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Special Detailing Edition: Seven Steps To A Beautiful Bimmer or Magnificent MINI – Step 7: Maintain The Shine

Jun 30 14

Special Detailing Edition: Seven Steps To A Beautiful Bimmer or Magnificent MINI – Step 7: Maintain The Shine

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Step 7:
Maintaining the Shine

Now that your BMW or MINI is looking so nice, don’t let your hard work go to waste – maintain that shine!

1) Weekly or as needed: Use dusters, microfiber towels or polishing cloths to remove dust, pollen, etc., from waxed surfaces.  Also remove sap or bird droppings as soon as you notice them – if left on the surface for any length of time, they can ruin the glossy finish you worked so hard to produce.  For on-the-spot paint cleaning and dusting, we recommend keeping a Car Duster and Microfiber towels in the trunk.

2) Twice a month: Wash and dry your car and clean your wheels. (If you live in an area where they use road salt or sand in winter, give your car a thorough rinse between washings). Hand washing is best because it allows you to inspect the exterior up close. Plus you know the water is clean, the wash brush isn’t gritty or grimy and the soap isn’t too harsh. If you must use an automated car wash, use a touchless one. To restore some luster after the car has been washed and dried, use Zymol Field Glaze, SONAX Brilliant Shine Detailer or Smartwax Smartdetail. Spray it on, wait 10 seconds and buff lightly with a lint-free cloth, such as a microfiber towel or Sontara wipes.

3) Once a month or as needed: Wax the car and your wheels. If your car is garaged, never parked in direct sun and rarely driven in the rain, you may find that your wax job lasts longer than a month. If your car is in the sun constantly, driven in harsh conditions, etc., you may need to wax more often. How do you know when you need to wax? When you wash your car, watch how the water behaves when you rinse. If you see tall, round beads of water, the protection is good. Oval flat beads indicate the wax is losing its effectiveness. A sheet of water indicates virtually no protection. Is it possible to over-wax? Yes, but only if you go to extremes and wax more often than once a week. If you go two weeks or longer between waxings, buildup should not be an issue.

4) After six months: Cleanse the paint again. Using the clay bar at this point is optional, depending on the condition of the paint.

5) Once a year: Perform the first six steps outlined in this newsletter. You are certainly welcome to do these six steps twice a year – it won’t hurt your BMW or MINI one bit. Follow this simple schedule and you’ll keep your BMW or MINI looking like a concours winner all year long.

California Car Duster:

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Sonax Microfiber Ultrafine Towels, 3-pack:


Sonax Polishing Cloths, 15-Pack:

Zymol Field Glaze:

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Sontara SPS Cloths:

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Microfiber Car Care Kit:

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BMW and MINI Special Detailing Edition: Seven Steps To A Beautiful Bimmer or Magnificent MINI – Step 6: Detail Wheels And Tires

Jun 30 14

Special Detailing Edition: Seven Steps To A Beautiful Bimmer or Magnificent MINI – Step 6: Detail Wheels And Tires

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Step 6:
Detailing the Wheels and Tires

 

At this point, you should have already cleaned and dried the wheels and tires in Step 1. Now is the time to detail them.

1) Most BMW alloy wheels are painted silver. The first thing you want to do is check for scratches and dings in the silver paint and repair them with a Wheel Paint Pen.

NOTE:  If any wheels have had an unhappy run-in with a curb or pothole and has scrapes and/or gouges, you can repair them using our Wheel Repair Kit. (Watch the DIY video at blog.BavAuto.com/go/wheel-repair.)

 

2) Allow any touch-up paint to dry for a few days, then apply a coat of Wheel Wax or Smartwax RimWax. It’s easy to do – simply apply a thin coat with a soft microfiber towel or Sontara detailing cloth. Let dry until it begins to haze, then buff with a clean cloth. The hard, smooth finish this wax creates will shed brake dust more easily than the old clear coat. As a result, future wheel cleaning time will be cut significantly and your wheels should look great for weeks instead of days.

3) After your wheels have been cleaned and waxed, “bring out the bling” by darkening your tires. We offer a number of tire treatments.


 

Forever Black Tire Gel is a pigmented polymer that replaces the faded bronze look of older tires with a rich, black color. And because it is a gel and comes with a pre-shaped applicator, it is easy to apply and control. It doesn’t contain harmful silicone and it lasts longer than other tire blacks.


Zymol Tyre Preserve is a waterless, natural cleaner and conditioner for automotive rubber. Made from shea butter, cocoa butter, tea tree oil and copaiba root, it cleans, penetrates and protects against drying and ultraviolet rays. Just spray it onto a soft, lint-free cloth like Sontara and wipe the tire. For more complete coverage, we like to use a wheel shield, spray the Tyre Preserve directly on the tire and then wipe with a cloth. Be careful not to over-spray – you don’t want the excess to run onto your just-waxed wheels.

SmartWax SmartGel penetrates rubber trim and tires to hydrate and provide lasting protection. Simply wipe on using a pad to restore the look of faded tires, trim, bumpers, seals and stripping, Will not streak, run, or drip. Repels water and detergents and helps keep tire walls hydrated, supple and looking new.

