BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Wash, Wax, Detail, Cosmetic Maintenance & Repairs
 
OneEighty
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      07-02-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
dafunguy
Private
dafunguy's Avatar
2
Rep
94
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 BMW M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Bay Area

iTrader: (0)

Does carbon fiber need waxing?

Do we need to wax carbon fiber parts ... M3 roof, front splitters, rear diffuser, etc?

I would think "No" since wax is only used on painted parts, right?

Thoughts?
__________________
2010 E92 M3 /// Le Mans Blue Metallic /// Silver Novillo Leather /// BMW OEM 19" ZCP Gunmetal Rims /// BMW OEM Carbon Fiber Front Splitters /// BMW OEM Edition Black Chrome Grills /// BMW OEM Edition Black Chrome Gills /// 3D Design Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
1sikbmr
Brigadier General
1sikbmr's Avatar
46
Rep
3,283
Posts

 
Drives: E90 M3 6MT
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York

iTrader: (14)

absolutely! the CF parts have a clear coat on them so treat them like any painted panel of the car.
__________________

E90 ///M3 6MT Atlantis Blue - Fox red #TEAMMODE
ESS VT1-550|Volk TE37|Recaro|STOPTECH|Ohlins R/T|Mode Carbon GT4 Lip|Umnitza V4 |Agency Power/Sosi/ACM Test Pipes|BMW PSW V1|
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
JonnyM3
Lieutenant
JonnyM3's Avatar
14
Rep
570
Posts

 
Drives: Moderately Quick
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York

iTrader: (1)

I tend to. Carbon fiber still has a clear coat on it, would help protect it from yellowing down the road.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #4
tibra1
Banned
No_Country
75
Rep
6,775
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 ZCP M3 - 2007 335i crashd
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NYC

iTrader: (4)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1sikbmr View Post
absolutely! the CF parts have a clear coat on them so treat them like any painted panel of the car.
+1
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
THE TECH
BimmerPost Supporting Vendor
THE TECH's Avatar
United_States
157
Rep
13,121
Posts


 
Drives: BPMsport 2012 E92 M3
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Kansas

iTrader: (45)

Garage List
Send a message via AIM to THE TECH Send a message via Skype™ to THE TECH
Wax is a definite!
__________________
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
DARK_M3
Banned
33
Rep
1,294
Posts

 
Drives: 08 E90, 89 Grand Wagoneer
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: So Cal

iTrader: (3)

I wax every damn thing. Headlights included.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:52 PM   #7
Nine
Banned
29
Rep
1,925
Posts

 
Drives: Not ZCP, FML.
Join Date: May 2010
Location: DC, Miami, NYC

iTrader: (2)

I wax my roof first.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #8
dafunguy
Private
dafunguy's Avatar
2
Rep
94
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 BMW M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Bay Area

iTrader: (0)

Dang, I was trying to get away with being lazy! Guess more work for me.

I've seen people wax everything ... lights, tires, wheels, windows, tail lights, exhaust.

I don't need to go that crazy, right?
__________________
2010 E92 M3 /// Le Mans Blue Metallic /// Silver Novillo Leather /// BMW OEM 19" ZCP Gunmetal Rims /// BMW OEM Carbon Fiber Front Splitters /// BMW OEM Edition Black Chrome Grills /// BMW OEM Edition Black Chrome Gills /// 3D Design Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #9
nineonenine
Second Lieutenant
5
Rep
217
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

We don't know, do you?
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 02:57 PM   #10
gatorfast
Colonel
gatorfast's Avatar
33
Rep
2,676
Posts

 
Drives: MR E90 M3
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SoFla

iTrader: (3)

Quote:
Originally Posted by dafunguy
Dang, I was trying to get away with being lazy! Guess more work for me.

I've seen people wax everything ... lights, tires, wheels, windows, tail lights, exhaust.

I don't need to go that crazy, right?
It's your car, do whatever you want to.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 03:03 PM   #11
tibra1
Banned
No_Country
75
Rep
6,775
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 ZCP M3 - 2007 335i crashd
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NYC

iTrader: (4)

Wax = Protection..

