BMW 318 interior vs Jimmeh!

Jimmeh

Registered User
A very last minute booking saw me working on this BMW 318 compact. A nice break from the norm however, as this was an Interior only detail.

Product
• 303 aerospace protectant (UV protection for dash/plastics etc)
• AutoSmart G101 (all purpose cleaner)
• AutoSmart Bio Brisk (interior/upholstery cleaner)
• Warm water!

• Lots of microfibre cloths
• Meguiars triple action detail brush
• Meguiars Slide-lock brush
• Various detail brushes
• VAX 6131 wet ‘n dry hoover
• Vikan upholstery brush


I’m trying to think of more products.. but, honestly, I think that was it!


Anyway, here are a series of before pics.

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Nice soiling on the passenger seat:

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First job was to remove any clutter (..There was none!) and hoover.

In removing the floor mats though, I had to laugh. Look at the difference in the colour of the dirty and ‘clean’, carpet.

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The mats had seen better days; made for a great turnaround though.

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Ok, so.. Bio-Brisk was applied via spray bottle and the carpet pile was agitated with an upholstery brush. A couple of slow passes with water extraction were made closely followed by several more passes removing the water. A final scrub/dry was given with a MF.

A 50/50 on the passenger mat.

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And here’s the collected water that was used for the front two mats alone:

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Rear foot-wells were a bit dirty, too.

Before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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Again, a good wipe around was given with a clean microfibre to help remove any remaining residues.


Moving on to the seats now, a similar process was used as above but, extra care taken making sure the material didn’t get too wet.

More dirty water collected after the seats were vac’d.

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(..You just don’t realise, do you?)


After all the ‘wet-work’ was complete, I equipped a few brushes and attacked the dash/centre-console and door cards.

50/50 attempts..

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The lot was given another quick hoover out (as was the boot area) and the plastics were treated to 303 aerospace protectant.


Drivers foot-well before and after:

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Jimmeh

Registered User
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And a few final afters.

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Spanking!!!!

Very pleased with the turnaround (especially the carpet work)

Work time four and a half hours.

Thanks for reading.

Jim.
 
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mac1403

Registered User
Totally amazing mate. As always a pleasure to read. keep up the good work
 

rasA4

Four Rings Mafia Specialist
yes totally agree like the before and after pics, can i acheive similar results without a vax type vacuum? on the carpets
 

jlillington

Registered User
That is quite a change. Nice work!

Quick question regarding the door cards though, particularly the drivers door where scuffs tend to appear quite easily on the bottom section. How do you go about removing those without damaging the cards more?
 

Wai-Fan

Registered User
Fantastic job as usual!
 

Jimmeh

Registered User
yes totally agree like the before and after pics, can i acheive similar results without a vax type vacuum? on the carpets

Thanks ras :)

You'd do well to lift the engrained muck with a generic hoover - you need the extraction system to flush/suck the soiled areas ideally. You wouldn't be able to do the above with a Henry, but, a George (who is wet extraction compatible) would make light work of it i'm sure.


That is quite a change. Nice work!

Quick question regarding the door cards though, particularly the drivers door where scuffs tend to appear quite easily on the bottom section. How do you go about removing those without damaging the cards more?

:)

Sometimes you're lucky and the 'scuff' will wipe off with an APC (all purpose cleaner) and some slight agitation. However, often, it's going to have marked/damaged the plastic and there isn't a lot (that I know of..) you can do about it.

There are 'magic sponges' available that can in effect, flatten the area to reduce/remove the scuff. But, they're quite coarse and can often remove the 'textured' effect surrounding the area. *shrugs*

Not much help I'm afraid.
 

jlillington

Registered User
Thanks very much Jimmeh, looks like I'm gonna have to deal with the scuffs for a while :3sadwalk: Damn the previous owner with their big feet!
 

Jimmeh

Registered User
Take a look at my post history - there's a similar report on a Range Rover's interior I worked on - there were a couple of scuffs on the doorcard I put said 'magis sponge' to.. take a look and see what you think
 

jlillington

Registered User
Take a look at my post history - there's a similar report on a Range Rover's interior I worked on - there were a couple of scuffs on the doorcard I put said 'magis sponge' to.. take a look and see what you think

Thanks v. much for the help. Ive had a good look and it might well do the trick...sorry for the minor hijack!
 

dan1973

OCD clean
Superb job there mate looks like a new pin now great pictures too.
 

N8

Kowalski Details
VCDS Map User
Absolute crap, dunno who'd use you :ninja: Stunning Jim, AS ALWAYS. :wub:
 

Walter

Registered User
What I find amazing is not only the fantastic results, but how fast they're achieved. No kidding, it would take me all day to getting my interior done, and it wouldn't be half as good.
 

Jimmeh

Registered User
Thanks Walter.

It's a good working time for an Interior only, put it that way. Hopefully, my friend comes back for full paint correction and exterior protection (he's currently buying a new house, so, wants to wait until he has a garage to keep it in!! :) )
 
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