The BMW Mini R50 (2001-2006) was the fashion icon of early 2000’s all the fashionista wanted and drove one. This continues today to some extent with the R56 and F56 models. But the old R50’s are a good solid reliable car for people who want a small nippy hatchback with good build quality and a cabin that’s a nice place to be. With the success of fashionability came neglect, unloved cars are filling the second and third hand car market and this takes us on todays full detail.
I put a distress call out for cars in need of a “valet” around my group of friends to test a range of new products from old suppliers, new suppliers and products. Helen came to the rescue with her BMW MINI ONE, now she hasn’t neglected the car its been washed but never given the full Eurowerks treatment.
The Car Salon
- Candi-Crush PH Neutral Shampoo
- Ironator fallout remover
- Mr Seal – Spray Sealant and Quick Detailer
- Squeaky Clean Glass Cleaner
- TNT Tyre and Trim Dressing
- Black Hole Show Glaze
- Revitalised System
The body of the Mini was in a pretty bad state, the gloss black roof was that badly oxidised it had become matt. Bird Lime deposits down the windows and sides. Heavily caked on brake dust on the wheels.
First job was the wheels, I attacked these with Ironator and my normal wheel brushes to get in to the harder to reach areas. To agitate Ironator some more I mixed a weak spray bottle of Candi Crush shampoo with warm water.
With a different brush I quickly attacked the door latches/jams with the same bottle of Candi Crush to removed the grease and dirt, the results speak for themselves
Whilst the wheels were soaking after a second misting of Ironator I gave the lower body panels a spray, just to see how bad the body was contaminated.
The body was rinsed and then washed with a lambs wool wash mitt and 2 full caps of Candi – Crush in the bucket.
The paint was already starting to show a glimpse of shine under all the dirt and grime.
Rinsed and dried then on to the roof!! Neil and Steve have been raving about Poor Boys Black Hole for a while, I’ve given the MG a quick go a couple of times but I didn’t expect to see results like this….
The colour was instantly returned and the matt taken away. This is way outside of Black Holes comfort zone so I wasn’t expecting the deep gloss shine to return from a product which is essentially a glaze.
With this in mind I went back to my tried and trusted Auto Finesse Revitalised system to give the roof a proper 3 stage machine polish to bring the gloss back.
This detail wasn’t a full correction detail so the rest of the body was treated and not corrected.
To protect the body I used The Car Salon Mr Seal ‘Spray Sealant and Quick Detailer’ this Quick Detailer is a simple wipe on wipe off product. I applied a couple of mists to a new clean microfibre and in straight lines applied one panel at a time, After a few minutes I removed with a second microfibre and worked my way around the car.
Trim plastics, doesn’t matter how fancy and clever these cars get we all still suffer from faded plastics to one extent or another. I used Auto Finesse Revive on the mirrors, arch and bumper plastics to bring life back in to them.
I cleaned the windows with Squeaky Clean Glass Cleaner then dressed the tyres with TNT Tyre and Trim Dressing, more on these items over the coming weeks.
Here’s a few finished shots of the car as the sun was setting and we approached the photographers ‘golden hour’