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Old 12-01-2012, 10:00 PM   #14201
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:30 AM   #14202
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kidney grills and refurb of handles

i took my kidney grills out and pained them, hope they last and dont get stone chipped :S and refurbed my interiour handles
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #14203
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #14204
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:38 AM   #14205
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i took my kidney grills out and pained them, hope they last and dont get stone chipped :S and refurbed my interiour handles
Did you paint your door panels also? I painted my grills months ago and yet to see a single difference in them but i work nights also so not much chance for flying rocks when you're the only one on the road haha

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:04 PM   #14206
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #14207
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Did you paint your door panels also? I painted my grills months ago and yet to see a single difference in them but i work nights also so not much chance for flying rocks when you're the only one on the road haha

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hi no i didnt paint the door pannals, one of the cars owners must of worn wrings as the handles were all scrabbed and ruiend and the passanger side. It had been drivinng me crazy as the rest of the interiour is in pretty good nick, okay thats good news about the grills i put 2 coats of primer on 2 coats of paint and 2 coats of lacquer on think this will stand up to the stone chips?
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:00 PM   #14208
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Bought an "Oil Extractor" from a Marine place (Similar to MityVac 7400).
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Replaced Cabin filter, updated logbooks, reset SIA and did most of the other visual checks on Mx1 schedule.

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:19 PM   #14209
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Put my new pads and rotors on and properly bedded them. I don't think the last pads were properly bedded because these pads are so quiet now. ATE pads and Zimmerman rotors.

For those curious it took about 4 hours including bedding. I didn't have a single stuck bolt. The only thing was that the caliper carrier bolts are closer to 5/8 inch than 17mm. My 17mm rounded one of them off, but the 5/8 fit almost perfectly.

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:48 PM   #14210
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hi no i didnt paint the door pannals, one of the cars owners must of worn wrings as the handles were all scrabbed and ruiend and the passanger side. It had been drivinng me crazy as the rest of the interiour is in pretty good nick, okay thats good news about the grills i put 2 coats of primer on 2 coats of paint and 2 coats of lacquer on think this will stand up to the stone chips?
Yea that should last. I only put about 3 coats of paint and that's it. Mine was spur of the moment

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:54 PM   #14211
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Yea that should last. I only put about 3 coats of paint and that's it. Mine was spur of the moment

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Yh same here did my door handles and had paint left over im not happy with my drivers door handle though, think i am goin to need to take it off, any ideas how?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #14212
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Not a clue sorry. IM thinking of painting my windows trim soon. Chrome is nasty as hell looking and i like the look of the black chrome. What you think people wet sand 2000 & 3000 grit then primer then paint then clear?

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Old 12-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #14213
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Not a clue sorry. IM thinking of painting my windows trim soon. Chrome is nasty as hell looking and i like the look of the black chrome. What you think people wet sand 2000 & 3000 grit then primer then paint then clear?

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I need to attempt to polish my chrome. I'm doing a big detailing project over the christmas holiday. Anyone know any techniques or materials to use?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:51 PM   #14214
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Replaced the FCABs with some Polly ones, Clunk's gone and much less movement in the front end. Also fixed the rear bumper sag finally!
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:12 PM   #14215
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Replaced the FCABs with some Polly ones, Clunk's gone and much less movement in the front end. Also fixed the rear bumper sag finally!
Doing this next after some upgrades on the rest of the fleet.
Is there only one brand of polly? (Reasonable for a DD)
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #14216
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #14217
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #14218
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #14219
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Doing this next after some upgrades on the rest of the fleet.
Is there only one brand of polly? (Reasonable for a DD)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-BMW-E46-...0bf6b5&vxp=mtr

Those are the ones I got, I was a little worried at first since they were on eBay, but when I got them they were pretty solid. Ill give you an update in about a week or so when I pull off the skid plate and look at them again.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #14220
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i took my kidney grills out and pained them, hope they last and dont get stone chipped :S and refurbed my interiour handles
What all did you use to pain them? as in what kind of paint and what not. I've been wanting to do this, to give them a matte finish. Yours look damn good!
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