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Old 12-10-2016, 03:39 PM   #3381
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Hi George and Greg, I searched this forum for cleaning dirty seat belts with no luck so I thought I would start with you. Do you have preferred solution to cleaning dirty beige seatbelts? I tried with a basic upholstery cleaner and a brush but no love. Any ideas?
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:12 PM   #3382
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What should I use to clean the cinnamon interior, mainly the door panels and arm rests. Could the same be used for the seats?

How about all the black pieces like the dash to help protect from the sun and get it restored to dark black?
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:19 AM   #3383
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Forgive me if this is redundant.

I have water spots on the hood of my '99 M3, etched deep into the clear. Upon first observation, I tried claying and correcting them out. Though their appearance faded (from an 8/10 to say a 4/10), a few of them are stubborn and remain. I will gladly post close-ups if this would be of any help.

This car has likely been cut/polished several times given it's age and number of owners; so I must proceed with caution (as I don't have a depth gauge, either, for reference). What options do I have? Any advice given (also heeding caution) will translate to my testing on inconspicuous areas. Perhaps a depth gauge is the only reliable umpire in this case?


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Old 08-08-2017, 10:28 AM   #3384
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In many cases it requires wetsanding to remove spots that have etched deeply into the finish. Like you mentioned though, most factory clears are pretty thin and it can be risky sanding them. Your safe bet would be to purchase a PTG like the highline available through DI. This way you can see what you really have to work with.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:26 PM   #3385
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In many cases it requires wetsanding to remove spots that have etched deeply into the finish. Like you mentioned though, most factory clears are pretty thin and it can be risky sanding them. Your safe bet would be to purchase a PTG like the highline available through DI. This way you can see what you really have to work with.
Thank you - you wouldn't happen to know / mind sourcing the factory clearcoat spec, MY 99, paint 386? I haven't had any success with my own devices.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:10 AM   #3386
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Thank you - you wouldn't happen to know / mind sourcing the factory clearcoat spec, MY 99, paint 386? I haven't had any success with my own devices.
There really isn't a clearcoat spec for any vehicle. Typically you just take multiple readings and get an average for the vehicle. You can also take a reading in the door jamb possibly to get an idea of thickness in an area that likely was never touched. Probably not what you wanted to hear.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:42 AM   #3387
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I have some cracks in my leather. What is the best product to dye it black? e46 m3 05
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:12 AM   #3388
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Leatherique has some good products and instruction on leather restoration and cleaning.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:10 PM   #3389
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I've tried searching for info on this, but no luck...

I'm looking for info on how to scrub/clean/retreat that fake leather coating on the interior?! (The stuff that coats the radio bezel ash tray, center console etc) Mine is all degraded and peeling off.

Anyone cleaned and resprayed? Help
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:01 AM   #3390
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:31 AM   #3391
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Hi, I have a question regarding my BMW. I left it at a place in Sweden for cleaning, polishing and vax.

I picked up the car 20 days ago and saw that it had some "sun marks", the guy told me that it will disapear after a normal wash. I went to the carwash station and clean it just with water and car-soap, everything is fine.

But this sun marks are still there?

Im sorry for my english, im from Sweden so I hope you guys understand what I mean.
Heres a photo that describes what I See
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:57 AM   #3392
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LOL "sun marks"? that's the worst "clean, polish and wax" I have literally ever seen in my life. Filled with spider webbing, and those appear to be water spots that are left over after a car sits in the hot ass sun with water droplets on it. They're not that easy to get off and you typically have to hand wash the car to make them go away.

Unless it's something worse? Did you drive back there and show them to complain?? this is unacceptable.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:11 AM   #3393
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Thanks trizzuth, I told him about the issue and he says that its my fault. I dont understand how it can be my fault.
I will take the car to another carspa facility. Will never go back to that a??hole.

But first I will try to hand wash like you wrote
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:24 AM   #3394
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I agree with Trizzuth. Those are water spots. Either they didn't buff them out when they detailed your car or they detailed it and let rain or unfiltered water dry on it. It's an unacceptable job.


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Old 06-12-2019, 07:19 AM   #3395
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DEADF15H ok thanks for answer, I feel bad now I will go back and argue today!!!!
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:56 AM   #3396
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DEADF15H ok thanks for answer, I feel bad now I will go back and argue today!!!!
Better yet, clean off a 12 inch square section of paint with a cloth and some damp water or car wash soap, and show them what that area looks like. Should take you no more than 2 minutes tops.
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