BMW M2 in Long Beach Blue receives a new car prep and Nanolex SI3D HD
Most will ask why would we need a "new car prep" when my car is new....hopefully the below will answer some of your questions.
What is new? We consider a new car is new up from 50-100 miles or 1 month after purchase.
What is done?
Remove any plastics or wrappings from the factory
Remove any existing transportation/storage dirt without marring or scratching the paint
Remove surface contaminants ie:leftover adhesive, tree sap, traffic film, rail dust, overspray, etc.
Bring out the full potential of the paint by increasing gloss and smooth paint surface
Provide a durable protection of the exterior surfaces using high quality sealants or coatings
Provide a professional inspection of your vehicle's paintwork
What to look out from the dealership.....
The products used are not necessarily the best available for your car
The work is likely to be done by "detailers" who don't have the training or equipment
Lack of training can lead to subpar results or even worse swirls/burnt paint/holograms
Shortcuts due to time constraints will cause dealerships to rush a job and steps maybe skipped to complete the car
Nanolex SI3D and HD Based on its unique Si3D technology, Nanolex Car Care offers a range of products specifically developed and designed to fulfill the highest demands and needs of our professional customers.
The Nanolex Si3D molecules - precursors of ceramic and hybrid materials - consist of silica, nitrogen, hydrogen and organic compounds such as carbon. These high-performance polymers are all solvent and fluorine free.
The additionally-implemented thermoplastic component forms an incredibly hydrophobic, flexible, cross-linked matrix to give an outstanding hardness and durability.
Nanolex Si3D is extremely weather and chemical resistant, which in turn provides excellent corrosion protection with easy-to-clean properties.
Nanolex Si3D can also increase the total hardness of the paint to up to 9H+, adding a clear coat with a color-darkening effect to the treated surface. Depending on the number of applied layers of Nanolex Si3D, the thickness of the coating can vary. The coating thickness, combined with the sophisticated structural nature of the Nanolex Si3D matrix, make the coatings resistant to abrasion caused by frequent washing and resistant against most chemical substances.
An important part of automotive coatings are solvents. The liquid consistency, viscosity and volatility of the product is highly dependent on the used solvents. Nanolex Car Care do not incorporate any aromatic solvents in their product formulations, due to the high potential of ‘hazardous-to-health’ character, thus making them safe use in an enclosed environment.
The Si3D coatings have very good ‘solvent release’ properties - about 90% of the solvents will evaporate during the first 24 hours, with the remaining 10% evaporating within one week. Please take note that solvent evaporation is also greatly dependant on temperature and weather conditions.
Nanolex Car Care do not incorporate any aromatic solvents in their product formulations, due to the high potential of ‘hazardous-to-health’ character, thus making them safe use in an enclosed environment.
Unlike traditional protective coatings such as car wax and conventional polymer coatings, where the protective efficiency decreases with time, and from using degreasing or alkaline detergents, or because of mechanical removal, Nanolex Si3D coating exhibits outstanding durability and a tough insensitivity to abrasion from frequent washing and the use of strong alkaline or acidic detergents.
Full list of products used during the new car process
The car came in with all the wrapper still on it from BMW.
Removal of all the delivery wrapper.
Spotted a rock chip - photo taken and immediately texted to the owner
Window sticker removed and residue removed with Nanolex Glass Cleaner and a nice new razor blade
The car was driven with the wrapper still on it for a couple of days.
Wheels were quite dirty. - Nanolex Wheel Cleaner and Iron Remover used on the wheels - Adam's Tire and Rubber Cleaner used on the tires and wheel wells.
Nanolex Wheel Cleaner and Iron Remover used to pull contaminants off the paint, not much here but a process we like to do to ensure the paint is properly prepped prior to any paint correction or paint polishing.
After the decon process we proceeded to pre soak it.
Blow dry and blot drying
Scan grip lights used to inspect the paint, not too bad but we will still spot compound and polish out the complete car.
But first we get the car up on the quick jacks and detail and prepare the wheels and brake calipers for Nanolex SI3D HD and clean up the wheel wells while we are in there.
Cleaning out the wheel wells
Calipers prepped and coated
Polishing out the paint with the Rupes LHR15 MKII with the Rupes Yellow Pad and Meg's M205
Customer requested to swap out a few things including Side gills removed and replaced with the IND color match ones
Remove stock M2 badges and replace with M2 Badges in Black from IND
Remove stock front amber corners and replace with IND color matched ones
OEM Carbon Fiber Winglets installed
Removing the nibs off the tires
Nanolex Tire and Rubber Restorer
Wheels all coated and dressed up - Nanolex Si3DHD and Nanolex Tire and Rubber Restorer
Tint being installed - Llumar
Wheels are now back on and torqued down
After all this was done, we were now able to coat the car with the Nanolex SI3D HD
Nanolex Ultra Glass Sealant was used on all the exterior glass