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How to Take Care of BMW Individual Frozen Paint

Want to make your your high performance saloon, coupe, convertible or four-door coupe stand out in a crowd? Sure, you can get the standard BMW paintjob and then go wrap it in something unique and exciting, like lime green or chrome. But we can tell you, this finish isn’t perfect and it’s also prone to chipping, scratching and flaking over time. Sure, you can re-wrap the Bimmer every year and have it looking different, but you’ll probably love your car more in “Frozen Paint” from BMW Individual.
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Every time we look at the cars in a BMW showroom, we’re immediately drawn to the Frozen Black cars. They look so much more exotic and unique, especially in stand-out colors like blue, copper/brown or white.

Back in the 2000s, matte gold and silver jewelry begun to make an appear, and BMW immediately began work on replicating this beautiful metallic finish in paint, starting with black and silver. Both in daytime and nighttime, the BMW Frozen Paint provide a different finish. They partially absorb the light and reflect the rest differently, like morning dew or millions of tiny glass crystals playing with your retina.

Back in the 90s, an M3 was always black or silver, with chrome grille and wheels, but now a lot more individuality is available, and you can have beautiful frozen blue and matte black wheels for example. But, as always, there’s a price to pay! You can’t just take your ‘Frozen’ BMW to whatever carwash you want, you can’t polish out defects in the paint and you can’t simply repaint a damaged panel without professional help from BMW specialists.

Honestly, it might sound like BMW Individual Frozen Paint is a bunch of overpriced crap, but honestly, it’s not. This amazing finish still has the same ultraviolet light resistance, corrosion resistance and decent scratch resistance. So if you take care of it, it should last the lifetime of the car.

Every car needs washing, but these porous finishes probably need a little more of it than usual. The best thing to do is to have them hand-washed using brand new rags (so you don’t get scratches from dirt), BMW’s official automotive shampoo for matte paint and BMW insect remover. You only need to keep the car clean, nothing more.

Most paint care products are designed to make a paintjob smooth and shiny, so they are not recommended. A polish compound will rub out the Fronzen finish, while a wax sealant will fill in the little gaps, so obviously, both are out of the question. We repeat: Do not polish or wax your car, no matter what!

The finish can also be damaged if you mechanically wash the surface of your BMW. Do not use a buffing wheel, do not enter the self-serve spinning brush tunnels and avoid synthetic fiber cloths and towels. The microfiber cloths that capture dirt are also a big no-no, damaging the pores of the paint.

To protect the exotic finish on Bimmer, remover insects, bird droppings, road tar and all the other residual remains as soon as you can, especially pollen from lime or acacia trees. In fact, it’s better not to park under a tree at all if possible. BMW says Frozen Paint meets the same standards as regular paint when it comes to bird droppings or tree sap, but we all know the damage they can inflict.

It’s recommended that you start with the citric-based insect remover first, to soften them up. Just spray the stuff on and leave it for the recommended time (usually a couple of minutes), before starting the wash process. Wash with a very soft organic sponge. Rinsing should be done with low pressure hoses, and if you don’t want the water streaks once it’s dry, you can use a soft towel that doesn’t leave lint.

Cleaning is one thing, but what if you’ve chipped a bumper or a bonnet, what if you’ve put a scratch in by sitting on the door? As we’ve already determined, buffing it out is out of the question. Doing touchup with satin or matte paint is possible, but if you want to get it looking like new again, the only way to go is to take it back to the official BMW dealer, because matching the rest of the body at an amateur paint booth is virtually impossible.

Before we let you enjoy your frozen goddess, we want to give you the refresh:

  • Use BMW Original CareProducts (matte paint cleaner and shampoo)
  • Don’t use mechanical buffers
  • Remove bugs, droppings and tree residue immediately
  • Don’t use wag or polish (Nano Wax is available from BMW though)

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