One thing that is always a concern for me, is to have the interior as clean as possible. This is where I spend most of the time in my car and where the "experience" of driving happens.
Since preservation of the velour carpets are a concern for me (not sure for how long BMW is going to make these) and I want to make the car easier and easier to clean, it was time to invest in the new Wolf Chemicals Nano Textile Sealant.
The test subject for the product are the velour carpets of my Touring, which are identical to the M5, but have the borders in cinnamon leather.
To apply the Sealant and for it to bond to the fibres properly, it is very important for the carpets to be properly clean.
The carpets were beaten up to release as much dirt as possible from the deep pile, before getting ready to scrub everything gently with APC.
Meguiars APC dilluted to 10:1 was used together with a soft brush.
Small dirt spots on the carpets.
Rinsed the carpets properly before any cleaning.
Apply plenty of foamy APC and scrub gently, working the fibre in various directions, so the dirt can get loose.
After making sure that all the carpets are properly cleaned with APC, it was time to rinse the carpets with plenty of water.
Make sure to use the water to push the dirt away, don't just aim the water hose randomly, work your way in one direction pushing the water out.
Use your hand to push the water out of the carpet. Rinse again. Push water out. Rinse and repeat until no color dirt water comes out.
The carpets were then left to dry properly outside and moved inside the house to dry - I keep on pushing the boundaries of the patience of my girlfriend, but she is a sweetie - so they can dry properly. I gave it 48 hours at least before I did anything to the carpets, as it is important the they are very dry and with no humidity.
Before application of sealant, I gave the carpets a vacuum clean and cleaned the underside of the carpets with APC and a microfibre, since they were dirty of standing on the ground.
Here is the Nano Textile Sealant ready for action. Make sure you follow the application instructions to the letter as indicated on the bottle, these new products have very strict application guidelines, not following them will compromise their durability and protection.
Spray the sealant more or less 10cm away from the carpet.
Cover the whole area properly and let it dry for 30 minutes. Apply a second layer and let it dry. I left the carpets resting for more than 48 hours before trying out any water playing.
Here are the results, stripes are from the shades on the window.
Hydrophobic behavior, so nice to see.
Its amazing how the product functions, the water just stands on it, leaving the dust particles behind.
Two very small water droplets.
Look at the angle of attack of that water drop!
Also made a small move with my iPhone, watch it in HD. Sorry for the quality, lifting the carpet on the edges, but it shows how cool it is to see the water just gliding on top of the pile of the carpet!
Happy with the initial results and looking forward to see if the product helps reduce wear and pilling on the carpet.
But also received something nice by mail... looking forward to try this one now on the paint of the M5!
To be continued after Suspension installation on the M5 this Saturday
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How does the hydroponic stuff reacts when you actually step on it with wet shoes? Water doesn't exactly just fall on the carpets, Tiago
Hydrophobic, not hydroponic
The principle is that the product will help protect the carpet against wear and pilling. What appears to happen is that like a "Filter" is made on top of the carpet pile, the water will eventually sink in, but the dust/dirt stays on top, making it easier to clean.
I intend on testing this product to see if its any good, before I order more to apply on the carpet surface of the trunk, but for 15 Euros (used 40% of the little spray bottle for 2 layers) and from what I have seen until now, its looking promising
Will keep the thread updated as the carpets get used.
Originally Posted by bimmerule
Man you raise the bar every time! If I was within 1 tank distance from you, I'd personally drop it off for detailing twice a year. Well done!
Thanks! Drop it off? Man, I already have much to do with keeping two E39s clean and running perfectly, not another one! :P
Water isn't usually such an issue for me. Do you have any suggestions for dust protection?
To be honest, I would try or the Wolf's Textile Sealant you see above or the Gtechniq's Smart Fabric.
But I am not sure that they would help, you can give it a try, which is exactly what I am doing when I bought the sealant and am sharing my discoveries with the community. At the cost of 15 Euros a bottle its next to nothing and certainly worth for me to give it a go.
Your future thread: Textile Sealant: The Desert Test?