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Old 12-13-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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Location: Nashville, TN
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My Ride: 2004 330Ci
Style 71 Refinishing

Started the winter project this week.
I've seen write-ups here and online and had to see if it was really doable.
Turned out not perfect but really good.

8mm Triple Square (XZN) bit to unscrew the screws.
PB Blaster and Rubber Mallet to seperate.

Soak in Simple Green

Clay Bar

Klean-Strip Aircraft Stripper (pepboys) to get rid of the clearcoat on the lip.
File down any curb-rash.
Start Wet Sanding....Here's what I used:
60 grit - clear all the clearcoat, get rid of the pitting and even out the filing.
Medium Sanding block
Fine Sanding Block
Xtra Fine Sanding Block
(I found that the sanding blocks are key. Didnt even to look to see if blocks are available for the higher grits though)
Polish (I used a wheel on a power drill)

Putting them back together was relatively easy. Should probably use a torque wrench...I did them by hand. Though I can see how it would very easy to break a screw off.

2-3 hours per wheel.
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