Professional Exterior and Interior Treatments


#1

Dear Readers,

Do you recommend that I take my new 5-series BMW to a professional to apply protection products to the exterior and leather interior, or is the car sufficiently protected by the mfg processes?

Thanks!


#2

The car is sufficiently protected by the mfg process.

Those things are a waste of money.

A “professional” who will apply these products? That’s pretty funny.

You’re talking about car wax and leather treatment, or, as it used to be called, saddle soap. It doesn’t take a professional to apply either one.


#3

The car is sufficiently protected by the mfg process.

Those things are a waste of money.

Oh, wait. Did McP say that already? Well, you can take his word for it.


#4

You can do the same “protection” as the dealer will do - for a lot less.

Get yourself a good wax and a few cans of Scotch-Guard fabric protector. For less than $30 and a few hours of elbow grease, you can duplicate what the dealer will charge you $$$$ for.

Of course, you can expect the dealer to deny it’s the same protection.


#5

I dunno about Scotchgard Tm on leather but wait a couple months and put a good wax on it or have it done, then every 6 months or so do the leather cleaning and conditioner and it’ll be fine. Main thing on leather is not to let it dry out so it cracks.


#6

Bing:
Good catch! I missed the “leather” in the OP’s initial post. Thanks for catching that.


#7

Is the car carpet (venetian beige interior) “scotch-guarded” by the mfg? The carpets will get dirty easily. Any recommendations how to keep them clean? I was thinking about the mats offered by WeatherTech that advertises in all the car magazines.


#8

I use the WeatherTech mats, I’m happy with them. Just make sure you anchor them correctly and don’t stack them on the factory mats, you don’t want a stuck throttle.


#9

For your seats, get Leatherique cleaner. It’s a little pricey, but it’s the best. You don’t need the 2 step stuff - that’s just for old leather that hasn’t been maintained properly.

Rub it on yourself with a soft terry cloth every 6 months or so and call it good. No need to pay a pro to do it.


#10

The “Professional” is the high-school dropout who took the 20 minute on-line video course for his “Professional” certificate.


#11

In most cases, that is true, Mike.
Somehow, mastering the art (sarcasm intentional) of polishing a car doesn’t quite fit my definition of “professional”.