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Recommended Wax?

Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:55 pm

For my new White/Black 2019 BEV. Should I use any special wax on the I3 or just treat it like any other car? It seemed to have a lot of plastic.
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:01 am

I got a chuckle out of this $53 Zymol product that is specifically being sold for use on all electric cars:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-release ... 45279.html

If BMW is still using carbon fiber roofs in 2019, it may be worth looking for a wax with UV protection to prevent it from being damaged by the sun over time.....
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:56 am

I use Wolfgang Rinse-less wash (using the two-bucket wash method), then treat the roof and hood with a UV blocking detailing spray.

https://www.amazon.com/Wolfgang-Concour ... B017KSJ5ZK

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ULL0ZY/re ... NrPXRydWU=
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:51 pm

For me, one great benefit of the i3's design is that the outer panels are plastic, so can't rust...

I give it an occasional wash, but really do so much less than my previous steel bodied cars required.

However, I do like to keep its wonderful interior clean, and apply BMW's leather care protection every so often.

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Re: Recommended Wax?

Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:22 pm

I give it an occasional wash, but really do so much less than my previous steel bodied cars required.
Me too - but with reports of the clear-coat de-laminating from the carbon fiber roof - and BMW not covering it under warranty - I use some preventative maintenance on that, ie, UV blocking spray
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:59 pm

While the panels are plastic, they still are painted, either with a pigment or clearcoat. A good wax that can protect the paint is called for to maintain it looking good.
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:06 am

Are you sure that the body panels are actually painted? I always assumed that they were molded in the different colors, but maybe I'm wrong.....
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:38 am

Are you sure that the body panels are actually painted? I always assumed that they were molded in the different colors
I have a small stone nick or two and they show black plastic under the paint.
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Re: Recommended Wax?

Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:12 pm

MKH wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:22 pm
I give it an occasional wash, but really do so much less than my previous steel bodied cars required.
Me too - but with reports of the clear-coat de-laminating from the carbon fiber roof - and BMW not covering it under warranty - I use some preventative maintenance on that, ie, UV blocking spray
That's a good ploy, though won't be relevant to my i3 as it's got the sunroof. But I'll watch its aluminium roof panel for any sign of paint damage, it's now nearly 3 years old.

Chris

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Re: Recommended Wax?

Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:36 pm

The plastic body panels are painted and the roof is clear-coated so any quality automotive sealer will work. Polymer sealants last longer than natural waxes like carnuba. Detailing buffs will apply a sealant, wait a week and add a coat of wax (Collonite Insulation wax is good) to add that warm glow only waxes provide.
My 3 year old CPO was well-maintained but the lessee apparently felt the rood didn’t need to be waxed. On dull finishes it is best to use polish before waxing. Start mild and work your way up carefully. The mildest one I use, Meguiar’s Hi Tech Swirl Remover, did the trick and I finished with Wolfgang sealant.

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