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Old 06-05-2007, 08:51 AM
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Just picked up a new-to-me black car -- a sweet 2003 540i Sport -- thanks to Glen E and others for the advice -- it's still covered under CPO.

Car's black and flawless. Would love to keep it that way. My first black car got a little abuse, so this car will have a cover on it when in my garage. For some reason, my 3 kids love to run their hands and other implements of destruction on my cars. This one's not suffering the same fate.

One thing I remember about detailing my last black car was how hard it was to keep all the chalk out of the various body seams. I've gone thru my share of Q-tips, etc., and always open the doors, hood and trunk and wipe the edges -- but I still get some wax yang in places.

The other thing that irks me are those rub strips that are textured. They always seem to hold the wax. Was even contemplating getting the blue masking tape and covering those sections up when waxing.

What do you guys do to keep a black car looking glossy?

As always, appreciate the advice.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:57 AM
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:59 AM
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I have a black 328XI. I just waxed her this weekend with Nu-Finish, the stuff in the orange bottle. It is so easy to apply and remove, and it does a reasonably good job as a glossy wax. I do not have the chalky residue with this product.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:12 AM
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I just did my 2003 black Explorer this past weekend. I used Nufinish scratch remover as a quick compound and turtle wax color magic car polish( in black) as the wax. I know it is mostly a gimmeck to fill scratches and stuff, but the fact that the wax is black you don't get the white caulk marks in the creases you can't get to. And the wax left a great mirror shine. I was very happy with the results.
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mb_24 - 6/5/2007 8:51 AM

What do you guys do to keep a black car looking glossy?
Hand wash 13 times a week and wax, wax, wax.

Ditch the wax you are using, they make waxes that don't leave a chalky residue. Also don't smother the entire panel with wax. Wax the center of the panel and stay 1-2 inches away from all trim and panel edges. While hand buffing with a clean rag you will spread the wax residue out to the panel edges and trim. Wax only one or two panels at a time. Do not wax in the sun or on hot panels, shade is your friend.

My entire 20+ years in the autobody business I have only met three customers that could do a black car justice. And they all scare me with their obsessive compulsive mental disorders...but their cars look sweet.


Ditch the car cover too. If you put it on and take it off 3000 times you will do more damage than good.



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'Spot, it was that thread that got me thinking about the type of wax.

I'm looking for more tips and tricks. Appreciate the heads up, though
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