2010 2011 BMW 5 Series Forum F10
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
 

2010 2011 BMW 5 Series Forum F10 F10 Technical Topics Wash, Wax, Detailing and Cosmetic protection/repairs Center console scratches
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      04-23-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
top6491
MSGT USMC (Ret)
 
Drives: 2012 F10 535i M-Sport
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Diego

Posts: 149
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2012 BMW 535i  [0.00]
Center console scratches

Anyone successful in removing or lessening scratches in the top coat on the new center console? I have a few that drive me nuts, especially the car is only 2 weeks old. Thanks...
top6491 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
darrko
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2012 F10 520d
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: K

Posts: 398
iTrader: (1)

I got the car yesterday and I already see some scratches even on areas I probably haven't even touched yet! There's got to be a better way.
__________________

darrko is offline   No_Country
0
Reply With Quote
      04-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
top6491
MSGT USMC (Ret)
 
Drives: 2012 F10 535i M-Sport
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Diego

Posts: 149
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2012 BMW 535i  [0.00]
I agree. If I had noticed right away I would have made them repalce the console. I'd let them know about your situation. For trhe rest of us, we need a repair solution.
top6491 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-19-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
mroll320
Private First Class
 
Drives: 530d
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: uk

Posts: 120
iTrader: (0)

maybe get them wrapped in something interesting if your fancying a change? would protect for resale...
mroll320 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-29-2012, 11:12 AM   #5
top6491
MSGT USMC (Ret)
 
Drives: 2012 F10 535i M-Sport
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Diego

Posts: 149
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2012 BMW 535i  [0.00]
maybe...
top6491 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2012, 12:47 PM   #6
stealth.pilot
Brigadier General
 
stealth.pilot's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 M5 Individual
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: South East USA

Posts: 4,347
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by top6491 View Post
Anyone successful in removing or lessening scratches in the top coat on the new center console? I have a few that drive me nuts, especially the car is only 2 weeks old. Thanks...
It's very difficult to remove scratches. This is why I am glad that in the M5 they use matte black leather on the center console instead of wood trim.

Anyway, the key here is to do the following:
1) Polish with Cobra Microfiber Gloves and Swissvax cleaner fluid strong (or any other scratch remover like Meguiar's Plastx). This will polish out the scratches but dull the gloss a bit.
2) Polish again with the Microfiber gloves and Swissvax Cleaner Fluid mild (adds gloss back again, and also fills the lighter scratches if there are some left).
3) Finish with Swissvax wood wax which provides some protection and even more gloss for a like new finish.

Then to keep it mint, don't let anyone else clean the trim, just do it yourself. I use a fluffy microfiber cloth and Optimum Instant Detailer Spray which is designed to prevent the dust scratching the wood while you clean it.
__________________
2014 ///M5 Individual Frozen Grey, Silverstone Full Merino, Piano Black, Exec Pkg, Drivers assistance plus, LED Pkg, Bang and Olufsen, 20" 343M Forged Alloy Wheels
Countermeasures: Bel StiR+, Laser Interceptor Quad HP, Zaon MRX
Upgrades: Eisenmann Sport with M Performance tips, Dinan anti-roll bars
stealth.pilot is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      07-05-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
Topdwnz
New Member
 
Topdwnz's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 535i M Sport Titanium
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Leesburg

Posts: 11
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by top6491 View Post
Anyone successful in removing or lessening scratches in the top coat on the new center console? I have a few that drive me nuts, especially the car is only 2 weeks old. Thanks...
There are probably several ways to remove scratches. At the end of the day, it's not much different than removing scratches or swirls from your paint/clear coat. I happen to use Adams car care products, but any similar products would work fine.

1. Use Adams Fine Machine Polish (or any fine polish) on an applicator or microfiber towel and go over the scratch. Keep in mind the dash is protected with a clear coat just like your exterior paint. I emphasize starting with a FINE machine polish as its less aggressively. You could use a medium grade polish if the scratches are really bad.
2. After working the polish in, wipe if off to check how much of the scratch has been removed. You may have to repeat the process again.
3. Once the scratch has been minimized, use something like P21S Paint Cleanse or Adams Revive Polish over the same area to clean off the polish fully. This will also leave the surface very clean. in fact, one of these products might even remove the scratches without using a fine machine polish. Give that a try first.
4. Use you favorite paste wax or sealant and go over the same area to seal it back up.

Remember, LESS IS MORE. I had the same issue on my brand new 5 series. To be honest, I got about 95% of my scratches out. I was ok with that. Be careful, because if you go for perfection, you may go too far. And that could be a costly mistake Especially for someone who hasn't done this before. FWIW.

BTW, The reason these cars are being delivered scratched is because when the dealer cleans the car before delivery, they are using dirty rags which pick up fine dirt particles. The jockey who is wiping your interior is actually scratching the dash instead of cleaning it properly, not intentionally of course. These guys are just not car detailers. Good luck!

Here is a great place to learn more tips and techniques:
http://www.adamsforums.com/forums/
Topdwnz is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      07-06-2012, 08:48 AM   #8
top6491
MSGT USMC (Ret)
 
Drives: 2012 F10 535i M-Sport
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Diego

Posts: 149
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2012 BMW 535i  [0.00]
Thanks for the tips, I'll give them a try this weekend if I get a chance.
top6491 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:11 PM.




5post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST