Discussion in 'Member Rides' started by Keith, Jun 9, 2017.
Thank you gentlemen. Always appreciated.
The fruits of yesterdays labour apparent this morning, even after a 6am journey to work up the M4 in torrential rain!
Got to love beading paint, and the dirt just falls off too.
Which Ceramic Sealant do you use?
I don't mate.
One of my old cars has an old ceramic coat that started to degrade and I've avoided them since. It was pain to completely remove.
I also like to detail my cars and periodically machine panels if they develop a light swirls, need a small scratch or some bird dropping marring etc removed, so a ceramic coat is no good for me - it comes straight off as soon as you machine a panel, and then you have patches with and without ceramic coating. Not for me.
I just like freshly machined paint and a healthy dose of lasting wax - I use my faithful Collinite 476s as it's long lasting and highly durable:
Lovely clean example. On this I can see the reason for the dislike of black wheels but I still won’t be changing mine
For sure! Would you consider protecting the freshly-painted front bumper with a PPF, to avoid stone chips again?! I’m considering this for mine when I get round to getting it re-done....
Car’s looking great, as always mate. Happy New Year
How much have you been quoted? I think a repaint is cheaper some of the time and the PPF never looks perfect
I haven’t had a quote yet, although you’re right, I think the cost will be same ballpark as a bumper respray.... it’s more about avoiding the hassle of regular bumper resprays for me!
In terms of finish, I’ve seen a few cars now where you’d be hard pushed to make out the film on a bumper when it’s been done well, so this wouldn’t put me off as long as I use a place with a good track record.
A PPF is not for me mate. The idea is nice, but in reality I think they are a waste of money unless you plan on keeping a car many many years.
My brother has a really expensive full-front end (inc wing mirrors) self-healing PPF on his M135i (Alpine White), and you can see a slight shade difference from wing to door - those who tell you it's impossible to tell are not looking hard enough. The Alpine paint probably makes it easier to spot the difference (black may hide most of it), but it does show it's not 100% neutral.
Stone chips happen, just like miles on the odometer, no point trying to stop it. Big stone chips will still happen, film or not. A few tiny ones are to be expected on any car of an age: I don't see the value in a £1000+ front-end PPF film to stop a few of those. In fact I think what they charge is outrageous for a few hours work. As Madda says some companies charge more than £1k+ for a full front end, and then your not too far off the cost of proper paint anyway.
I never sit on people asses on the motorway / fast A roads unless I'm about to overtake anyway, so I minimise risk of collecting them as best I can.
It a personal choice I guess, but I like bare paint, being able to polish it etc.
EDIT: to be clear I think they can offer a nice level of protection, but I don't see the value in them. If a front end PPF was £500 (bonnet, bumper, wings) I may feel them worthwhile, but the prices I have seen are all £1400-£2000+ for a good firm to do it using good film. Too much IMO.
Fair play mate, horses for courses I guess
To be clear, I certainly wouldn’t entertain a PPF at anywhere near prices of £1400+.... the places I’ve looked at were high quality but prices in the hundreds, not thousands
Anyway... bringing your thread back on topic - fabulous looking E92 mate, and one of the few that would tempt me out of my E46
Couple I took of the polished and waxed carbon mirror, I mean roof, just because:
Stunning car, I enjoy a look at this thread now and again.
Thanks mate, appreciate it!
Going through pictures and just found the image which I used for my signature, but didn't post in full resolution.
Love the side profile of these cars, beautiful lines and proportions.
Amazing looking car!
Few taken early today in the clear blue skies and morning sun.
Minter than Mint. Nice one Keith. Loving the updates.
Amazing to see such a transformation to the car and arguably one of the tidiest E92's on here. The fresh paint has elevated the car to another level!
Incredible photography, but then I would expect anything less from you.
Congratulations buddy and I always look forward to the updates .
Cheers lads, always nice to hear from you two!
My photography is pretty basic to be honest, I can frame a good shot and understand light, but my faithful camera is getting on now. Its a really nice Canon Powershot, but about 7 years old now. Getting a new one for my birthday next month, so I'll be sure to pap the car and bore you all with more pictures then!
PS - Zee, still waiting for a thread and pics of the M2 brother... Whats keeping you!
Very nice. Just picked up a Monte Carlo myself.
Did you find much difference in seat height between your alpine and your MC?
Also what colour leather dye did you use was it just black? Looks spot on.