Inspired by this thread, I splashed out on some new products recently. Finally had a free day yesterday to give them a try on the 2005 M3 (w/ competition package), the daily driver. Identical to photos below.
Clean wheels first (BMW wheel gel and a battery of different brushes). The ZCP wheels are a bitch to clean in all of the nooks but are easier than the standard M3 wheels.
Usual wash (MF mitts and a Meguiar's product I've had for ages).
Zaino clay bar (new) with Wolfgang lubricant (new). I really liked how it pulled off stuff left behind after washing and left everything super smooth. An alarming amount of crap came off the areas behind the rear wheels.
Dry (an extra thick MF towel - forget where I picked that one up but it's mighty thirsty).
Then into new territory for me. I'd never ventured into polishing or waxing myself before - but usually had a pro detail job once or twice per year. My usual washing had left some swirls in the meantime, of course. I gave the Klasse All-In-One Polish a try (ordered from Autogeek.net). Wow - what a difference. Covered the swirls nicely and the shine is plenty wet and deep for me.
Dressed the tires with Zaino Z16 (new). This stuff is great - really black but not glossy and oily looking.
Zymol cleaner and conditioner on the interior.
Some follow-up on the Alcantara steering wheel. Diluted Woolite works well for cleaning purposes. A razor blade is useless for dealing with the pilling - takes forever. I had high hopes for one of those battery-operated sweater shavers, but that was a bust - couldn't shave close enough to grab any of the pills. Basically have to pick them off by hand - which just blows. A nail brush does a nice job raising the nap, though.
Autopia.org apparently is the SF of the detailing world.
This kid is up in northern Virginia and does great work - and posts great pictures. Has worked on a lot of sweet hardware. This one is a nice 599 GTB with two checks in the plus column - not red and no Scuderia shields:http://autopia.org/forum/click-brag/...h-39-pics.html
Go to his profile to check out other threads - lots of Ferraris.