All depends on how well you want your car protected
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #12
dafunguy
Private
dafunguy's Avatar
2
Rep
94
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 BMW M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Bay Area

iTrader: (0)

How about clear bra ... does that need wax?

OK, I'll stop now. Haha. Thanks for the responses.
__________________
2010 E92 M3 /// Le Mans Blue Metallic /// Silver Novillo Leather /// BMW OEM 19" ZCP Gunmetal Rims /// BMW OEM Carbon Fiber Front Splitters /// BMW OEM Edition Black Chrome Grills /// BMW OEM Edition Black Chrome Gills /// 3D Design Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 03:20 PM   #13
Krozi
Colonel
Krozi's Avatar
United_States
49
Rep
2,713
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 E92 ///M3 Alpine White
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: SoFla - Bonita Springs

iTrader: (22)

Of course!
__________________

2008 E92 ///M3 Alpine White//Fox Red//6MT//
Florida Bimmer - Join us on FaceBook!
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 03:48 PM   #14
karussell
Major
United_States
36
Rep
1,393
Posts

 
Drives: 4 wheels
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: GA

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by dafunguy View Post
How about clear bra ... does that need wax?

OK, I'll stop now. Haha. Thanks for the responses.
actually yes it does if you want it to last long and look good. but be careful what wax you use on it. there is a specific wax 3M sells for its paint protection film.
__________________
"It gave you amazing satisfaction, but anyone who says he loved it is either a liar or he wasn't going fast enough." - Jackie Stewart on racing at the Nurburgring
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 03:59 PM   #15
Leonardo629
Major
United_States
13
Rep
1,206
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 M3 Coupe
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Walnut, CA

iTrader: (9)

Forget wax, I use a sealant for my paint and cf
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 04:50 PM   #16
artar
Private
0
Rep
86
Posts

 
Drives: 09 MR E92 M3; 08 SGM 135i Vert
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by dafunguy View Post
Dang, I was trying to get away with being lazy! Guess more work for me.

I've seen people wax everything ... lights, tires, wheels, windows, tail lights, exhaust.

I don't need to go that crazy, right?
Invest in a >good< orbital buffer - eliminates much of the 'hard' work.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 05:12 PM   #17
tibra1
Banned
No_Country
75
Rep
6,775
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 ZCP M3 - 2007 335i crashd
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NYC

iTrader: (4)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leonardo629 View Post
Forget wax, I use a sealant for my paint and cf
Glaze/Sealant - Better lasting protection, less shine

Wax - Less Lasting Protection, more shine

All depends on what you are going for.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 06:00 PM   #18
Z K
Colonel
Z K's Avatar
United_States
26
Rep
2,174
Posts

 
Drives: E90 M3, MK6 GLI
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: San Francisco

iTrader: (3)

Sealants these days are pretty damn good in appearance (shine, gloss etc). Really no need for a natural wax. The same couldn't be said 10 years ago.
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #19
mdosu
Banned
No_Country
119
Rep
8,517
Posts

 
Drives: Double Vanos'd Civic-M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco

iTrader: (6)

as others have said you have to wax it. If you don't over time the clear coat will peel and the CF will discolor and it'll look like this:



Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 07:17 PM   #20
MMME30W
Riff Raff Refugee
MMME30W's Avatar
Germany
10
Rep
625
Posts

 
Drives: Civic
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Tampa

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by dafunguy View Post
Dang, I was trying to get away with being lazy! Guess more work for me.

I've seen people wax everything ... lights, tires, wheels, windows, tail lights, exhaust.

I don't need to go that crazy, right?
Yes, you must.
__________________


Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking... " --J. C. Watts
Appreciate 0
      07-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #21
Alpha///M
Scrappy Coco
Alpha///M's Avatar
United_States
6
Rep
356
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 M3 AW DCT ZCP ESS 625
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Long Island NY

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2012 BMW M3  [0.00]
I wax my cf...

http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/...8752897432.jpg
__________________
Alpha///M
ESS VT2 625- GTS DCT Tune- Full Challenge Exhaust- Mode Carbon- Other Stuff
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:45 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST