BMW e46 330ci – Sapphire Black

Working to a budget, the car was to go through a Major Paint Correction Detail to restore clarity and help remove some Random Deep Scratches (RDS) and swirls.

Product used:

AutoSmart G101
AutoSmart Tardis
AMDetails Bubbles
AMDetails Foam
Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection
Car Pro Iron-X
Jeffs Werkstat Acrylic Prime
Menzerna 85RD 3.02
Menzerna 203s
Meguairs Endurance Tyre Gel
Meguairs Metal Polish
Scholl Concepts S17+
3M Glass Cleaner

Video highlights:

Upon inspection.

Residues from previous polishing sessions:

An area to focus on; nasty scratches around the BMW badges.

Usual wash and decontamination stage performed.

CarPro Iron-X deep cleaning the matte finished rims:

Once inside, clay barred and blown dry, it was time to fire up the rotary.

A few defects (difficult to capture ‘swirling’ on sapphire black; only visible marks are random scratches and blemishes)

Working with Scholl Concepts S17+ and Lake Country polishing pads, results were pleasing:

A ‘sort of’ 50/50 on the OS door:

Nasty scratch:

After: (after many polishing sets)

Not completely removed if you looked ever so closely in the right light and at the right angle, but MUCH improved (would no longer be visible outside in natural lighting)

Bootlid before/after:

A small 50/50 on the lower sill:

A-C pillar work:

Lower doors before:


N/S/R wing before/after:

Bonnet was a little tired; requiring a wool pad and several polishing sets to get ‘right’.


Front bumper:

Rear bumper:

With the machine work complete, the car had collected a fair amount of dust so outside for rinsing.

Back inside and blown dry, time to layer some protection. In this case, Blackfire’s Wet Diamond was the last stage product. Why? Next weekend, the car will be on show at a German car show in the East Midlands. Blackfire offers a slick, glossy ‘wet look’ finish. Perfect for show go-ers.

Exhausts and other britework polished with Meguairs Metal Polish:

Glass cleaned. Interior tidied. Wheels polished and tyres dressed. Finished.

Very nice. Thanks for reading.