If you were, um, “lucky” enough to snap up one of the 30 limited edition Frozen Gray M3 coupes from BMW, you’ll be signing some additional paperwork when you take delivery of your car. You know that paint job you paid extra for? The one that distinguishes the limited edition coupes from the rest of the herd and looks like a bad rattle can paint job done in a dusty garage? You’ll have to agree to BMW’s specific care instructions before they hand over the keys. Oh, and good luck with any warranty paint claims if BMW finds you didn’t follow the care instructions to the letter.
If you’re waiting on delivery, here are BMW’s guidelines, published by Left Lane News, for maintaining the Frozen Gray finish:
*Never polish or wax the frozen gray paint as it could lead to a glossy surface.?
*If washing your frozen gray M3 in a automatic car wash choose a car wash that does not apply vehicle wax. Rinse the M3 with high pressure water to remove dirt before sending it through the automatic car wash to avoid scratches from sand, dust and other micro-particles.
?*Remove bugs, bird poo, tree sap, tar, fuel spills or oil immediately using a soft sponge.?
*Avoid strong rubbing while cleaning the frozen paint. BMW sells suitable products for maintaining the frozen paint at your local dealer.
?*Repairs to the paint (scratches, dents, etching) must be completed by a BMW trained body shop. Most auto body shop will not be capable of repairing the frozen gray paint.
In other words, you’re paying serious money for a finish that can’t be taken through most automatic car washes, has to be constantly maintained to protect from environmental hazards and can’t be repaired by most body shops. Maybe BMW should have released the car in an unpainted, bare steel “lightweight” version that required customers to oil the steel daily. Sounds like that would have been simpler to maintain.