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gmb2000
11-04-2004, 04:13 PM
I have a 2001 325i. I have never put any wax on my car. Please tell me what to use for the first time.

Desertnate
11-04-2004, 04:16 PM
As for the wax or polish question the answer is YES.

Now, head over to the detailing forum here and read to your hearts content. There is more info there than you could ever possibly want to know. :)

Good luck :thumbup:

NH-SHICKS
11-04-2004, 04:21 PM
What color is your car, what condition is paint in and how much free time and money do you have?

Based on those anwsers I can try to help you out. I am by no means an expert, but have been detailing for about 15 years, kind of just getting back into it.

here is some info to chew on.

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/how-to.html

and a pic of my freshly Klasse'd 325

http://autopia.org/gallery/data/500/18990photos_365.jpg
http://autopia.org/gallery/data/500/18990photos_369.jpg

Steve

gmb2000
11-04-2004, 07:20 PM
I have a blue 2001 325i. I have never put any wax or polish on it. I want to know after almost three years what should I use first.

Desertnate
11-04-2004, 07:45 PM
You have not touched it in three years? :eek: Oh, my....

I would recommend a good wash with Dawn or Palmolive, just to make sure there isn't any gunk on the paint.

From there I would run a clay bar over it to get all the crud you clear coat has been absorbing over the years and then wash it again in Dawn.

A good polish or Klasse's All In One or one of the Zanio products would be the next step.

Finish it off with a good coat of carnuba wax, Klasse Sealent Glaze, or the final step in the Zaino process.

All of the info on these products, what is good/isn't, and who to apply them can be found here with a little searching.

Good luck :thumbup:

mwette
11-04-2004, 07:49 PM
If you want it to look nice you might want to take it to a paint/body shop and have them detail it. Might cost you $100-$200 but buying clay bar, waxes, polishes, etc may not be much less and you will likely get better results.

Then, if you want to keep it looking nice you might want to wax once in a while. Use a good quality synthetic wax.

Artslinger
11-05-2004, 06:05 AM
Polish is used to minmizie swirls, oxidation, and restores surface gloss. Wax and or sealent protects the surface and can add shine and depth to the paint if applied to a properly prepared surface.

AndDown
11-05-2004, 08:58 PM
There's nothing like standing back and admiring a freshly polished and waxed car - especially if you did it yourself! :D

Alex Baumann
11-06-2004, 01:54 AM
Threads merged.

jonw440
11-06-2004, 01:26 PM
Here are a few products to clean and protect your paint.
Wash Kit (http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?autopia+yc5RwM+kit-perwash.html)
I would start with this wash kit. It will safely clean the paint.
Then I would recommend using clay to remove particles of rail dust, and other air bourne crud embedded IN the paint
1 Stage paint prep kit (http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?autopia+ycR5wM+son-psbase-kit.html)
Then follow up with Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze or a carnuaba wax like P21S.
Here are a few articles to get you going.
How to clay your car (http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?autopia+yc5RwM+inf-clay.html)
How to Polishing your car (http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?autopia+yc5RwM+inf-polishing.html)
Achiveing the Perfect Shine (http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?autopia+yc5RwM+inf-perfect.html)
How to Wax (http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?autopia+yc5RwM+inf-wax.html)