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Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 12:36:49 -0400
From: 'nuther Bob <>
Subject: Re: Just bought '95 900S Convertible - how to wash top??

On 21 May 2003 08:54:55 -0700, (bmw540) wrote: >I just got a '95 900S Convertible. It needs a car wash - besides hand >washing, is it safe to take it to a non-touch car wash??? >Thanks! No, no, and no. Not only will the wash abuse potentially damage a very expensive roof, the chemicals they use in an automatic car wash will dry out the fabric and ruin it... and also strip most of the wax from your car at the same time. You should only hand wash a convertible (or any car really) and only rinse the top. Use soap on the top only if you really need it. Apply a treatment like Renuvo Conditioner at least once a year: While we're talking about detailing, you can make that Saab look brand new with a little work. Instead of waxing, I'd recommend you use something like Klasse: with some microfiber applicators: If you have a (non-metallic) red, black, or white 1995, you should polish it first with one of these products: The reason is that these colors were NOT clear coated and they oxidize badly. You need to polish them every year... but they will look brand new when done. A clear coat 1995 no doubt also needs some polishing but it will not be as bad as a straight paint. Pick a more agressive product depending on how oxidized your paint is. In the future, use only an approved car wash/soap. An automatic car wash, dish soap, etc will remove all your hard work. Mcguiers GOld is available locally and is an inexpensive quality product. (And don't wash that top... just rinse!) [Note: I DO NOT make anything from that site, they just have all of the detailing products, advice, and reviews you'd ever need. My 1997 looks brand new because of them. ] Bob

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