutes...

After the all purpose cleaner had a chance to dwell, the carpets were scrubbed with a brush attachment on our industrial grade steamer. This part is always enjoyable...

 

 At this point I was able to remove the candy... phew, I was nervous it was going to take a heavy solvent to lift that off. The power of steam is amazing...

 

After the dirt and debris was agitated it was time to extract all the sediment from the material using our commercial grade extractor that heats water to just below boiling point to remove dirt most effectively. This is also a very rewarding aspect of the process...

 After the matts were cleaned they were left out (of the car) to dry while the interior carpeting was attacked 

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A leather deep clean and condition was also an additional service we opted for...

This is a picture we took after doing a 50/50 cleaning of the center of the seat. You can see where we put a piece of tape down to depict the difference. The right side is clean and free of dirt and skin oils that dry and crack leather over time...

 At this point, it was about 12:00 pm and time to get some rest.

Exterior

The following day we turned our attention to the exterior. The first thing we needed to do is wash the car. The first step of our wash process is applying a thick, hot foam to the car- allowing it to dwell for several minutes to break down the loose contaminants. 

Afterward the foam is pressure rinsed off...

Another coat of snow foam is applied to the car before washing it with the 'cookies fist'. This layer of foam adds lubricity between the mitt and the paint to avoid wash induced marring...

 After the car is washed and rinsed it is time to start removing the bonded contaminants. The first step to this is chemically removing/loosening them using an iron remover...

During this process, you can visually see the bonded contaminants being removed...

 

The car is then wiped down using a clean all purpose microfiber towel, then rinsed...

The car is then moved inside where we use a clay bar to remove the remaining contamination. For those who don't know what a clay bar is- A clay bar is a physical abrasive that when used correctly with a lubricant spray glides over the surface, and picks up the bonded contaminants. If these contaminants weren't removed, they would affect the results of the polishing stages. There are various grades of clay depending on how contaminated the surface is. This BMW was very contaminated. This is why we opted to go with a chemical iron remover first, before clay barring as the aggressive grades of clay will leave marring behind. 

The car is then rinsed again, then dried using our metro master blaster. Next the car was moved onto our scissor lift, at which point we removed the wheels. These wheels proved to be difficult before they were rusted to the hubs...

After the wheels were removed, they where cleaned using Gtechniq Iron and General Fallout Remover, Gtechniq Tar and Adhesive Remover, a few other chemicals, and an array of brushes. I always start with the barrels, then work to the faces. We had to repeat these processes a couple times. You can see the Iron and General Fallout remover doing its job (second pass) on the left, while the right wheel is experiencing its first round of cleaners...

Yummy! 

There were some etchings from  perfect, but they are much better! Now it was time to wipe them down with panel wipe to prepare the surfaces for Modesta BC-06. We love this stuff, and the owner after seeing multiple cars come in and out with coated wheels had to have it!

After the wheels were sprayed with Modesta BC-06 they were cured via the shortwave infrared curing lamp for 15 minutes. 

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