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    Hi all, thought this might interest a few of the e46 owners.

    A friend dropped his 316 compact round last week and asked if I could tidy the interior up for him. "no problem..."

    Here's the story from my day:


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    • 303 aerospace protectant (UV protection for dash/plastics etc)
    • AutoSmart G101 (all purpose cleaner)
    • AutoSmart Bio Brisk (interior/upholstery cleaner)
    • Warm water

    • Lots of microfibre cloths
    • Meguiars triple action detail brush
    • Meguiars Slide-lock brush
    • Various detail brushes
    • VAX 6131 wet ‘n dry hoover
    • Vikan upholstery brush

    Here are a series of before pics.








    Nice soiling on the passenger seat:






    First job was to remove any clutter (..There was none!) and hoover.

    In removing the floor mats though, I had to laugh. Look at the difference in the colour of the dirty and ‘clean’, carpet.




    The mats had seen better days; made for a great turnaround though.




    Ok, so.. Bio-Brisk was applied via spray bottle and the carpet pile was agitated with an upholstery brush. A couple of slow passes with water extraction were made closely followed by several more passes removing the water. A final scrub/dry was given with a MF.

    A 50/50 on the passenger mat.










    And here’s the collected water that was used for the front two mats alone:




    Rear foot-wells were a bit dirty, too.

    Before:



    After:




    Before:



    After:





    Again, a good wipe around was given with a clean microfibre to help remove any remaining residues.


    Moving on to the seats now, a similar process was used as above but, extra care taken making sure the material didn’t get too wet.

    More dirty water collected after the seats were vac’d.



    (..You just don’t realise, do you?)


    After all the ‘wet-work’ was complete, I equipped a few brushes and attacked the dash/centre-console and door cards.

    50/50 attempts..








    The lot was given another quick hoover out (as was the boot area) and the plastics were treated to 303 aerospace protectant.


    Drivers foot-well before and after:






    And a few final afters.















    Spanking!!!!

    Very pleased with the turnaround (especially the carpet work)

    Work time four and a half hours.

    Thanks for reading.

    Jim.
     
     

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    Excellent work Jim, particularly like the detailing on the floor mats

     
     

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    Dammmm how u do DAT AMAZING

    give me some tips please. Where did you get your products from and how long did it take for the seats to dry after you applied the water ? After seeing this i'm willing to do the same to my car
     
     

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    Thanks..

    Thinking about it, I have another BM interior 'detail' I did in June.. an e36 328 cabriolet with a cream interior. Shall I post?

    Geo's Comps, if you're going to tackle it, you're going to need the right kit. My VAX (wet 'n dry extractor) was ~£90 if I remember correctly.. then you've got your little upholstery brushes that I sourced from various places, and, all the product.

    AutoSmart (As seen above..) is a franchise. You should have a rep near you - Google them (can't buy offline - well, there are select places, but, expensive and, you're betting off making the relationship with your local guy)

    As a bare minimal, I'd reccomend a Wet 'n Dry, AutoSmart G101, lots of clean microfibres and a couple of stiff brushes.

    RE the seats drying - after the passes WITH water were made, I followed with several more (slower) passes to remove the most of. A good wipe down with a dry MF helps things further, but, you're never going to leave them 100% dry. An hour (on a nice day) at the least, and, you should have dry seats again.

    Hope this helps?
     
     

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    Wow man you done a good job but i'm defintely looking into doing this however its going to take time as i need to order some more important parts for my beemer but boi wicked if you have more pictures keep posting
     
     

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    the before picks look like the inside of my car! good work!!
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