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LC60291 – Part 3: The Detail

October 9th, 2013

1999 BMW M Coupe in Arctic Silver over Black

A couple days later, Colby returned with his detailing/polishing gear. We were fortunate to catch a break in the rain to give it a good wash both outside and in the engine bay. When I attempted to remove the stoneguards from the rear fenders, they started to disintegrate. They had bonded to the paint and could only be removed in pieces. So, public service announcement, remove and wash your stoneguards with ever wash. I’m guessing the previous owner had never removed them in the 3 years he had the car. The engine detailing was the most telling as it revealed a newer radiator and all new plumbing. The cooling system had been done! We also noticed the source of that extra power: an M50 manifold. It just got better and better.

1999 BMW M Coupe in Arctic Silver over Black

We pulled the coupe into the garage, and Colby got out his ridiculous new polisher and went to work. I watched the surface scratches melt away over the next 4 hours. He happened to nick the rear spoiler while polishing and thought it looked pretty good. So this coupe now has a mirrored black finished spoiler :-). He then introduced me to a product called Black Wow and Pre-Wow. They lived up to their names and all the formerly faded trim pieces now look brand new. It’s safe to say we took 50-60,000 miles off the look of the coupe.

Colby Detailing M Coupe

The following day, my mom, who generally has no significant interest in cars, dropped some stuff off in our garage while we were out. While on the phone she told me that it looked like a new car no less than 3 times. One of those times she even interrupted herself mid-sentence to ask if her coupe (and my dad’s) would ever look that good. Yep, Colby does good work!

Seriously though, how many 99k mile coupes looks like this:

1999 BMW M Coupe in Arctic Silver over Black

1999 BMW M Coupe in Arctic Silver over Black

To be continued…

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  1. Mitch
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:40 | #1


  2. October 9th, 2013 at 11:10 | #2

    Great work, really enjoying these articles! 🙂

  3. Chris
    October 9th, 2013 at 18:59 | #3

    I should be taking notes.

    I’ve got stone chips all over the front of the hood a couple of ugly scratches, a few not so ugly and a bit of rust on the inside of the front wheel arches.

    Its been bugging me, but every body shop I go to just wants to blast all the paint off, spray some new crap and charge me 6k.

    BTW what kind of power does the m50 manifold add to an s52?

    • October 10th, 2013 at 11:09 | #4

      I’m not too versed in S52 modifications. It does feel fairly significant though.

  4. sam kriemelmeyer
    October 10th, 2013 at 04:41 | #5

    grab those floating rotors and put em on your car! swappy mcgee!

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