2003 Titanium Silver E39 M5 – Paint Correction + Opti Coat Pro + Gloss Coat

More from Florida Detail Fest, another E39 M5. This Titanium Silver M5 was in for a pin stripe removal, dual stage paint correction, Opti Coat Pro topped with Gloss Coat, Glass Coat Pro, Wheel and Caliper Coating, and Interior Clean and Condition. Needless to say there was a lot of work and I hardly got any pictures of the process.

Lets start with some interior leather cleaning. Initially it looked like the leather had abraded on the door handle.

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But after gently cleaning away years of use, the leather appeared as good as new!

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Here is what most of the time was spent on: A dealer installed pinstripe in the M colors. The stripes had faded and the owner had no interest in keeping them around, let alone locking them in under the ceramic coating to be applied (Opti Coat Pro). The stripes were gently sanded away with a 2000 grit wet sandpaper.

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This went all fine and well until we got the the passenger rear quarter panel. It was determined that at some point when they repainted the trunk lid, they had blended clear coat over the pinstripe! This meant that we now had to carefully sand through the additional clear coat which measured between 40 and 50 microns, just to reach the pinstripe. Not willing to step up to a more coarse sandpaper, careful sanding and constant paint thickness measurement ensued. After much sanding, finally that last bit of pinstripe was gone as well.

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You can see where the factory and additional clear coats meet. The edge was feathered out with 2000 grit sandpaper and all sanding marks were removed with Menzerna FG400 compound and a Flex Rotary polisher.

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Wheels were removed for cleaning, and to gain access to the massive Brembo calipers. Following a thorough cleaning, both wheels and calipers were coated in Opti Coat Pro.

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The entire car was generously coated in Opti Coat Pro, and for added slickness and shine, topped with Optimum Gloss Coat. Just check out this video of the car repelling water!

Here are some beauty shots of the car basking in the Florida sunshine..

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