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
 
BPM Sport
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-11-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
Sedan_Clan
Banned
 
Drives: '14 335i(prev.IB,AW M3's & X5)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: On 2 wheels clipping an apex!

Posts: 10,923
iTrader: (25)

I did a search....

...but couldn't locate a definitive answer to my question.

What do you guys wash your cars with? I'm looking to purchase some car care products that aren't overly expensive, and I am looking for suggestions. I've read the multiple threads about how to clay, wax, etc. the car, but I haven't found anything about basic washing.

Specificially, I'd like some inexpensive soap recommendations as well as washing material recommendations. Microfiber is the obvious drying material of choice.

Thanks in advance guys!
Sedan_Clan is offline   Brazil
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
drZ
bimmer newbie
 
drZ's Avatar
 
Drives: black sapphire e92 July2008
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: ireland

Posts: 888
iTrader: (0)

Send a message via MSN to drZ
hmmm..very specific question for a very variable answer..its all down to personal preference i'd say..some use menzerna's wash,mother's,zymol's etc etc..i specifically use the meguiar's nxt body wash..not too expensive,nice mild fragrance,doesnt wash off wax and easily washes off the body during rinsing..but i'm no expert though..the detailers on this forum will definitely chime in soon..wait for it..
__________________
you get born into the world you get shit..you work yourself up in the world you get more shit, until at one stage you're so high up in the most rarefied atmosphere that you dont even know how shit looks like..welcome to the layercake of life son..
drZ is offline   Ireland
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 04:04 PM   #3
Sedan_Clan
Banned
 
Drives: '14 335i(prev.IB,AW M3's & X5)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: On 2 wheels clipping an apex!

Posts: 10,923
iTrader: (25)

Quote:
Originally Posted by drZ View Post
hmmm..very specific question for a very variable answer..its all down to personal preference i'd say..some use menzerna's wash,mother's,zymol's etc etc..i specifically use the meguiar's nxt body wash..not too expensive,nice mild fragrance,doesnt wash off wax and easily washes off the body during rinsing..but i'm no expert though..the detailers on this forum will definitely chime in soon..wait for it..
I do realize that the responses will vary based on preference, but I'm just looking for some general opinions on products to use. Thanks for the Meguiar's reference.
Sedan_Clan is offline   Brazil
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 05:31 PM   #4
bmstyle71
Captain
 
bmstyle71's Avatar
 
Drives: jet black e92 m3
Join Date: May 2008
Location: tampa florida

Posts: 637
iTrader: (0)

I use zaino Z7. It's like 8 bux 16 fl. ozs. Last week a truck drove into a mud puddle and sprayed my car with mud that dried. I took it to wash it, water only and you could still see the spots. Some Z7 and ran my sponge over it (without pressing, just used sponge's weight) took it right off with no spots. I could see my face on my car in shock lol (jet black). 2 bottle caps per gallon of water and you get suds pouring out of the bucket like crazy. Love it.
bmstyle71 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 05:59 PM   #5
sparkyg
Brigadier General
 
sparkyg's Avatar
 
Drives: EBII 2014 F31 328xi
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Oil Country

Posts: 3,493
iTrader: (5)

I use Meguiars Gold Class soap with a microfiber mitt and a 2 pail system with grit guard

After that a mf to dry and then a leaf blower to take care of the tough spots
sparkyg is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 09:47 PM   #6
Sedan_Clan
Banned
 
Drives: '14 335i(prev.IB,AW M3's & X5)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: On 2 wheels clipping an apex!

Posts: 10,923
iTrader: (25)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sparkyg View Post
I use Meguiars Gold Class soap with a microfiber mitt and a 2 pail system with grit guard

After that a mf to dry and then a leaf blower to take care of the tough spots
Can you please explain your 2 pail system with grit guard?
Sedan_Clan is offline   Brazil
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 09:51 PM   #7
bmstyle71
Captain
 
bmstyle71's Avatar
 
Drives: jet black e92 m3
Join Date: May 2008
Location: tampa florida

Posts: 637
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sedan_Clan View Post
Can you please explain your 2 pail system with grit guard?
Not meaning to steal your question man but what he means is he uses 2 buckets. One bucket you put your washing soap in and fill with water and the other you just fill with clean water. the grit guard is placed in the water only bucket. When you wash, Dip your sponge in the soapy water and wash then wring it and clean it in the water only bucket, wring it, then place it in the soapy water bucket again. That way your soapy water bucket will always stay clean and you wont be reusing dirty water to clean your car over and over. The grit guard keeps small debris at the bottom of the water only bucket so you dont scratch your car. There you have it.
bmstyle71 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 09:56 PM   #8
Zed
Replicant
 
Zed's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 M3 E90 DCT
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Houston, TX

Posts: 199
iTrader: (0)

Chemical guys

I've started using this product from chemical guys:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Car_Wash..._p/cws_107.htm

It works very nice, only takes a capful per gallon, so should last a long time. It enhances the gloss, doesn't take off whats there, suds & washes nice. I'm happy with it thus far.

Technique wise, there are some good videos and instructions around you can find (that is what I used).

