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Old 03-08-2019, 03:43 PM   #21
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Controlarm Bushings

Controlarm Bushings replaced.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:47 PM   #22
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Front Brakes

Front Brakes replaced.
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:54 PM   #23
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I refurbished my set of 18" Styling 32 wheels, got rid of some serious curb rash.

Lots of grinding, filling and finally repainting them with 2K "BMW Felgensilber 144" and clearcoat , they look like new again

Next up:
Differertial seals...
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:23 PM   #24
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Great result with wheels. New paint is so nice.
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Old 04-07-2019, 03:51 PM   #25
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Got the rear Bumper off to repair the park distance control sensors, 2 were bad and are replaced, PDC works again
Also did the Differential seal on the right axle because it was leaking oil from the diff. This was a surprisingly easy 20min job
Now as the bumper is off anyway, I decided to start some anti-rust treatment.
The rear bumper has some serious, ugly scratches and dents as well... guess because the PDC didn't got fixed from the pre-owner and he had some preventable parking collisions because of that...

As first steps in this time-consuming-process I grinded off the rust and put rust converter on these places.
I filled the dents on the rear bumper with plastic-filler, I will have to repaint the bumper.
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:36 PM   #26
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Filling

Rostconverter (Fertan) and some filling...
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:42 AM   #27
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Nice work, next step paintshop?
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:31 AM   #28
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Thanks Antti!
I will paint it myself with 2K Spraycans (base and clearcoat), hope to get some decent results, paintshop is not within the budget for this car.
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:08 AM   #29
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Thanks Antti!
I will paint it myself with 2K Spraycans (base and clearcoat), hope to get some decent results, paintshop is not within the budget for this car.
Oh, good luck i hope it goes well.
Please post images for finished parts. Interesting to see how good paintwork you are able to do with rattle cans.

Is paintshop work how expensive in Switzerland?
I paid 250euros for front fender + front door, including work,paints, prepwork etc. including tax. Just for example. That is my local good painter, in Finland.
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:21 PM   #30
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Sure I will documentate the process, that's what this is thread about, isn't it

I've already did this before so I have some experience and the results were quite acceptable, we'll see how it turns out this time.

Painting is Art of Craftsmanship!

I'm not a pro, but you learn with experience, the preparing takes about 80% of the time, maybe even 90%.
And to finally paint it, it's important to have the right temperature, with is about between 20-30C, you need good quality paint and a clean environment (no dust).
I'm doing this in my Garage so I'm looking out to be ready when spring kicks-in and temperatures will rise again

And yes, paintshops are quit expensive here in CH, to get a frontfender painted I got quotes for 300.- CHF , this equals in about 300$ or 260, that's too much for this project.

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Old 04-15-2019, 06:09 PM   #31
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The surface is ready for priming, I've cleaned it and now it needs to dry-out...
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:07 PM   #32
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Filling and priming

On the dents which I have filled with plastic-filler, I sprayed about 12 coates of filler (SIC!):
The overspray will we grinded after drying out, after that, I will spray the whole bumper with 2K Filler/Coating from Spraymax and wet grind it again, hope that finally the unevennesses will be flat after grinding

The cans used for this operation and some progres:
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:21 PM   #33
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Grind it wet with 800 sandingpaper, wash it with soapywater, rinse off and let it totally dry again...
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:31 AM   #34
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Painting the Bumper

Painting the Bumper with 3 coats of basepaint and 3 coates of clearcoat.
The result was not 100% perfect but good enough...
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:42 AM   #35
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Painting Tail Fenders

This is how I painted the spots on the rear fenders, of course you can see a difference between the old paint and the new.
But when the new paint will be fully hardened in a few weeks I will grind the whole side with 2000-grain sanding-paper and polish it to make it blend in.

Luckily black is not such a problematic colour, you don't see the imperfections at the first look
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:55 AM   #36
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Rusty Rear Shockabsorber

I had to replace both rear shock-absorbers because they were heavily corroded.

I also did the left differential bearing which was leaking oil, this was much more work than the right side because I had to loosen the Muffler and the rear sway-bar to get enough clearance.

The parking-brake had to be adjusted as well.

After these steps the Vehicle was finally ready for State-Inspection!
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:04 AM   #37
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On the Road again

Today was State-Inspection Day!

The car passed with no flaws or complaints at all, it's back on the road again and awesome to drive!

Next on my To-do-list is replacing the front fenders with new pre-painted ones from eBay, polish the whole car and some interior refurbishing.
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:43 AM   #38
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I like those style 32, are those same wide rear/front?
What tyres, 225/40/18 in all 4?
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:38 PM   #39
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No, the rear tires are wider:


Front: 8 x 18 225/40/18 ET47

Rear : 8,5 x 18 255/35/18 ET50



By the way:
You can check all BMW OEM wheel/tire sizes on http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/

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Old 05-19-2019, 02:56 AM   #40
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Great car. Keep the things in the right way. Like to see the next update.

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