There’s nothing quite like the look of the showroom shine on your BMW when you drive it off the lot. After taking it for a few spins though, that shine can fade. Dirt, bird droppings, snow, salt, and other debris build up quickly and wear down the paint. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to maintain your BMW’s sparkle.
Wash It Regularly
The first step to keeping a showroom shine on your BMW is to wash it regularly. Start by hosing down your entire vehicle with water. Next, fill a bucket with clean water and car wash soap, and use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub your car in sections. Rinse the soap off before moving on to the next section, and use a stiff brush to scrub your tires and wheel wells.
Once the car is clean, dry it with a microfiber cloth or chamois to stop water spots from appearing. When drying the rims, be sure you don’t touch the tire or else the microfiber will spread dirt.
Clean the Tires
Clean tires go a long way in giving your BMW have that showroom shine. After washing, get the wet, shiny look by applying tire spray or foam. Allow the spray or foam to sit for a few minutes, and then apply a second layer if necessary. Rubbing it in isn’t always necessary, so check the packaging for further instruction. Some sprays or foams are also best applied prior to washing your car, with a second application afterwards, so always read the directions first.
Have you just purchased a BMW and want to make a few little adjustments, or add something not mentioned in the optional packages? BMW has an expansive accessories store that lets you customize and alter your model in almost every way, from performance to exterior and comfort. Here are a few examples of the ways you can accessorize a modern BMW vehicle.
LED Door Light Projector
This snazzy light attaches to the bottom inside of your vehicle’s doors. As long as they’re open, it shines a light that looks like various designs of your choice, including the BMW logo. The bright circle of light comes in several sizes and easily illuminates the ground if you drop your keys or other items, and it can warn you if you parked next to a puddle.
GoPro Camera Holder
BMW’s M-Series consists of small cars, sedans, and SUVs that are all right at home on the track. That’s why the automaker offers a special camera holder that mounts in either the front or back of any current M-Series vehicle and trim level. The GoPro mounts securely to record your driving from the best angle possible and offers full 360-degree rotation controlled by the driver. Be sure to only use this mount on the track, as it extends out and is not safe or legal in everyday public driving.
Outdoor Car Cover
While this practical addition doesn’t add any style to your BMW, it does help preserve it. Many BMW models come with a three-ply fabric cover fitted just for that vehicle. These washable covers easily catch under the vehicle and have special pockets for mirrors and other extremities. They let air flow through while blocking out rain, dirt, dust, tree sap, pollen, and all sorts of things that are best kept off your paint job.