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Old 09-10-2013, 05:52 AM
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Car care for a rookie

Hello Guys. I just bought a 535Xi and very excited about it. I have upgraded form a camry to 535Xi. I want to take good care of my car but being a total rookie, I dont know where to start. To put things in right perspective.I don't even know How a car wash is done let alone waxing and stuff...Ya, That Bad!!
Can somebody tell me where I can find DIY car care videos or info. I don't mind paying a little bit for same. Alternately if there is info here on the website;Can somebody direct me.
I have got autobahn( clear bra) and leather care thru my dealer.
Does that alter the way someone takes care of the car.
I really really appreciate your advice and suggestions.
Thank you
Mike
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:23 AM
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Congrats on the new car. Take a look at http://www.detailedimage.com/

They have a "Detailing Guide" and a blog which is helpful.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:03 AM
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This site has The Detail Department and Do-It-Yourself H.Q. Forums.

You might have better luck getting answers to your questions in those forums.

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Old 09-10-2013, 11:44 AM
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Start with this (My order a few weeks ago):

Items Ordered Price
2 of: Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $9.97
1 of: Meguiar's Water Magnet Drying Towel Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $8.55
1 of: Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - 16 oz. Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $19.97
1 of: Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax 15.2oz Liquid Spray Bottle. Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $9.97
1 of: Meguiar's HiTech Applicator Pad - Pack of 2 Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $3.40
1 of: Meguiar's Ultimate Polish - 16 oz. Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $6.97
1 of: Meguiar's Microfiber Wash Mitt Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $6.61
1 of: Meguiar's X4014 Yellow Microfiber Towel, (Pack of 14) Condition: New Sold by: Amazon.com LLC $27.95

I use the quick detailer with the Yellow microfiber towels to dust off the car. Keeps me from having to wash the car as often.

I used the liquid wax - came with a applicator pad and black microfiber pad - This was is super easy to apply and removed. Very nice shine.

I have experimented with the liquid Quik wax. Suppose to use after wash. I would buy again.

I have not used the polish yet. Since the car is new, I did not feel it was necessary to apply at this time.

Wash Mitt - Have not used yet - I have been going to the local self-car wash where you spray down the car yourself and use the soapy brush. I like the idea of the spotless rinse capabilities at the self-wash. So far no hard water deposits on my car yet.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:35 PM
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I have been watching these videos from the //DRIVE CLEAN series.

http://www.ammonyc.com/

The videos are really helpful and his level of detail is boarderline OCD.
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:57 AM
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:20 AM
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Car care for a rookie

Don't use the soapy brush! They are usually loaded with dirt, tar, etc. you will put scratches in your paint.


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Old 09-12-2013, 09:37 AM
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:44 AM
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Car care for a rookie

I am not a fan of Meguiar's anymore although it is a good start. Since you are a complete novice, I would advise you to start with something simpler. First read up on two bucket technique and grit guards. It basically means you wash your car with two buckets and have a grid that prevents your sponges from sticking to the dirt. Use optimum no rinse car wash. More than 50% of pros use that. You can then use a wax or sealant of your choice. Collinite Insulator Wax beads the most. A sealant like Duragloss 105 or even an Optimum Poli-Seal (done by hand) will be a great basic start. The sealants will last longer than Collinite. Then get duragloss aquawax or a quick detailer. Buy good microfiber. But even Target's Vroom line is Ok. Watch out for the tag. If you do this, you'll get 90% of the way and learn how to put on waxes evenly etc. you can then move up to fancier stuff down the line. A porter cable random orbiter would be that. You'll want to practice on an older car first.


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Old 09-12-2013, 11:33 AM
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Don't use the soapy brush! They are usually loaded with dirt, tar, etc. you will put scratches in your paint.


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I consistently worry about that too. Maybe I will just bring my own mit??? Before I start the wash, I always take the brush and lay the brushes down on the ground and then use the sprayer and I try and wash it as best as I can. - Probably still not good enough.

