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Forum: The Detail Department 09-24-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,047
Posted By chet31
It's a good solid sealant. All the modern...

It's a good solid sealant. All the modern sealants are amazing, easy to use and last 3-6 months.
Forum: The Detail Department 09-22-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 289
Posted By chet31
I've never used it, but I see a lot of comments...

I've never used it, but I see a lot of comments from people who like it.
Forum: The Detail Department 09-10-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By chet31
CarPro Spotless is worth a try, otherwise it...

CarPro Spotless is worth a try, otherwise it might need a fine abrasive polish (finishing polish).
Forum: The Detail Department 09-10-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 598
Posted By chet31
^ Maniz is correct. How often you can polish...

^ Maniz is correct. How often you can polish depends on how much clear coat you remove each time you polish. If you do a "fine polish" and just shine up the clear coat, you are not removing much...
Forum: The Detail Department 08-04-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 743
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, 07:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
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, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,210
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, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 550
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, 07:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
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, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
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, 09:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,702
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, 09:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 839
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, 09:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,391
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, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
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, 07:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,391
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, 11:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,210
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, 11:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,017
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, 10:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,048
Posted By chet31
Indy.

Indy.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-22-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,048
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, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By chet31
Well done!

Well done!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-17-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,048
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) 06-17-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 577
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) 06-17-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
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, 11:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 672
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, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 672
Posted By chet31
$1,500/yr is a rough estimate.

$1,500/yr is a rough estimate.
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