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bu1321
09-22-2004, 08:58 AM
I just purchased a dark green 2001 330i and had a few questions about washing, waxing, etc.
How often should I be waxing it?

What are the benefits of claying it all up?

For a bird dropping that was there when I got the car what is the best way to get that off?

Theres a few scrapes on the rims... anything I can do to make it less noticeable?

What exactly does a microfiber towel do? Can't I just use a regular beach towel or something?

Any help would be greatly appreciated... thanks

TOGWT
09-23-2004, 06:37 AM
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I just purchased a dark green 2001 330i and had a few questions about washing, waxing, etc.

~One mans opinion / observations~

Q: How often should I be waxing it?
A: Carnauba Wax melts at 180oF and evaporates / erodes over time (dependant upon ambient temperatures and climatic conditions) which limits its durability. As a general rule-of-thumb: 50% after 30 days, 75% is gone after 60 days and after 90 days it should be reapplied

Q: What are the benefits of claying it all up?
A: Even new cars that have been setting on the lot for a few weeks can accumulate surface contamination. Don't assume a vehicle that looks good is contamination free Wash, detailer’s clay, pre-wax paint cleaner, polish, sealant and/or wax -a wash concentrate washes away the loose dirt particles from the paint surface, detailer’s clay removes embedded (below surface) pollution, paint cleaners contain a solvent for cleaning imbedded (surface) dirt, tar and road grime; polish will remove surface imperfections (scratches, surface marring) and provide the paint with necessary oils and a polymer and/or wax is used to protect the paint.

Q: For a bird dropping that was there when I got the car what is the best way to get that off?
A: Bird Excrement:(Or insect excrement like Gypsy moth, June bug, etc) contain highly acidic concentrates (uric acid) which if left for any length of time the will cause the clear coat to ‘cloud (a non-transparent area) or etch (a depression in the paint) or glass surfaces, so they should be removed without delay. Birds use gravel to digest their food and grit and sand are some of the major components, so take your time and be careful when removing them, pre-soak contamination with Isopropyl Alcohol (to neutralize the acid) and use detailer's clay and a lubricant to remove any grit etc.

To prevent any possibility of scratching, use a mesh sponge (Autopia Soft Scrub Insect Sponge) and plenty of soapy water for lubrication to remove excrement residue, thoroughly flush with clean water, re-apply surface protection. If the paint film or glass surface has been etched it may require an abrasive polish to level the surface. The sponge can also be used on glass, plastic, clear coat paint, vinyl, chrome and fibreglass

No wax or polymer sealant can provide a permanent shield against acidic bird excrement; they will provide enough of a barrier to enable it to be removed quickly before causing too much damage to the paint film surface.

Q: There are a few scrapes on the rims... anything I can do to make it less noticeable?
A: Covering up 'scars' on wheel rims is almost impossible.
This procedure is for slight damage only; a specialist wheel repair shop (www.wheelcollision.com) should repair serious damage.

·Remove the damaged wheel from vehicle.
·Clean the damaged area with Prepsol and then sand the scratched or damaged area with Norton 3X Sandpaper (p-graded aluminium oxide grain,) 60, 80 or 100 grit sand paper, sand wet or dry with a wooden sanding block.
·Sand the wheels until you've removed the scratches or `kerbing' marks.
·Continue the sanding process using finer and finer grades of paper, 220 or 320 grit and finally with 500-grit paper.
·For small hard to reach places use a Dremel tool and a suitable sanding bitRepainting

Q: What exactly does a microfiber towel do? Can't I just use a regular beach towel or something?
A: Micro fibre is not a fabric, it is a yarn, spun into thread, which is used to weave or knit fabric. The most common micro fibres weave is polyester; called Microfiber and will indeed scratch the surface of your car if you aren't careful. You should, as a rule, avoid any cloth material that is not 100% natural and the cheaper imports from Asia, fabricated from polyester, rayon, nylon, and nylon by-products. Remember also that MF can be man made (i.e. polyester) or natural (i.e. cellulose.)

Q: Can't I just use a regular beach towel or something?
A: Terry towlling may cause surface scratches, if you want to use ‘something’, use a Microfiber towel

~Hope this helps~

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