Pre season deep cleanse

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rc944
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:38 am

Each year i swap out my 18" classics for some style 44's. i dread the time when i need to revert back because i feel compelled to clean the incoming classics.

as we all know, classics make mv2's a breeze to clean so i wanted to get thoughts on my process

- pressure wash
- bilberry wash
- tardis
- clay bar
- bilberry wash
- fk1000p to all surfaces
- apply gyeon q2

theres still lots of brake dust on them (they were refurbed by lepsons about 5 years ago) so im not massively happy with the result.

aside from a mechanical removal of the brake dust, what else should i do?
Last edited by rc944 on Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Alpina E46 B3s Coupe
E39 525i Sport Touring (again)
Ducati 748R
E39 525i Sport Touring (sold)
E46 330i Sport Touring (sold)
Porsche 964, 968 CS, 944 S2 (sold)
VW Mk4 R32 (sold)
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:50 pm

I use Bilberry juice for every wash of the car but I've found Dragons breath can get rid of most, if not all, stubborn brake dust deposits.
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2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:20 pm

I'm surprised with the method you use you're having problems. Do you leave the wheels dirty for long periods?
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Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:12 am

Sounds like a great regime :dance
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Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:40 am

When you say Bilberry wash is that just a shampoo?

Sounds like you need a dedicated wheel cleaning solution. Also worth using tar and iron remover to get a clean finish.

Also I think ceramic coating needs to go on to bare clean metal and not over anything else including FK1000p, unless I have misunderstood your products

Check out my 2017 cleaning regime in this thread:

https://thealpinaregister.com/phpBB3/vi ... ls#p177468
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Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:44 pm

Bilberry Juice is a PH neutral wheel cleaning product from Valet Pro; it's pretty well regarded. Dragon's Breath is an iron deposit remover, again Valet Pro.

I also have some Autoglym tar remover which gets very, very occasional use for stubborn lumps.
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2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Post edited to add the tardis step i missed
Alpina E46 B3s Coupe
E39 525i Sport Touring (again)
Ducati 748R
E39 525i Sport Touring (sold)
E46 330i Sport Touring (sold)
Porsche 964, 968 CS, 944 S2 (sold)
VW Mk4 R32 (sold)
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