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Old 05-04-2012, 09:27 PM
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Car Wash Discussion

I did a search on "wash" in the forum, and found only one thread that wasn't very helpful. Kind of surprising more people aren't asking about this. So decided to start a new one.

What is the best way to wash my newborn 2012 5 baby? Is it car wash? If so, what kind of car wash (brushless, brush, hand wash, etc.)? Is it hand wash it myself? If so, what products should I use and how should I do it (which soap, which brush/towel/cloth, ratio of soap to water, how to soap it up, how to dry it, etc.)? Is it one of those do-it-yourself washes where they have the sprays and buckets and wash stalls?
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I did a search on "wash" in the forum, and found only one thread that wasn't very helpful. Kind of surprising more people aren't asking about this. So decided to start a new one.

What is the best way to wash my newborn 2012 5 baby? Is it car wash? If so, what kind of car wash (brushless, brush, hand wash, etc.)? Is it hand wash it myself? If so, what products should I use and how should I do it (which soap, which brush/towel/cloth, ratio of soap to water, how to soap it up, how to dry it, etc.)? Is it one of those do-it-yourself washes where they have the sprays and buckets and wash stalls?
Brillo pad.

Actually there are several threads on this, but you can find a ton of info on this at Autopia.org or Meguiar's forums.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:17 PM
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Go to www.chemicalguys.com They have lots of great tips on washing your new ride. My wifey just bought a 535i. We will never, ever take it to a car wash. Regardless if it's "touchless".
If you want your car's finish to look great for many years. Wash it yourself.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:20 PM
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Brillo pad.

Actually there are several threads on this, but you can find a ton of info on this at Autopia.org or Meguiar's forums.
x2 (excluding the brillo pads LOL)

In a nut shell:

Good quality car wash soap and only use quality microfiber towels/handmit.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:22 PM
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Brillo pad.

Only if you want your BMW to look as nice as this Bentley I just corrected.

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:39 PM
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Use a leaf blower or something similar to blow all the water out of the crevices. This will help tremendously with water drops, and considerably reduce the amount of drying time.
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Try above link for a process. Not endorsing this particular products as they are numerours products/brands.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:11 AM
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As others have noted, there are some detailing threads on this very board, just a few threads down..

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:54 AM
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I did a search on "wash" in the forum, and found only one thread that wasn't very helpful. Kind of surprising more people aren't asking about this. So decided to start a new one.

What is the best way to wash my newborn 2012 5 baby? Is it car wash? If so, what kind of car wash (brushless, brush, hand wash, etc.)? Is it hand wash it myself? If so, what products should I use and how should I do it (which soap, which brush/towel/cloth, ratio of soap to water, how to soap it up, how to dry it, etc.)? Is it one of those do-it-yourself washes where they have the sprays and buckets and wash stalls?
Everything you could ever want to know on how to wash/detail your car...

http://www.autogeek.net/detailingtips.html
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:51 AM
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This is good article on how to properly wash & dry your car.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-P...and-dry-a-car/
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:13 AM
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love autogeek and autopia - just washed and detailed my new Z4 - love the blackfire and ultima "wipe on walk away" products so easy- no buffing -6 months coverage - no swirls...

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Google "two bucket method".

Dunno about the Brillo pad tho.
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Two bucket method is good, but I would recommend one bucket with grit guard and a foam cannon:
1) remove initial surface dirt by going over the car first with a foam cannon (I use Gilbert's foam master), then rinsing with a high pressure spray
2) foam cannon again to apply the foam. Then use a cobra microfiber mitt to gently rub the car and dislodge the remaining dirt. Use a bucket with a grit guard to rinse the mitt. Only need one bucket here since the foam is already on the car.
3) then low pressure rinse the car using sheeting effect to leave behind as little water as possible. This means hose with no attachment.
4) dry remaining drops with a blow dryer and use a soft plush microfiber to catch the remaining droplets.

Note sheeting and blow dryer is only effective if you have a highly hydrophobic coating like Opticoat or CQuartz. Otherwise use the Guzzler towel.

The foam cannon works best with a very foamy car wash liquid. I use Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow foam.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:30 PM
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This is good article on how to properly wash & dry your car.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-P...and-dry-a-car/
Thanks, this really is an excellent article. Do you recommend buying all the supplies from the DI website, or is there another site that has better items or pricing? I searched on amazon, but lots of items don't have reviews so hard to tell if they're good or not.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:38 PM
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Also, any tips/links for cleaning the interior?
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:49 PM
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Two bucket method is good, but I would recommend one bucket with grit guard and a foam cannon:
1) remove initial surface dirt by going over the car first with a foam cannon (I use Gilbert's foam master), then rinsing with a high pressure spray
2) foam cannon again to apply the foam. Then use a cobra microfiber mitt to gently rub the car and dislodge the remaining dirt. Use a bucket with a grit guard to rinse the mitt. Only need one bucket here since the foam is already on the car.
3) then low pressure rinse the car using sheeting effect to leave behind as little water as possible. This means hose with no attachment.
4) dry remaining drops with a blow dryer and use a soft plush microfiber to catch the remaining droplets.

Note sheeting and blow dryer is only effective if you have a highly hydrophobic coating like Opticoat or CQuartz. Otherwise use the Guzzler towel.

The foam cannon works best with a very foamy car wash liquid. I use Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow foam.
In step 1, you foam up the car but don't use the mitt? And then in step 2, you foam it up again but use the mitt?
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:44 AM
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In step 1, you foam up the car but don't use the mitt? And then in step 2, you foam it up again but use the mitt?
That's what I do. It does use more foam, but it reduces the dirt on the car before using the mitt. The dirt is what causes the scratches. The microfiber and the foam should prevent that but having less dirt is also a good thing.
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If you spend any less than 3 hours a week washing your car, you're doing it wrong.
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If you spend more than two hours per week washing your car you'll have scratches and swirls in half a year.
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That's what I do. It does use more foam, but it reduces the dirt on the car before using the mitt. The dirt is what causes the scratches. The microfiber and the foam should prevent that but having less dirt is also a good thing.
Which foam do you use? And where do you get your foam and your gun from?
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Which foam do you use? And where do you get your foam and your gun from?
Already mentioned above: Chemical Guys Honeydew Snowfoam and Gilmour Foam master both from Amazon.

I warn you though - using Snowfoam is more expensive because you use more car wash with a foam gun than with a bucket. This is why most commercial car washes don't bother.
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buy silver or space gray metallic.

bmw's paint is swirl-a-riffic. despite very careful washing and care, my Imperial Blue leaves much to be desired. looks great when clean, but it shows swirls and marks like you can't believe--and it isn't my method (as I've been a prodigy of some high end shops like Detailers Domain and use their high-end stuff).

i have to clay, polish out all imperfections, and seal. Most likely with Menzerna products.

BMW's clear is soft and shows scratches. Even if your car is on the lot a short period of time the jockeys swirl the hell out of the paint. I'll never buy another dark BMW. Silver, Gray, (ugh) Tan. Maybe even white.
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any NYC'ers that wash their own car? If so where? I don't have the luxury of the driveway like you chaps with houses!
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If I need to get grim, dirt off ASAP, I go to the touch less washes
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Thanks, this really is an excellent article. Do you recommend buying all the supplies from the DI website, or is there another site that has better items or pricing? I searched on amazon, but lots of items don't have reviews so hard to tell if they're good or not.
I bought the majority of my stuff from DI, but that's mainly due to the healthy discount I get. I purchased the items they didn't carry from Palm Beach Motor Accessories & Autoality. Make a list of what your looking for and price shop. Obviously, free shipping & no tax is a major plus.
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