Last weekend was beautiful in the DC area, and a great time for a little car spring cleaning. I took the snow tires off the 530, swapped out the interior rubber mats for carpet and gave her a thorough hand washing. For the M3, I needed to wash her and then remove the lip spoiler from the trunk — I’m having the full spoiler installed soon.
The 530 performed like a champ through Snowpocalypse 2010. The Hankook Ice Bear tires make a huge difference, but it was time for them to go back into the basement. Hollin Hall Automotive is a neighborhood garage nearby with very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They save me a lot of time putting snows on and taking them off each year. They will also be doing the mounting and balancing when we get new tires for Gabriele’s Infiniti FX35.
I have enjoyed the look of the lip spoiler on the M3 since 2004, but decided to make a change. An original BMW spoiler was my big Christmas present, but other priorities have delayed putting it on. That appointment has now been made, and I needed to clear the trunk for the install.
Going as usual on advice gleaned from the forums, I wet the area and hit the spoiler with liberal amounts of WD-40. This loosened the adhesive and allowed me to gradually work the spoiler away from the trunk without damaging the clear coat. Despite this step there was still tape I had to clean carefully off the trunk after removing the lip.
I got it all off eventually, using a liquid called Goo-B-Gone. Then I clay-bared the trunk to ensure nothing was left on the paint, then gave it a fresh coat of wax.
The M3 turns 11 next month — I’ll do another birthday post on her then, and show off the full spoiler!
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