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Houston05
10-03-2006, 11:40 AM
Hey guys I get my 328 in november, I have never owned a nice car such as this this is my first bmw, I would like to keep it in showroom condition and inside and outside, however I read all this about waxing and details and when you wx the amount of pressure you put on with clay so and so, and I doubt i can pull all of that off with out messing up which i dont want to do with my new car, any tips for easy maintainance or places to go in houston, tx? thanks guys send me a pm

laidback
10-03-2006, 06:57 PM
Try Zaino products...and congrats on the new car:thumbup:

LDV330i
10-03-2006, 07:15 PM
Always wash and wax your car yourself. :thumbup:

Boxboss
10-03-2006, 07:20 PM
If you follow the simple instructions and recommendations on this forum, you can't mess up your car. In fact, you are much less likely to mess it up than someone else.

laidback
10-03-2006, 10:21 PM
+1



If you follow the simple instructions and recommendations on this forum, you can't mess up your car. In fact, you are much less likely to mess it up than someone else.

dboy11
10-04-2006, 07:59 AM
Hey guys I get my 328 in november, I have never owned a nice car such as this this is my first bmw, I would like to keep it in showroom condition and inside and outside, however I read all this about waxing and details and when you wx the amount of pressure you put on with clay so and so, and I doubt i can pull all of that off with out messing up which i dont want to do with my new car, any tips for easy maintainance or places to go in houston, tx? thanks guys send me a pm

Congrats on the car, you will never be the same about driving.

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TOGWT
10-04-2006, 12:19 PM
New vehicle, Initial Care:
Most people believe that a new car needs little if any care for the first week or so, not true. Most new vehicles leave the factory, they sit in dirt parking lots, they are transported by trains, trucks, or ships, and then they are generally subjected to the removal of transit plastic protection wrap and usually harsh washing conditions once they arrive at the car dealership.

Even new cars that have been setting on a car dealerships lot for a few weeks can accumulate surface contamination; don't assume a vehicle that looks good is contamination free Acid rain, road salt; tree sap and airborne contaminants are very detrimental to a vehicles paint film surface. Brake dust or rail dust are very small, almost microscopic particles of steel, iron or their alloys. These particles carry a negative charge while the vehicles they land on are carrying a positive charge. The vehicle surface becomes a magnet, attracting and bonding the ferrous metal particles to the vehicle surface.

1. RapGard (Plastic Transit Film):
Many manufacturers are using this white plastic covering in place of synthetic or wax based shipping coatings. Plastic becomes brittle with age (90 to 180 days) and becomes difficult to remove as it "shreds" while being pulled off, additionally there maybe excess adhesive residue left on the surface.

Spray Valugard’s New Car Prep onto the Rapgard, allow to dwell for three or four minutes. Remove NCP residue with a 100% cotton towel (DFTowel) The Rapguard should now gently peel off, pull away from body at a 45 degree angle using an even pressure, you may find that it shreds. Spray the uncovered paint surface with New Car Prep to remove any adhesive residue htpp://www.autoint.com

Wash vehicle with a car wash concentrate diluted 1 oz. per gallon of water any remove any ‘solid’ adhesive residue with detailers clay. The product they use is either Cosmoline or a blend of paraffin and a synthetic wax, but its mainly paraffin that is used to protect new cars during shipment. They are sprayed on most engine and exterior finishes to provide a barrier to the elements. (zymöl Strik™ Cosmoline Remover and Engine Cleaner ) will remove it- ( http://fp.zymol.com/strik2.htm) or AutoBody Prep ((http://www.autoint.com)

2. Cleaning Tyres:
•Rinse thoroughly with a fairly strong stream of clean water to remove any loose road dirt etc., from tyre’s and wheel wells.
•Clean tyres with a rubber cleaner (3M Tire & Wheel Cleaner -39036) or a citrus-based APC (P21S Total Auto Wash)
•Use a water-based polymer tyre dressing (Zaino Z-16 Perfect Tire Gloss™)
•Apply a (UVR) protection to the tyres.

3. Detailers Clay:
Even new cars that have been setting on a car dealerships lot for a few weeks can accumulate surface contamination; don't assume a vehicle that looks good is contamination free
•Divide the Detailer's Clay into equal pieces and knead into a ball to ensure pliability
•Take one of the pieces and flatten it out into a circle, approximately enough that it will fit into two or three fingers
•Spray a 2-foot by 2-foot surface with a lubricating solution (WooliteTM or Dreft™ / Water 5:1), ensure that the surface being clayed is always wet
•Glide the Clay across the area in a front to back in a straight-line aquaplaning type motion
•Use long strokes without lifting the clay from the surface
•Use a light to medium even pressure until the surface becomes smooth and silent.
•If the Clay is streaking on the paint, you need more to apply more lubricating solution, it is better to over lubricate the paint film surface than let it dry-out

4. Vinyl and hard plastic surfaces:
•Apply any dressings very sparingly as these surfaces don’t allow the dressings to penetrate very well
•Use a suitable matte type dressing (Iz Cockpit Premium) to ensure that there is no reflection on the windshield, reducing visibility.
•Apply a UVR protection (303 Space Protectant) especially to the dash and any other surface that is subjected to sunlight on a regular basis.

5. Surface Protection:
Regularly applied wax and/or a polymer sealant will both protect the paint surface from surface contamination that collects on a painted finish which includes, Industrial fallout (IFO), Rail Dust, Acid Rain, Hard Water Spots, Tar, Bird Droppings, Waxes/Silicones, Oxidation, Adhesive Residue, Road Grime Rust Stains.

6. Car Cover:
The greatest treats to the preservation of your vehicle are; Airborne Contaminants, Industrial Fallout (this includes Acid Rain) Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) Oxidation, Bird Excrement and Brake Dust, wind blown debris and pollution.

Protect your investment with a car cover, outdoors, car covers offer unequalled protection against ultra-violet radiation (UVR) they are water resistant and provide protection from acid rain, pollution, bird excrement, tree sap and wind blown debris.

BrAdam's
10-05-2006, 07:43 AM
Congrats on your recent purchase of a BMW. Welcome to the family:thumbup:

I way to keep your Bimmer looking new is using premium car care products such as Adam's Polishes. www.adamspolishes.com

They are easy to use, designed to all work together, and are 110% guaranteed to work!! What other company (Meguiars, Zanio, Mothers) offers that kind of assurance in their products. Also, customer service is number 1. They have claybars, polishes, wax, PC polishers, everything to detail inside and out and achieve incredable results.

Check out the website, they also have streaming video of how all the products work.

If you have any more questions please feel free to email or call me.

Thanks

-Brad