I use microfiber wash mitts and the two bucket with grit guard method. Two buckets is where one bucket has your sudsy water, the other just clean water. You dunk the wash mitt in the suds, wash, rinse in the clean water. Using the grit guard at the bottom to help scrape off any particles, etc. Basically so you don't end up swirling around particles against your paint adding swirls.

I have one mit I only use for lower half of the car, and another for the upper. Don't want all the road grime from the lowers being used against the hood. I also usually change the rinse water at least once during.

Drying is also critical, and of course big microfiber is important. Don't wipe, just flop on car and soak up standing water. I then finish with a detailing spray so there are no water spots... results are great on Jerez Black. It sounds elaborate, but it really doesn't take long. I go slow, and I can do it in an hour.
Zed is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2008, 10:11 PM   #9
darkalley
Captain
 
Drives: 2008 DCT SSII, 2006 SMG
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Current F150, 06 S2000, 08 911 c4s

Posts: 607
iTrader: (0)

the groits garage wash is great, p21s is my second choice.
http://www.carcareonline.com/detail....oduct_id=10420

try p21s wax, it is the best stuff out there.
__________________
2008 SSII DCT M3/Peapack/Parsippany NJ
darkalley is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-12-2008, 03:26 AM   #10
Takumi587
M3 Enthusiast
 
Takumi587's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW M3, 330Ci, 528i
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Irvine

Posts: 527
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2002 330Ci  [0.00]
2005 E46 M3  [0.00]
Send a message via AIM to Takumi587
Sheep Skin mitt and P21S Auto wash is all you really need. If you want to go all out then get a foam gun some Poorboys soap and suds, mix it with some P21S dilute both with water and voila you got a concoction that will provide an amazing foamy wash. I also recommend a water filer like the CRSpotless if you want to go all out. Oh and get two buckets with two grit guards! One with the soap and one with just plain water where you can squeeze the dirt off in.

Another mitt good to use are the microfiber ones. Good luck to you in your detailing! Need more help I am only a PM away!
Takumi587 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-12-2008, 09:33 PM   #11
darkalley
Captain
 
Drives: 2008 DCT SSII, 2006 SMG
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Current F150, 06 S2000, 08 911 c4s

Posts: 607
iTrader: (0)

sheep skin mitt is the key isn't it? i use two.
__________________
2008 SSII DCT M3/Peapack/Parsippany NJ
darkalley is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-13-2008, 01:43 PM   #12
DICKER 1
That Dr. DICKER to You
 
DICKER 1's Avatar
 
Drives: 11.5ZCP Coupe'/ /Ducati's
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Warm & Wett Newport Coast

Posts: 144
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2008 m3  [0.00]
I will change from my Microfiber to Sheep Skin

My current setup includes:
2 Buckets
Microfiber mitt(from Target) 1 for the wheels/ 1 for the Body
Quick Detail
Quick Wax
NXT Wash &
Meguiar Deep Crystal wash(btw love the smell)

---Interior---
Lexol

_--Wheels---
Hot Wheels All Wheel Cleaner






What are you guy's opinion on the gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner?
Im need something to make the tires shine, without the messy residue.
Does anyone see anything i should change in my setup?
DICKER 1 is offline   Qatar
0
Reply With Quote
      11-13-2008, 01:51 PM   #13
Sedan_Clan
Banned
 
Drives: '14 335i(prev.IB,AW M3's & X5)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: On 2 wheels clipping an apex!

Posts: 10,923
iTrader: (25)

Thanks for all of the replies guys. I definitely have enough info to begin my detail process. One additional question however........Is sheepskin better (..or worse) than microfiber?
Sedan_Clan is offline   Brazil
0
Reply With Quote
      11-13-2008, 02:59 PM   #14
signes
Brigadier General
 
signes's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 M3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Spinnin at 8k

Posts: 4,178
iTrader: (3)

My favorite is Einszett Glanz shampoo, followed by Poorboys and then P21S. Two buckets, grit guard, etc.

I had been using sheepskin mitts but found the inner liner dries out pretty quickly in my climate and gets very stiff after a month or two - I was constantly having to buy new ones. I have since switched to a microfiber mitt from Griot's and like it so far.
signes is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-13-2008, 03:12 PM   #15
SpencerM3
Sauce
 
SpencerM3's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 SSII E90 M3
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Los Angeles

Posts: 2,026
iTrader: (1)

Chemical Guys is the way to go. Check out this package, I think it is great package for anyone!

https://www.chemicalguys.com/Detaili..._p/spi_151.htm
__________________
2009 E90 M3 | Silverstone II | Black Novillo | HRE P40's | Akrapovic Exhaust | Eibach Pro Kit | Jet Black Kidney Grilles | SSII Side Reflectors | SSII Side Gills | LUX H8 Angel Eyes | Macht Schnell Filter | Tecnocraft Envy Charge Pipe

"M3 drivers have no friends." - Jeremy Clarkson
SpencerM3 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-13-2008, 08:05 PM   #16
Z06_7.0l
New Member
 
Drives: slow truck
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: aggie town

Posts: 24
iTrader: (0)

Give Optimum No Rince(ONR) a try. With the two bucket system it cant be beat!





Z06_7.0l is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
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 09:14 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