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#1 tssdetailing

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:55 PM

ts|s...short for "third shift studios." The brain child of mine from years ago when I would stay up late at night doing freelance web/graphic design after coming home from the traditional 9-5. Months back, Autopian member rdorman, Rick, contacted me and mentioned he would be in the Cincinnati area on April 24 and would like to have his 2000 BMW 740i given a complete stage 3 overhaul. "Of course I said...when is most convenient for you?" "at night, i need the car through the day." :cooleek: So we set the date, April 24th, in the parking garage of the UC Marriott @ 8PM.

Rick's BMW is a 2000 with 119k on it. He enjoys maintaining his car but just wanted to treat it to a professional spa package. After handshakes and small talk about the latest Autopian threads, I set off to work. Rick was adament about having the full thing documented, "I GOTTA HAVE THE 50/50 SHOT!" Well buddy, without further adue, I present to you 12 hours of midnight-detailing madness!

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Rick's leather was very cracked and dry, it's difficult to tell but there are so many cracks on the clean side it looks like embedded dirt.
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If you're not doing it like this, you are wasting your time!
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Another autopian classic foamed car shot, just for you buddy!
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Brand new, just out of the package claybar....
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Just a few quick swips over the hood and....oh, c'mon Rick, YER KILLIN ME!
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Before shots (it's 4am at this point)
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Here ya go Rick! That infamous 50/50 shot all framed up.
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Oh look! The sun's out now....lets see how we did!!!

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:10 PM

Awesome job! What part of Cincy are you from?

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:11 PM

Thank you! I live in Florence, KY-i'm about 10 miles south of Cincy.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:21 PM

Thank you! I live in Florence, KY-i'm about 10 miles south of Cincy.


I am from the eastside of Cincy, Ky is better these days.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:02 PM

Wow, great job! I love those 7 series.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:31 PM

Imola Red on a 7 series is rare. Nice work on bringing the color back!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 02:36 AM

That's definitely my favorite 7 series body style!! Great Job Jaison!! Gotta love those 3rd shift details...the sun shots are awesome.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:58 AM

many thanks guys! It was a very unique gig.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:37 AM

Jaison worked long and hard on my car and it really shows. Thanks, it was a pleasure!

On the color, Imola was not offerred in 2000 on the 7 so the car had to be ordered special which is why you don't see many of them.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:42 AM

hey what kind of carpet auto brush is that? what the nae of it and how much is it?

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:40 AM

what all did you use ?

Did you finish on time?

how much time did you actually spend polishing, and how many passes?

i'm curious

great job!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:15 AM

Great work! That color really does look sweet on that body style! :2thumbs:

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:18 AM

hey what kind of carpet auto brush is that? what the nae of it and how much is it?

The carpet brush is from Chemical Guys, it's a 6" disc with hard bristles. It will shed after the first use, but has not shed since. It's a HUGE help on floor mats and SUV hatch areas.


what all did you use ?

Did you finish on time?

how much time did you actually spend polishing, and how many passes?

i'm curious

great job!



I remember at one point I looked at my phone and said "I wonder when his check out is....?" But the LSP was put on around 8:00 am.

Polishing time took roughly 3 hours, it was 4am when I stared. The car has SOOO much trim on it, and I always tape all that up, so compound doesnt mark up the black. That was time consuming but well worth it. I polished the hood and front fenders with M105 and a Cyan Hydrotech pad, then did a 2nd step with a Tangerine and M205. The rest of the car was 1-stepped with M105 and Cyan pad. It's a remarkable combination. I was so impressed with how much the paint glossed up using just a single step. After 1 final wash to remove any tape residue and compound from the nooks/crannies, I applied a coat of Adam's Machine wax. I chose that b/c this is his daily driver and I wanted something that would endure the elements. Considering his drive home was dry all but 4 miles from his house when it down poured, it was a great choice.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:29 AM

Very Nice job! :goodjob

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:35 AM

Car looks phenomenal!! I'm from Louisville, KY so I'm not too far away from you!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:57 AM

Car looks phenomenal!! I'm from Louisville, KY so I'm not too far away from you!


Been there a few times! I did some design work for a band called 7 Day Sun from there. The band's Singer's dad owns a strip joint called Trixie's which I also did some design work for-from what I understand, they are a pretty well known club.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:25 AM

Wow, pretty awesome results for only using 105 on almost all areas. Do you always do this? It seems like it would make a great option if the owner ever wanted to come back in the future and then all you'd have to do it a one step of 205. What machine did you use?

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:31 AM

The carpet brush is from Chemical Guys, it's a 6" disc with hard bristles. It will shed after the first use, but has not shed since. It's a HUGE help on floor mats and SUV hatch areas.





I remember at one point I looked at my phone and said "I wonder when his check out is....?" But the LSP was put on around 8:00 am.

Polishing time took roughly 3 hours, it was 4am when I stared. The car has SOOO much trim on it, and I always tape all that up, so compound doesnt mark up the black. That was time consuming but well worth it. I polished the hood and front fenders with M105 and a Cyan Hydrotech pad, then did a 2nd step with a Tangerine and M205. The rest of the car was 1-stepped with M105 and Cyan pad. It's a remarkable combination. I was so impressed with how much the paint glossed up using just a single step. After 1 final wash to remove any tape residue and compound from the nooks/crannies, I applied a coat of Adam's Machine wax. I chose that b/c this is his daily driver and I wanted something that would endure the elements. Considering his drive home was dry all but 4 miles from his house when it down poured, it was a great choice.


3 hrs !

dayum i need to step up to a rotary!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:53 AM

Wow, pretty awesome results for only using 105 on almost all areas. Do you always do this? It seems like it would make a great option if the owner ever wanted to come back in the future and then all you'd have to do it a one step of 205. What machine did you use?


3 hrs !

dayum i need to step up to a rotary!


I used a Flex D/A. I've never used a rotary.

honestly, the Hydrotech pads made a HUGE difference. I chose them b/c they specifically say in their text they were made for water-based compounds like M105/205. I did 4 sweeps in each 2x2 pass. In 1 sweep, The pad evenly distributed the compound, on the return sweep, it allready broke it down. I followed with 2 more sweeps and that section would glow with very little residue left over.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:20 AM

looks great, nice job...
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