This may already be old news for some, but I wanted to share something I discovered about the way our cars are prepped BEFORE we ever lay eyes on them, that I found somewhat disturbing
Apparently our beasts, as well as most if not all other new imported vehicles, are shipped over encased in a layer of Cosmolene, which is then completely stripped off at the port of entry with a soaking of kerosene, and subsequently rinsed thoroughly before being shipped out.
The kerosene, used as a solvent in this way, obviously strips off not only the Cosmolene, but also any and all of the protective waxes already on the finish, leaving JUST paint/clearcoat. This is how our beasts arrive at the dealership, and explains why they then have to completely detail the car.
It makes me wonder whether this kerosene treatment also softens the paint/clearcoat, as I found on my '02 540i that the paint seemed especially soft and vulnerable to chipping during the first 5-6 months, and now seems slightly more durable.
I guess it's still alright to request that the dealership NOT detail the car prior to delivery, as long as I take delivery as soon as the beast arrives, drive it home, and immediately detail it, but just the thought of unprotected paint makes me wonder if I should just allow them to go ahead and prep her upon arrival.
Apologies for the long post. Any feedback most appreciated.