Extreme Black, from the makers of Wheel Wax,  will dress your tires perfectly and in less time. This non-greasy formula protects and conditions rubber. And it won’t sling onto the paint. Makes your tires look as close to new as possible without looking greasy. (Also works great on vinyl and plastic trim.)

Finishing touch: don’t forget to replace those worn wheel emblems! Old, faded or missing emblems can really detract from a wheel’s appearance. Now that yours are all clean and shiny, add the finishing touch – get some new emblems. It’ll make a huge difference.

Wheel cleaning no-nos:
Never use abrasives or polishing compounds on alloy wheels.
Never steam-clean wheels. Steam can ruin the clear coat finish on your wheels.
Never clean wheels that are hot. Wait until they cool. Cleaning wheels while they are hot can cause soap/cleaners to leave spots or a film on your wheels.
Use automatic car washes with caution. Some car washes use acid cleaners and/or harsh, stiff brushes. Both could harm your wheels’ finish. Ask the car wash people before you drive in.

Touch Up Paint Pen – For Original Equipment Silver Wheels:

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Wheel Repair Kit:

Forever Black Tire Gel:

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Zymol Tyre Preserve:

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Wheel Wax:

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SmartWax Rimwax:

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Extreme Black:

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Wheel Emblem:

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BMW and MINI Special Detailing Edition: Seven Steps To A Beautiful Bimmer or Magnificent MINI – Step 5: Detail The Trim

Jun 30 14

Special Detailing Edition: Seven Steps To A Beautiful Bimmer or Magnificent MINI – Step 5: Detail The Trim

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Step 5:

Detailing the trim

 

Now that the paint is glistening, the rest of your car can look pretty shabby by comparison – dull metal trim, sandblasted headlight covers, faded rubber mouldings… Fortunately, we have the solutions:

Autosol Metal Polish from Germany. It cleans, polishes and protects any metal surface including chrome and stainless steel. Just apply thinly and polish with a soft  microfiber or Sontara detailing cloth. What could be easier!

Aluminum Trim Restoration Kit. Use this kit to restore the shines to dull, oxidized aluminum trim.  A step-by-step guide can be found in the Summer 2006 issue of Fast Times at www.BavAuto.com/newsletter.

 

DiamondClear plastic headlight restoration kits. These kits include a special restoration compound plus applicators and buffers that work with your power drill to give yellowed, pitted, plastic headlight covers a “like new” appearance. (Watch the DIY video at blog.BavAuto.com/go/lens-restore.)

DuPont™ Sontara® detailing cloths. Sontara cloths are engineered for superior wiping performance. They are used around the world in key industries like aviation, automotive refinishing, food service, life sciences and printing, plus a variety of maintenance and manufacturing applications. Made using a unique technology, Sontara is highly absorbent, low-linting, exceptionally strong, and solvent-resistant. It contains no silicone, chemical additives or binders. As a result it lets you apply and/or buff treatments or waxes without leaving behind a trail of lint or streaks. We like them for final buffings as well as removing bits of wax from grills, mouldings, model numbers, etc. Each box contains 275 sheets – enough to get you through dozens of waxings and detailings.


Restoration kit for rocker panels on 3 series 92, 93. This restoration kit gives new life to old rocker panels. It is not a silicone cover-up that washes off in a couple of weeks, but high-pigment, brush-on, water-based polymer. It’s easy to use and the results are dramatic. The included DVD shows you what to do, step by step. (Basically, clean ‘em, coat ‘em, then step back and admire your handiwork.)

Forever Black. For reviving that faded black trim on your car, nothing beats Forever Black. Just like the restoration kit above, Forever Black is not a silicone dressing that washes off after a couple of rainstorms; it is a dye that permanently recolors and protects black plastic, vinyl and rubber surfaces on your car. You can use it on molding, bumpers, fender trim (are you listening, MINI owners?), mud flaps, door handles and more. Watch and see just how easy this stuff is to use:

Note: do not apply Forever Black in direct sunlight.
Mix 4 oz of the Cleaner concentrate with a gallon of warm water. Use a sponge to wipe the solution on the area to be treated – it removes dirt, grease and silicone. Dry with a clean towel.
Shake the bottle of reconditioner. If you wish, you can tape off any painted areas that may be affected. Use low-tack painters tape so you don’t mar your new wax job. Press the applicator on the area to be treated. This will release the fluid. Apply evenly over the entire surface. It will dry in 15-20 minutes. (If any reconditioner gets on paint, clean with a wet cloth before it dries.) Apply a second coat if needed. That’s it. You’re done. Your Bimmer or MINI will look years younger… and will continue to for months to come.

Helpful hint: One area that is often overlooked when detailing a car are the rubber gaskets around the doors, trunk, sunroof, etc.. Because they are not seen, people often forget that they need maintenance, too. Otherwise they will dry out and crack, allowing wind, sound and moisture into places you don’t want them. We recommend applying a coating of Autosol’s Gummi Pflege to all gaskets twice a year. It’s a simple and inexpensive treatment that will keep the gaskets moist and flexible for years, potentially saving you hundred of dollars in replacement costs down the road. (It also helps prevent doors from freezing shut.)

Autosol Metal Polish:

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Diamond Clear Plastic Refinishing Kit:

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Sontara SPS Cloths:

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Rocker Panel Treatment:

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Forever Black – Bumper & Trim Cleaner & Reconditioner Kit:

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