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      03-08-2020, 05:32 PM   #1
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I had an email from the local BMW agent offering an all surface treatment for my BMW. I could copy the text but have pasted instead the link that they sent with the email.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/169667931

Has anyone tried this, cost £299 but looks good? Thing is, another dealer called me and said that they donít put Protect X on the i8 because of the thin paint used and the different materials itís built from. Looking for advice?
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I had an email from the local BMW agent offering an all surface treatment for my BMW. I could copy the text but have pasted instead the link that they sent with the email.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/169667931

Has anyone tried this, cost £299 but looks good? Thing is, another dealer called me and said that they donít put Protect X on the i8 because of the thin paint used and the different materials itís built from. Looking for advice?
Any good detailer can do a first stage polish followed by ceramic sealant coating. Will cost you £500-£1k for a durable well done job. Will be 1000x better than what dealership monkeys can do for you.

My i8 has had it done and looks way better than any car in a dealership showroom. Doddle to wash too.
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      03-09-2020, 11:16 AM   #3
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It depends on what treatment life you go for in comparison to cost.
Older cars also need more paint correction first so more labour cost.

For that cost, it won't be a long lasting treatment and prob 1-2 years.

The more expensive ceramic treatments are 9H hardness so need to be done by a professional in clinical conditions (not outside) as done wrongly, it's so durable, can need literally sanding off.
This does last 5 yrs thought and as said above 500-1000 for top quality.

If you are handy, rather than that cheaper treatment, something like Sonax hydrosilex (£12) is just as good or a good old fashioned wax like Autoglym HD wax (£30) will protect it for up to 6 months at a time.

In prep for that, 'clay bar' the whole car first to get the paint smooth to the touch and end with a good polish with a thick microfibre cloth.

I don't think there is any problem adding these products to any part of the car.

Detailing is a big subject but lots of you tube video's if you fancy having a go yourself! Really does depend on how good it is at the moment.
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      03-10-2020, 02:58 PM   #4
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Out of curiosity I wrote to the BMW branch asking if this product can be used on an i8. Received a reply with the following:

I have emailed our contact who deals with Protect X. This is the response. “,if it’s a painted surface then the coating will only enhance and protect it. However the majority of i8 cars are wrapped, I believe it wouldn’t do anything to a wrapped surface. If it’s Individual paint it can be coated as that’s a paint surface.“

Unbelievable!
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      03-12-2020, 08:18 AM   #5
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Out of curiosity I wrote to the BMW branch asking if this product can be used on an i8. Received a reply with the following:

I have emailed our contact who deals with Protect X. This is the response. ď,if itís a painted surface then the coating will only enhance and protect it. However the majority of i8 cars are wrapped, I believe it wouldnít do anything to a wrapped surface. If itís Individual paint it can be coated as thatís a paint surface.ď

Unbelievable!
What's wrapped on a standard i8?

The black detail on the bonnet i think is a sticker i guess but that's about it?
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      03-15-2020, 01:42 PM   #6
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What's wrapped on a standard i8?

The black detail on the bonnet i think is a sticker i guess but that's about it?
Nope, its all paint, I really dont think that the 'majority' of i8's are wrapped!
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      03-15-2020, 05:12 PM   #7
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Nope, its all paint, I really dont think that the 'majority' of i8's are wrapped!
This thread is largely irrelevant now since I just put a deposit on an LCI Coupe and will be trading in the Ionic Silver 2016 model - actually, up in your neck of the woods, Sytners of Leicester. I wanted the bigger battery and additional functions of the multi-media system plus it has laser lights. Interesting!

May need to change my forum name!
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      03-16-2020, 03:45 AM   #8
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This thread is largely irrelevant now since I just put a deposit on an LCI Coupe and will be trading in the Ionic Silver 2016 model - actually, up in your neck of the woods, Sytners of Leicester. I wanted the bigger battery and additional functions of the multi-media system plus it has laser lights. Interesting!

May need to change my forum name!
Yep, they're my local dealer, about 10 miles from home for me, I take it that they gave you a good deal! what colour are you going for this time?
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Yep, they're my local dealer, about 10 miles from home for me, I take it that they gave you a good deal! what colour are you going for this time?
Donnington Grey with white premium interior, hopefully I can keep it clean!
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      03-17-2020, 01:48 PM   #10
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Donnington rocks. LCI great too.
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Congratulations. Donington suits the i8 very well. When will you collect the car?
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Congratulations. Donington suits the i8 very well. When will you collect the car?
Thursday, provided the garage remains open!
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...is an example of a 4 layer ceramics coating. I am skeptical that the BMW treatment is anything similar. Lasts about 5 years. Hand washing of course, which is easy, just rinse...
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The personnel working at my BMW dealer/service just doesn’t have the mindset and focus for this type of delicate operation.
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