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  1. Washed exterior of my 630i first time, took ages, poor job :-( 
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    Hi everyone

    Thought I'd wash my 630i 2008 which I bought recently from BMW. Took ages to wash and at the end I couldn't even dry it properly. So many water streaks on bonnet.

    Feeling really demotivated. But I really want to clean the car myself and not let a hand car wash scratch it.

    I used the BMW shampoo, the cellulose sponge they gave, and the chamois to dry it. But there was too much water on the bonnet.

    Any tips and motivation from all my friends on here would be much appreciated :-)
     
     

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    First off, i would bin the BMW stuff...

    Wont cost the earth to get what you need for a swirl free wash tbh. First off you need 2 buckets (yes you can use 1 if technique is right but lets assume its not for added safety) with a grit guard in the rinse bucket. A sheepskin or microfibre wash mitt, and a couple of large fluffy microfibre drying towels.
    Shampoo wise you can use anything to be honest as long as its meant for the car (so no washing up liquid!).
    If you're having trouble drying it then possibly a rinse aid might help. Few options here, demon shine from asda is ok, dilute in a bucket then pour over with a jug, final rinse with an open ended hose and then chase any remaining water with the towels. Curious is also a good product from Autobrite but not sure if its on the shelves yet. This is diluted through a foam lance, or if you dont have one im sure a garden sprayer could work.

    Have a look at the Autobrite section on here mate, they will give you advice and price up what you will need.

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    Meh....
     
     

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    Thanks so much for the replies. I did read that manual but forgot to rinse water off with open ended hose - used the jet sprayer attachment throughout. Also used the rubbish chamois instead of microfibre. Will make a trip to get the right products.


    Thanks again
     
     

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    Good to see another 630i on forum!
    I drive 630i (56 reg) and I wash it around twice a week.
    I'm not sure about colour of your car but.. mine's black (jet black) and what I usually do is

    1. Rinse the whole car off with Jet washer.
    2. Cleans wheels off first by using two bucket method ( have a look at youtube)
    3. I use another set of buckets to do the whole car after wheels (some people use separate wheel cleaner so that they don't need to use shampoo to clean wheels. It works (use non-acid ones) but I personally like to do it by hand so.. I use Meguiars NXT shampoo.
    4. Rinse off the car thoroughly, then use open-pipe hose to rise off from the top of the car, this will give you less water remaining on the body. Easier to dry.
    5. I use Meguiars Microfibre water magnet towel (any towel with microfibre is fine) to dry off. Don't concentrate too hard on a few bits. Go over the car at descent pace and frequently squeeze the water out when you think it's leaving too much of water stain on the body instead of drying it.
    6. I clay the car around once in 2~3months. But I recommend you to do it only when you are going to wax or apply any polishing products.
    7. I use Poor Boy's Black Hole to make the car look watery and clean (hiding swirl marks too).
    8. I also use Poor Boy's Wheel Sealant to protect wheels from brake dust and dirty things. It keeps the wheel clean and it washes off with all the brake dust when I jet wash the wheel. Apply it with Applicator or microfibre towel. Make sure you clean the wheels thoroughly before you apply.
    9. If I don't have enough time to clean car, I usually use Meguiar's Quick Detailer. If car isn't that dirty, detailer should clean off the dust on the car using microfibre towel. It keeps the shine.

    I use Meguiar's products a lot cus I couldn't be bothered to look at all other products and their products seem to be generally good. Guess it all depends on personal preferences.
    But I do recommend you to not use that sponge and BMW stuff (that's more likely to harm your paint)

    Here are some pics after I washed mine.





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    johnky, that 6 is looking sweet in those pics

    Anyway back to topic, as other have said:
    Dont give up, it takes time and the right techniques to clean a car properly (and maybe a few choice products)

    So quickly to give you a good start,
    two bucket wash method
    lambs wool wash mit, maybe megs gold class shampoo
    bilberry wheel cleaner with an old sponge to do by hand
    Open hose and micro-fiber towel to dry
    Maybe top it off with a wax colli 476
     
     

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    Can't really add much else, there's some top advice above!

    I get some of my stuff from valetpro.co.uk, like bilberry wheel cleaner, traffic film remover and the canuba wax shampoo, I also get my large mf's from there too, good value.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloughy View Post
    Can't really add much else, there's some top advice above!

    I get some of my stuff from valetpro.co.uk, like bilberry wheel cleaner, traffic film remover and the canuba wax shampoo, I also get my large mf's from there too, good value.
    I read that as large "milfs"
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloughy View Post
    Can't really add much else, there's some top advice above!

    I get some of my stuff from valetpro.co.uk, like bilberry wheel cleaner, traffic film remover and the canuba wax shampoo, I also get my large mf's from there too, good value.
    Traffic film remover?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe9087 View Post
    I read that as large "milfs"
    milfs are no good for drying your car,
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam1832 View Post
    milfs are no good for drying your car,
    You've obviously not been using the right milf's sam!!
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