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Old 09-12-2020, 10:00 PM   #1
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BMW 130i Carbon Black. Previous Owners Products.

Hey guys...
So I've taken ownership of a fabulous 130i LE, carbon black.
The finish is great and the previous owner took great care of the paintwork..



He used:
Meguairs Ultimate Compound cleaner
Meguairs Ultimate polish
Meguairs Ultimate liquid wax
And kept it extra protected with Meguairs hybrid ceramic spray on wax.
It looks great and with his 2 bucket washes, shows only minimal 'wear'.

My question is this:
On my other cars I use Dodo Juice Rainforest Rub carnuba wax with a mixture of other products to polish first, mostly Dodo Juice .
If I use the Dodo, do I have to apply something to strip off the previous Meguairs wax and ceramic spray and start again with my own products.?
Is it wise/recommended to continue with his product choice.?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 10-12-2020, 05:55 AM   #2
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Hi mate what a good looking car, you can use whatever products you are comfortable with, definitely wise to strip and start with your own products so they don't interfere with each other though, gives you a chance to maybe start afresh and give it a mild polish
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:44 AM   #3
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Lovely looking car mate.

Like BrummyPete said, its probably wise to strip off the existing products before applying your own products.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:58 AM   #4
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Very nice - enjoy your new motor and nice to hear about one that’s been looked after and you’ve been told about it - obviously the car meant something to the previous owner...
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies and comments about the car...
It sure is a beauty. Number 35 out of 160 produced.
This is my 2nd 130i, they are excellent cars, previous owned by me for 11 years.

OK, so I need to remove the previous wax and ceramic spray, thanks for the pointers.
What would do that, and an easy method I can perform outdoors?
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Old 08-01-2021, 01:09 PM   #6
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies and comments about the car...
It sure is a beauty. Number 35 out of 160 produced.
This is my 2nd 130i, they are excellent cars, previous owned by me for 11 years.

OK, so I need to remove the previous wax and ceramic spray, thanks for the pointers.
What would do that, and an easy method I can perform outdoors?
I would try something like Garage Therapy Decon Shampoo to clear off the old stuff. Also, do some YouTubing for durability tests - its really going to be the Ceramic Spray that is a PITA to shift - might need to be abraded off. I'm not sure if something like Lime Prime would do it (you said you're a Dodo guy ) or you need a finishing polish on a DA.

What are your plans? If you are going to correct it then that will remove the coating. If you're happy with the condition (and I know this is sacrilege as we all want to do it ourselves to make sure its proper) why not wait until the underlying Meguiars product has failed - its ******* cold out at the moment, the car looks good and is protected - wait a few months for it to warm up, enjoy the car as is for now and get stuck in when the coating is on the way out and you can enjoy the process a bit more.
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Old 09-01-2021, 08:33 PM   #7
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Thanks.. My plans...? Good question.

I needs a full polish if I was being picky about its condition.
But to 95% owners it would look just fine.

Theres a few spot areas with few singular scratches into the clear coat that I need to address.

Other than those, I'm more than happy for the previous protection to wear off before I tackle the panels as whole areas.

I'm trying my very best to NOT wash it, as I'm paranoid about adding any swirls to the glorious Carbon Black.
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Personally, I would just wait - as hard as that will be - you're going to give yourself more work in the long run. Plus the before and afters on the correction will be better. I love seeing a filthy car (even if its good underneath) turned into better than factory over a weekend!

I did a very basic touchless wash on the wifes 120d (Valencia Orange) at the weekend. Is it perfect? Not one bit - did it make me feel better getting some of the salt off the wheels and out of the arches? Absolutely.

I just stuck some Surfex at 1:20 in a pump sprayer, took it down to the local petrol station, parked up for a bit to let the car cool, coated the wheels and lower panels in the solution, waited a few mins and blasted off. No risk of swirls, lower risk of corrosion and cured my itch for a couple of weeks,
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