I appreciate your guidance as I will figure out a new plan.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:53 AM
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Don't forget a Porter Cable 7424xp and various buffing pads. It makes everything so easy. Also some Klasse.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:09 PM
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Do some research on the 2 bucket wash. You have to ensure you don't rub grit across the finish. Some even go so far as to do a foam pre wash. I don't go that far, but I am pretty meticulous with my washing method.

The concept is that if you never scratch your vehicle you never have to polish it. I have a very nice flex 3401 polisher with every pad and polish imaginable, but I rarely ever have to break it out because I keep the vehicle scratch free.

I just apply wax every couple months. Real easy to apply and remove using the Flex with some soft pads.

You don't have to go crazy and spend hundreds on "commercial" 2 bucket setups. Just go to home depot or lowes and spend a couple bucks on some buckets. Get a good high quality soap and a really nice micro fiber glove and go for it. Make sure to rinse the glove OFTEN.

Never ever let the glove hit the ground and store in a zip loc when done to further ensure no grit gets on the glove while stored.

Just use common sense and avoid GRIT and rubbing GRIT on your vehicle at all times. That includes when washing or not.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:45 PM
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I've got one of these foamer things that I bought for washing my Corvette. It really does work well, even with the crappy water here in Dallas. I haven't tried it on my new 550i yet, probably this weekend. I think you can find videos of similar foamers in use - I think I've seen a few of them on YouTube.

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/foamaster-foam-gun.html
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:35 PM
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+1 for foam gun.


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Old 09-12-2013, 08:56 PM
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I consistently worry about that too. Maybe I will just bring my own mit??? Before I start the wash, I always take the brush and lay the brushes down on the ground and then use the sprayer and I try and wash it as best as I can. - Probably still not good enough.

I appreciate your guidance as I will figure out a new plan.
Yes, a microfiber mitt is very helpful, especially to get under the bumpers and wheel wells as well as loosening dirt that the sprayer doesn't loosen.
Wash the mitt and microfiber towels after each car wash. A double rinse cycle in the washing machine will help to make sure your mitt and towels are free of soap, which can leave a residue that makes them prone to leaving fine scratches.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:22 AM
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Watch the video in the dpritchett reply. Very informative!

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=704042

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Old 09-13-2013, 07:19 AM
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Auto geek will tell you a lot of information on products and video how to's.
Check into Zainobros.com on line for care products.
Everyone has a favorite car care brand, but after doing this for 35 years, I've found their products to be the best.

More important than anything.....you just spent a lot of $$ for a new car. Change the oil at shorter intervals than they recommend.
I do a new car change at 1000 miles, and then every 3-4,000 thereafter with synthetic.
You'd be surprised when you see the dirt and metal shavings that come out in that oil.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:18 AM
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Auto geek will tell you a lot of information on products and video how to's.
Check into Zainobros.com on line for care products.
Everyone has a favorite car care brand, but after doing this for 35 years, I've found their products to be the best.

More important than anything.....you just spent a lot of $$ for a new car. Change the oil at shorter intervals than they recommend.
I do a new car change at 1000 miles, and then every 3-4,000 thereafter with synthetic.
You'd be surprised when you see the dirt and metal shavings that come out in that oil.
Totally agree with you Zaino is top end and not 2 pricey, i also change my oil every 3-4k miles instead of the recommended 10-15k.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:33 AM
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First and foremost rule: only 'hand wash' your new car! Don't believe the lie about the non-touch or brush less car washes. All of them will leave scratches on your car. Best is to hand wash it yourself. But, if you don't have time and/or facility, then find a hand wash place. Also, there are several websites that offer waterless car wash solution, where you only hand wash and detail your car every six months! Then, use the waterless wash in between.

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Hello Guys. I just bought a 535Xi and very excited about it. I have upgraded form a camry to 535Xi. I want to take good care of my car but being a total rookie, I dont know where to start. To put things in right perspective.I don't even know How a car wash is done let alone waxing and stuff...Ya, That Bad!!
Can somebody tell me where I can find DIY car care videos or info. I don't mind paying a little bit for same. Alternately if there is info here on the website;Can somebody direct me.
I have got autobahn( clear bra) and leather care thru my dealer.
Does that alter the way someone takes care of the car.
I really really appreciate your advice and suggestions.
Thank you
Mike

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