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Why You Should Wrap Your BMW

We all love our BMW’s, but if you’re using yours as your daily driver, it can be difficult or even impossible to protect your paint job from the dings and scratches that come with driving down nearly every road in the world. One rock getting whipped up by the tire of a passing car can leave you with scratches and chips in your paint, no matter how careful you are behind the wheel.

One way to protect your paint job is to wrap your BMW. Why should you consider wrapping your BMW, and what will it do for your car in the long run?

What Are Car Wraps?

First, what does wrapping your car even mean?

Car wraps put a cover of formable ‘cast’ vinyl on top of your car’s paint job. A full wrap completely covers your car’s clear coat, protecting it from the elements. These wraps can last for up to 10 years — longer if your car isn’t parked in the sun — and are designed to fit over and around the curves and edges of the vehicle.

They’re frequently used for vehicle advertising — it turns the entire car into a billboard for the business that it’s representing — but solid-color ones can be a great option for protecting your BMW or any other vehicle you own.

Benefits of Car Wraps

What are the benefits of wrapping your car?

First, it can give your BMW a one-of-a-kind look. You’re not limited by the paints available for your particular model, or even the paints available on the market. You can create a look that’s completely you — whether that means you want a solid color, something flashy or to design your car to look like a Ninja Turtle…the possibilities are endless!

These wraps can also help to improve the resale value of your car. The cover creates a barrier between your paint job and the elements and can be removed without damaging the paint when you’re ready to sell the car. If you’re leasing your car, you can still use the wrap to change its color because it doesn’t violate your lease like painting does.

The benefits don’t stop there. Wraps can also let you enjoy the sleek look of a matte paint job without worrying about the paint chipping or getting damaged — matte paint jobs tend to chip because they don’t have a clear coat to protect them. And if you have minor damage or scratches on your car, a wrap can also be a great tool to hide those little nicks and prevent them from becoming a larger problem.

Whether you’re driving a BMW or an old beater, a wrap can be a great way to protect your investment while making it look awesome at the same time. Vinyl wraps are for more than just advertisements now — they can be a cost-effective way to protect your BMW’s paint job that can be removed at any time. If you’re the kind of person who would enjoy switching cars as often as you buy new shoes, you can do just that — keep the car and just change the wrap!

How to Stay Safe Working on Your BMW

We all love working on our cars, especially if you’ve got something like a classic BMW in your garage. While it can be a great hobby that saves you a lot of money in the long run, it is important to make sure you’re staying safe while working on your car.

Have Somewhere to Work

The last thing you want is to be laying under your BMW working on something, only to have someone run over your feet because you’re trying to repair your car on the side of the road or in your driveway. Before you loosen your first nut, make sure you have a safe place to work on your car. A garage or carport is ideal, but if that isn’t an option, make sure you block off your driveway to keep people from accidentally running you over or knocking your car off the jack stands.

Invest in Jack Stands

Speaking of jack stands, don’t ever get under your car if it’s just up on a jack. Even putting it up on concrete blocks isn’t enough. If you’re going to work on your car, you need to invest in a good set of jack stands that are rated for your car’s weight. These will keep your vehicle safely off the ground, and off of you, while you’re working. Unless you want your head to look like a watermelon that someone dropped on concrete — which is what will happen if a car falls on it — don’t skimp on your jack stands.

Protect Your Hearing

Engines are loud — especially if you’re under them while they’re running. Whether you’re looking for a leak or are checking your wiring harness, one thing you should definitely protect is your hearing with some earplugs. Inside a passenger car, you don’t hear much of your car’s engine noise because of sound-dampening technology that is worked into the frame, but under the hood, the engine can generate between 70 and 100 decibels of noise. Extended exposure can result in serious hearing damage, so invest in some good earplugs.

Ditch the Butts

Smoking is a nasty habit, but it can be a fatal one if you do it while you’re working on your BMW. It doesn’t take much to ignite gas fumes, turning your car — and possibly your face — into a fireball. If you have to smoke while you’re working on your car, walk away, smoke your cigarette and wait until you’re finished before you head back to work.

Of course, you can try to quit smoking. Even vaping around gasoline fumes isn’t a good idea, because the hot coil that creates your vape cloud could also ignite the fumes.

Wait for Cooldown

For the love of whatever you deem holy, wait until your car cools down before working on it — unless you really want a radiator cap embedded in the ceiling of your garage. Your engine can reach temperatures upwards of 230 degrees, and your cooling system is under pressure until the car cools off. Water only has to be 150 degrees to cause third-degree burns.

In addition to the chance of burns, your car’s radiator fans will keep spinning to help the engine cool down even after you’ve shut it off. If you absolutely have to work on a hot car, take precautions. Kevlar gloves can help protect your skin, and pulling the relay for the radiator fans can keep your fingers attached to your hands.

Don’t let this discourage you from working on your car. Just be safe so you can enjoy this fantastic hobby without ending up in the emergency room.

How to Take Your Car to Its First Show

Car shows offer a fantastic way to see some amazing cars or show off your own car, but if you’ve never gone to one before, taking the plunge to present your car at its first show can be intimidating. Whether you’ve got a classic BMW that you want to showcase or a modded race car that you want to show off at the track, it’s essential to find out what you need to do before you take your BMW to its first show.

Wash Everything

If you’re going to show your car — no matter what model of car it is — you want it to be as clean as possible. Give the car a good wash to remove any dirt or debris and make it look shiny and new. Don’t neglect the interior of the car or under the hood. If you’re showing your BMW, you’ll want to give your engine a good cleaning. It doesn’t have to appear off-the-assembly-line new, but you want to make it look like you at least made an effort!

Once everything is washed, add a good coat of wax, and polish your car so that you’re sure it looks its best when you’re on the showroom floor.

Pick Your Class

Before you enter a show, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right show class. There are generally three classes — street, stock and modified — but each show might have its own classes. Be careful to read up on the individual show before you enter.

Stock cars are cars that, other than being in good shape, are basically the same car that rolled off the assembly line when it was new. It might have some replacement parts, depending on the car’s mileage, but it hasn’t been modified at all.

Streetcars fall in the middle and might contain some aftermarket parts or paint jobs. They still look like their classic stock counterparts, but they pack a few extra secrets under the hood.

Modified cars, as their name suggests, have been heavily modified and may have a lot more power than street or stock cars.

Keep All Your Paperwork

It’s not just the car that the judges are going to look at. Make sure you have all your paperwork in order, including your license, registration, proof of insurance and receipt for your entry fees. You can and probably should also have some process photos of your car, especially if you’re entering in the modded class. Having some before and after pictures can help show the judges all the work you’ve put into your favorite BMW.

Finally, the most important thing to remember is to have fun — win or lose, car shows are a great place to network and find some new friends or reconnect with old ones while you enjoy a few brews over the hoods of your favorite cars. You can enter your BMW in nearly any car show, but you might want to pick a BMW-only show if you really want some competition.