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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:49 PM
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Smile how often should i wax my baby

i am talkin about wax it not polish
do i have to polish it every time before wax it ??
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:27 PM
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i am talkin about wax it not polish
do i have to polish it every time before wax it ??
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You may want to post your question here,
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13

my feeling is as much as your body/arms can tolerate the hard work.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:57 PM
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You need to wash and claybar before waxing. Polishing is only needed if you have a lot of scratches, and would be applied after calybar and before waxing. Wax protection lasts about 3 or 4 months.

Personally I use a one step sealant after claybar which lasts one year and includes a fine polish to remove scratches while sealing. Works great.

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[Personally I use a one step sealant after claybar which lasts one year and includes a fine polish to remove scratches while sealing. Works great.

^^ I can assure you it does not last for one year.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:54 PM
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:16 PM
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I went to a detail place that washed the car, dried it and applied wax without the claybar. What do i loose if i do not do the claybar
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:43 PM
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[Personally I use a one step sealant after claybar which lasts one year and includes a fine polish to remove scratches while sealing. Works great.

^^ I can assure you it does not last for one year.
It does last a year for me too. My car is garaged at home and at work, however.

I use the 3M paint sealant.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:46 PM
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i am talkin about wax it not polish
do i have to polish it every time before wax it ??
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You don't really "have to" wash it or polish it. It's completely your choice.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:35 PM
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You don't really "have to" wash it or polish it. It's completely your choice.
For the best shine & best protection for your car you should wash, claybar w/ quick detailer (was easier than using water), polish & then wax. I normally do mine every six months but my car is garage kept at home & at work & washed almost every weekend & quick detailer if I get bird droppings or whatever on it during the week.
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I went to a detail place that washed the car, dried it and applied wax without the claybar. What do i loose if i do not do the claybar
A much cleaner look around the edges of the body panels - especially near the wheels. Claying will remove any small debris that is embedded in the clear coat on your paint. Tar and industrial fallout are the most common things a clay bar removes.

Overall, claying will make the surface feel much smoother and prepares the surface very well for a polish or sealant. Also, if you happened to miss washing parts of your car with a heavy detergent (like dish soap), if will remove any old wax that is left on the surface.
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It all depends on how picky you are. A generally accepted rule of thumb that I've heard is for garage kept vehicles a good cleaning, polish and wax or sealant is twice a year. Vehicles kept outside, once a quarter.

But the prep is everything. Clean, clay, polish and then wax or seal.
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[Personally I use a one step sealant after claybar which lasts one year and includes a fine polish to remove scratches while sealing. Works great.

^^ I can assure you it does not last for one year.
Care to explain your personal "assurance"?
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i'm going to "clay" my car today!!
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i'm going to "clay" my car today!!
Pay particular attention to the front bumper (insects can be removed with clay) and the panels below the doors (tar spots get there from construction sites or new road paving).

You can also clay your windshield. It smoothens it and prevents wiper "chatter".
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I clayed for the First time in my life about a month ago.

I was ready to wax and the paint was so rough, I felt I'd be scratching the whole car up.

Turns out Claying is the Easiest thing I've EVER done to the car, way easier than waxing.

The reason is, for those who haven't done it yet, you spray some detailer on the car and use the clay over the wet spot and it slides like on ice, no friction. I was thinking it would take half a day, with that little clay bar, over the whole car, but I'd be surprised if it took 30 minutes.

Felt much better about waxing. Actually I use Zanio.

For those who haven't clayed, I'd highly recommend it, it's super easy.
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