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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:38 PM
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Question wash a z4

Just got z4m roadster and little worried about best way to wash...any hints or dont do...thanks
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Old 12-25-2010, 04:35 PM
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1. Sheepskin wash mit.
2. Turtle Wax car wash soap (the green stuff).
3. A plastic or rubber coated spray nozzle for your hose.
4. PLENTY of water as you wash and rinse.
5. Change the soapy water when it starts to get dirty. Soap is much cheaper than paint.

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Old 12-25-2010, 05:06 PM
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You have just opened Pandora's Box. There are as many opinions on washing/cleaning and soaps, mitts, towels, buckets, etc., as there are cars. Mike is correct in his advice. (I use Maguiers soap, he uses Turtle Wax soap) Drying DOES play a big part in either preventing or creating paint swirls. Check out the Detailing Forum section for the best procedures. Good luck!
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:33 AM
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I do not use soap on the soft top during a normal wash. I rinse the top after giving it a brush with a brush that is soft, but, stiffer that a shoe brush. Here in Cali, I treat the top in September and the top is good to go for a year as we do not usually have rain after April. If you use soap on the top, you may need to treat the top twice a year.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:29 AM
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I wash the wheels and tires first with a separate mix of soapy water. If you wash from the top down by the time you finish the wheels, the car dries with water marks. I use the mitt to wash the car. Separate mitt for wheels and a brush as well. I also use Meguiars car soap. It is designed not to eat the wax. I have been thinking of a filter system for the hose to cut down on spotting. I use a shammy to get the bulk of the water off then dry with microfiber towels. They don't leave lint all over the car. Always just wash the microfiber towels by themselves or they will pick up lent from cotton towels, etc. You can buy a pack with a ton of them at Costco for $10. Individually at Target they are $7-8. If you like shiny tires, use Armorall tire gel in the orangish squirt bottle with foam applicator pad. Keeps from getting the spray products all over the paint and rims. Invisible Glass glass cleaner works great. After you dry the outside and doorjambs, etc, use your damp towel to wipe the interior to remove the dust. Dash, door panels, console.
Good luck and enjoy your new ride! Post some pics when you get the chance.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:27 AM
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+1 on the Microfiber towels, but we get ours from Sams Club.
+1 on wash wheels 1st.
+1 on McQuire Products, soap, leather cleaner, wax, wheel and mag cleaner.


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Old 12-27-2010, 09:22 AM
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+1 for all above
I personally like to use adams polishes. And their cleaning system
To each their own tho. Everyone has their favorite type of cleaner or wax or polish. But take a look at their site.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:47 AM
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The Adams undercarriage cleaner, Is perfect for wheel well cleaner. Awesome stuff
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:32 PM
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Generally Amen to all the above...a couple more hints or tips I would add. Try to use a 2 -bucket system...one for washing soapy water with a grid-guard in bottom of the bucket. Check our Grid-guard on Google. The washing soaps listed are all fine. Do not use a dish washing liquid as some are prone to do--it strips off any wax you have. The Mequires is as good as any, it does seem to remove a BIT more wax in tests we have done. But its a fine product.

Hood advice was correct but the companion axiom is that IF you wash it regularly, in a heavier soapy washing solution, it WILL need to be conditioned once dried. Probably the best cleaner and conditioner is the RaggTop brand used by the Hartz manufacturers, but 303 product is good also. The BME dealer has a fine product as well. The ONLY thing I do not like about 303 Protectant is that it is a wet spray, coming out and dropping in wet droplets. I like the aerosol RaggTop as it goes on in neat, not dripping layers--but that me, after years and years [too many some would say] with convertibles. I usually LIGHTLY wash the top, with running water, and a VERY light solution of wash soap just to break up the surface dirt but not disturb the conditioner protection. I also vacuum the top and use a lint roller on it once a week...amazing what it takes up and does not settle INTO the fibers..which in turn makes it easier to wash and keep clean.

Good luck on this...BTW--check out www.autogeek.com for videos on just the things you want...washing, top conditioning, with full instructions etc. Also great services on many fine products...and nope am not a part of the comoany. Just a fine repository of detailing info that can keep you up far too late on the computer, with things your kids can see.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:33 PM
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Sorry in re-reading..the 2 bucket system means, one bucket for soapy water, one for clean rinse. Gotta keep my buckets in right place...
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:19 PM
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thx for all the helpful hints....i guess my main concern is spraying the roof and getting too much water where its not a good place, and just towel dry roof before opening or should you wait x amount of time before opening roof.
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