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BMW X5
3.0
- Enhance and Protect with LTT Leather Care

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Product

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AutoGlym Fast Glass

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AutoSmart G101

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AutoSmart Tardis

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Belgom ALU

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Chemical Guys JetSEAL901

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Dodo Juice Limeprime

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Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

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Jeffs Werkstat Prime

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LTT Auto Ultra Foam

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LTT Auto Ultra Protect

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Meguiars Last Touch

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Meguiars All-Season Dressing

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Meguiars Wheel Brightener

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Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel

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Sonus Green Clay

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Victoria Concours

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Zaino Z8

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Inspection:

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After
setting up, wheels, arches and sills attacked with products various.

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Alloys requiring
a little more time than usual.

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Tar pick-up
off the wheels:

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And then
clayed to lift some of the lighter pitting:

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Crevices,
badges, joins and gaps cleaned with an Envy Brush and G101.

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After
washing with the usual two-bucket setup and Dodo Born To Be Mild shampoo,
little protection was found on the vehicle:

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The benefits
of a two-bucket wash:

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That dirty
water in the rinse bucket would otherwise still be on your car!

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AutoSmart
Tardis applied to the lower areas and allowed to dwell. A minute or so into its
work time, area wiped with a clean cloth and surplus amounts of tar seen
lifted.

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Vehicle then
clayed with Sonus Green and Last Touch as lube&#8230;

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The tailgate
was quite stubborn - glass also benefited massively from a quick pass.

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Dried off
and taken inside for further inspection.

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Paint looks
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Under the
forced lights:

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B-Pillars
quite tarnished, milky and dull:

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Check out
this hand-print (wasn't removed through the wash > clay stages!)

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(I forgot to
add, this vehicle does the school-run everyday)

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Bonnet
lacking clarity:

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So starting
on the rear door of the O/S. 3M Polishing Pad and Limeprime. Go!

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Before (with
50/50 still..)

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Bonnet
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Bonnet
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50/50's

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50/50 on
B-Pillars (left side not done)

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C-Pillars
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It's about 4:30pm at this point. It's cold,
it's raining hard and it's 'moist' in the air. Bodywork wise, I was struggling.
There was no-way I could get it waxed in these conditions..

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In checking
my work, I had kittens when I saw this lot:

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..merely
condensation that was forming all over the vehicle. I'll worry about this when
I have to (&#8230;the morning!)

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Before end
of play on day 1 I sealed the wheels with JetSEAL901, dressed the tyres and
cleaned up the exhaust baffles that could be spotted in the rear wheel arches.

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Bright and
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&#8230;the cheek!

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To kick
things off, I finished a bit of the machine work and finally got round to
waxing the car. Victoria Concours used today for a bit of a change..

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After this
the plastics, trim, britework etc were attended to.

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Grille
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After
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Now, before
the rain comes again, I ran it out the front to snap a few pictures.

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Replacing the
rear registration plate would benefit the back end massively! Oh it's the
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Moved back
inside for some interior work..

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Leather with
LTT kit.

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Mats and
carpets were agitated with G101 and wiped clean.

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Doorcards,
plastics and centre console had a G101 wipeover, however, this wasn't enough.
The rear of the interior was well 'used'&#8230; Quite a few 'kick' (scuff) marks on
the plastics and on the rears of the front seats.

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Taking
things a step further, G101 was agitated with a Megs brush, but, no joy!

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This was the
back of the passenger's seat after the above two hits:

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I need to go
aggressive. A JML Magic Eraser maybe?

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Again, G101
applied and light agitation with the above eraser.

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The outcome
wasn't perfect, but, much improved..

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Same goes
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four of the doorcards!

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Glass
cleaned inside and out. A few final touches and we're about there..

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The rest of
the photos (infact, some of the above were, too) were taken on my back-up cam
(for the first time EVER, my SLR battery was run-flat! :( )

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Much better.
14 hours into this one..

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thanks for the support.

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Jim, is that your unit or are you at the same customer's place (the one with the 650i, S-class and GL)?

Stunning finish. That interior looks new now!
 

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Thanks Dave.

It's the customers' place still hehe.. this was the son-in-law's car to the owner of the S-320 CDi. (good customers, this far! [:D])

A unit however, IS on the horizon.
 
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