For most automotive enthusiasts, the 2003 “Uber M3” built by Craig Lieberman (of Fast and Furious fame) needs no introduction. Run a Google search for Craig Lieberman’s Uber M3 and you’ll find dozens of articles profiling this over-the-top M3 build. Initially slated to appear in the third installment in the F&F movie series, its appearance was canceled after producers decided on the “Tokyo Drift” theme.
When the Uber M3’s current owner gave us a call to take out the swirls from years of unfortunate neglect due to improper washing and detailing methods, we gladly accepted the job. We traveled to CES Motorsports in Monroe, NC to perform the detail, where the Uber M3 was getting top treatment to an Active Autowerks supercharger install to help bring the mostly stock S54 3.2 liter M3 motor up to the level to which the rest of car had been treated.
Enough about the car, though. Suffice it to say this is one impressive machine that really needs to be seen in person to really be appreciated! On to the detail.
The car started out Schwartz (black), but when the Flosman wide body kit was installed, they decided to go with Lamborghini Candy Blue by using 2 coats of PPG base Lavender, 4 coats of Metallic Blue, and 2 coats of clear.
The effect is startling. The color is so deep and rich, it is a shame that it had become masked by significant swirling and water etching. While one might not expect that a repaint would match the hardness of the OEM BMW clear, major kudos has to go to Quigley’s Paint for this $14,000 paint job, because it was some of the hardest clear we had ever encountered. It required the use of a twisted wool pad on areas with water etching and even some westanding on some of the more stubborn swirls and light scratches. We normally wouldn’t wetsand a standard Premium Detail, but Dan just couldn’t help himself when striving for perfection in one particular area!