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Forum: The Detail Department 08-04-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By chet31
Ask around. We have a place in Madison that uses...

Ask around. We have a place in Madison that uses airbrush techniques to do spot repairs. They charge a lot less than conventional auto body shops.
Forum: The Detail Department 08-04-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By chet31
I would say 90% of rims are painted and...

I would say 90% of rims are painted and clear-coated. If you post a picture, we can probably tell.
Forum: The Detail Department 08-04-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By chet31
Yup, you don't need a hose. You can get by with...

Yup, you don't need a hose. You can get by with one 5-gal bucket, two works better. Buy microfibers that are at least 80/20 polyester/polyamide. No more polyester than this. 70/30 is even better....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 370
Posted By chet31
Leaving the old fluid in didn't do you any favors.

Leaving the old fluid in didn't do you any favors.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By chet31
I drive my 330i all winter in Madison WI. Snow...

I drive my 330i all winter in Madison WI. Snow tires are indeed the key. This is not going to be the most reliable car you can buy. By definition, it's going to be at least 8 years old when you...
Forum: The Detail Department 07-27-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By chet31
I've tried a lot of things on the embedded brake...

I've tried a lot of things on the embedded brake dust on my wheels, CarPro Iron-X is the only thing that put a dent in it.
Forum: The Detail Department 07-18-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,097
Posted By chet31
This works well on mild waterspots, haven't tried...

This works well on mild waterspots, haven't tried it on really bad ones.

http://www.autogeek.net/carpro-spotless-water-spot-remover.html
Forum: The Detail Department 07-18-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By chet31
Tried Beyond Glass, it worked fine but I was not...

Tried Beyond Glass, it worked fine but I was not overly impressed. Seemed a whole lot like IG, but more expensive.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-18-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,186
Posted By chet31
I agree, the towels you use are at least as...

I agree, the towels you use are at least as important as the glass cleaning product. And absolutely, no fabric softener, hurts absorbancy of the towel.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-18-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By chet31
Only two winter tires I've tried are Blizzak and...

Only two winter tires I've tried are Blizzak and General Arctic Altimax, both are good. A strategy with the rims, if you like your factory rims, buy a cheap set of rims for winter. If you don't...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-11-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,186
Posted By chet31
Tried the Surf City because of this thread. It...

Tried the Surf City because of this thread. It worked fine, but I was expecting more given the price. For me, the Invisible Glass foam works better and is less expensive. Just my opinion.
Forum: The Detail Department 06-22-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By chet31
I have very hard water and have the same issue. ...

I have very hard water and have the same issue. Options are 1.) Wash your car in sections so you can dry it before the sun does. 2.) Wash at night. 3.) Use a rinseless wash like Optimum No-Rinse...
Forum: The Detail Department 06-22-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 839
Posted By chet31
They scratch your finish - every time you use...

They scratch your finish - every time you use them. If you don't believe me (and you shouldn't), do a search and read what others say about them.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-22-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 947
Posted By chet31
Indy.

Indy.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-22-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 947
Posted By chet31
By this logic, we should we also not do engine...

By this logic, we should we also not do engine oil changes, because we might strip the oil pan bolt. It's really not a difficult process - if you have a lift. BTW, how do you propose we check the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-22-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 299
Posted By chet31
Well done!

Well done!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-16-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 947
Posted By chet31
If I have this straight, these mechanics are...

If I have this straight, these mechanics are saying that changing the tranny fluid at 90K may cause more harm than good versus changing it at 100K? By what logic?

Once BMW admitted their tranny...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-16-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By chet31
There is a flap in the trunk that you can move to...

There is a flap in the trunk that you can move to give yourself more trunk storage space. If it is in the "more space" position, the top will not operate. Read about it in the owner's manual, I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-16-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 299
Posted By chet31
There's a kit you can buy to fix that. Either...

There's a kit you can buy to fix that. Either your spring is bad, or the lock washer that attaches the spring to the pin is bad. Here are part numbers. Hint, detach the pin from the car, attach...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-15-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 607
Posted By chet31
The OP seemed to want a number, so I gave him a...

The OP seemed to want a number, so I gave him a number. It is based on my own post-50,000 mile experience, plus some other threads on the topic. Of course, a lot depends on how lucky (or not) the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-14-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 607
Posted By chet31
$1,500/yr is a rough estimate.

$1,500/yr is a rough estimate.
Forum: The Detail Department 05-13-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,649
Posted By chet31
I realize you can only eliminate orange peel by...

I realize you can only eliminate orange peel by wetsanding, or the CarPro denim pads seem to work pretty well. However, my thought was that on the horizontal surfaces, the Opti-Coat would accumulate...
Forum: The Detail Department 05-12-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,649
Posted By chet31
Question - did your original finish have orange...

Question - did your original finish have orange peel? I'm wondering if Opti-Coat diminishes the orange-peel effect, thus making the finish reflect better, i.e. look shiner.
Forum: The Detail Department 05-12-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,736
Posted By chet31
^ There is no downside. The ONR w/ wax product...

^ There is no downside. The ONR w/ wax product is excellent. I don't know how long the ONRWW product beads water, since I use it every time I wash my car. It certainly lasts until the next time I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 249
Posted By chet31
^ RaggTopp is good and 303 is good. First you...

^ RaggTopp is good and 303 is good. First you clean the top, let it dry, then hit it with protectant. It's easier to use paint brushes to do both the cleaning step and the protectant application...
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