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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 2:52 pm

Hello all, I have been lurking here for a while and introduced myself here:

Last summer I picked up a BMW 325e for $650 with the intention of working it into a fun daily driver. It had turned into a bigger project than expected but I plan on having it on the road this spring. Here are some pictures of it when I brought it home:




I send it out for some of the more complex bodywork such as one rust hole, a dent in the rear corner and I had the power antenna hole filled. I have also been working on stripping it of bumpers, trim, etc. Here is what it looks like today:




Up to now I have not done a stitch of body or paint work so I am hoping to share my plans with you all here and get some feedback.
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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 2:56 pm

So I laid out a plan based on lurking here for a long time. As will see I'm an engineer and need to have everything sorted out before starting: I'm going to split the plan in a few posts. Here is my material list:

Supplies:
Blue Masking Tape
1x 25pk 80 Grit 3M Stikit 6 SandingDiscs
1x 25pk 180 Grit 3M Stikit 6 Sanding Discs
1x 25pk 320 Grit 3M Stikit 6 Sanding Discs
Bondo Lightweight Filler
4 Cans Duplicolor filler primer
4 Cans Duplicolor sandable primer
4x Tack Cloth
2x 4pk 9 x 11 3M Wetordry 400 Grit sandpaper
2x 5pk 3 2/3 x 9 3M Wetordry 600 Grit sandpaper
1x Meguiar's K1000 Unigrit Sanding Block
1x Meguiar's K2000 Unigrit Sanding Block
Meguiar's M10532 Ultra Cut Compound
Meguiar's M20532 Ultra Finishing Polish
Meguiar's W8006 6.5-Inch Soft Buff Foam Polishing Pad
2 quarts Brightside Paint
1 gallon mineral spirits
4x Shur Line 4 foam rollers
4x Foam Chisel Tip Brushes

Do these quanitites seem correct? Am I missing anything critical?
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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 2:58 pm

I broke up the work into 3 stages. Here is my first stage:

Stage 1: Prep
Remove, bumpers, trim, etc.
Wash car using warm water, dishsoap & red scotch bright pad
Mask off remaining trim
Sand with 80 grit disc on random orbital
Sand with 180 grit disc on random orbital
Sand with 320 grit disc on random orbital
Perform any required bodywork
Prime with spray filler primer
Sand with 400 grit using palm sander
Prime again with sandable primer
Sand again with 400 grit using palm sander
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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 2:59 pm

Stage 2: Paint
Clean with 50/50 iso alcohol and water, then with a tack cloth
Apply brightside mixed 3:2 (1:1 if cool temps) with mineral spirits using a high density foam roller (3 coats, 3 hours apart)
Sand with 600 grit on rubber block
Clean with 50/50 iso alcohol and water, then with a tack cloth
Apply brightside mixed 3:2 (1:1 if cool temps) with mineral spirits using a high density foam roller (3 coats, 3 hours apart)
Sand with 600 grit on rubber block
Clean with 50/50 iso alcohol and water, then with a tack cloth
Apply brightside mixed 3:2 (1:1 if cool temps) with mineral spirits using a high density foam roller (3 coats, 3 hours apart)
Clean with 50/50 iso alcohol and water, then with a tack cloth
Wetsand with Meg's foam block and 1000 unigrit
Wetsand with Megs foam block and 2000 unigrit
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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 2:59 pm

Stage 3: Polish (leave 4 weeks between Stage 2 and 3)
Compound using electric polisher with foam pad and M105 (2 passes)
Final polished using electric polisher with foam pad and M205
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Post by leeready on February 22nd 2012, 4:49 pm

Sounds like you got it down. I think most people use about 3 quarts even on a small car like this though. I could be wrong. Someone correct me? Very Happy

Oh and nice suburban. Is that a 97?
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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 5:21 pm

Thanks for reviewing my plans. I'll update it to 3 quarts, having a little extra wouldn't be the end of the world.

The Suburban is a 99, the last year GMC shared that name. 215,000k miles and still running strong. I bought it for $2600 from a old couple that used it to haul a camper to/from Maine and Florida each season.



That is my teams BMW that we race in the 24 Hours of LeMons on the trailer.
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Post by leeready on February 22nd 2012, 5:31 pm

It was just a random guess haha. I knew it either had to be a 92-99. Man, it's in great condition. I have a 96. 180k miles on it right now. It's still running great. Do you still have those rims in the last picture? I've always liked those a lot. Mine came with the LS rims, but one was bent.

What motor? 5.7?
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Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 5:41 pm

I replaced the original 16" rims with a set of 17" takeoffs from an Avalanche. The General Grabbers it had were 10 ply and not properly rotated so it rode really rough and loud. The new wheels/tires made a huge difference in ride quality. I have the 5.7 and it runs fantastic. It's generally in good shape but every 3 months I spend a couple weekends with a list. I need a slip yoke soon, the one in it now slams with every start/stop and pulling the race trailer will make it worse. I also may get the leaky front diff fixed this spring. Typical issues for these trucks.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 23rd 2012, 1:40 am

Shucks, I'm liking that blue on the bimmer, and might've told you to just take it to a shop, and have them spot-paint and blend any bad areas. Although, if that repaint was cheap, I could see it being more worn out, than the photos show...

The 24 hours of LeMons sounds cool as hell!
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Post by n0m4d on February 23rd 2012, 8:32 am

The paint was really bad, full of fish eyes, bubbles, painted over debris, bad masking, over spray, etc. There was a chunk of bondo coming loose from the rear quarter and it was starting to peel in spots too. Other than it being shiny it was rather awful. I am going to start sanding and working on the remaining bodywork this weekend.

I am thinking of Brightside Flag Blue. I haven't really been able to find any good examples of that color on here but what I want is a dark dark navy blue. I have parts coming for a chrome bumper conversion. My goal is something like this (but not a convertible):

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Post by n0m4d on February 27th 2012, 10:21 pm

Here is a quick progress pic. I spent about 4 hours Sunday and 2 tonight filling, priming and sanding. A good part was spent removing the texture from the driver side rocker panel with a wire wheel on a grinder. It's going slow but I'm learning as I go so I'm taking my time.

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Post by n0m4d on March 2nd 2012, 12:38 pm

Another progress pic. I'm basically done with the driver side and have started on the hood. Tonight i'm going to pull out the front and rear glass and get started on the roof.



I ordered 3 quarts of Brightside in Flag Blue which should be in Monday. Hopefully only one more week of prep and I can start to paint.
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Post by Techmaven on March 2nd 2012, 5:05 pm

Always nice to have a big enough work space..One thing I lack.

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Post by n0m4d on March 5th 2012, 3:31 pm

Well, keeping it a work space is a constant struggle. There seems to be some law a nature that dictates a garage reaches equilibrium once its filled 75% by volume and that the garage wants to be at equilibrium. I swear no matter how hard I try to keep it open random crap just appears Very Happy .

Anyway, I worked a little over the weekend on some rust repair and reworked a couple places on the front fender that I wasn't happy with. I decided to leave the glass in until as close to finished as possible to keep dust to a minimum.



Also, this arrived today!

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Post by n0m4d on March 6th 2012, 2:50 pm

More goodies arrived today. I have been waiting for these to arrive for seven weeks. Chrome euro bumpers and euro valance. Pretty hard parts to track down in the US. Chrome is in great shape, just dusty and covered in greasy prints.


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Post by n0m4d on March 6th 2012, 10:23 pm

More pictures, hood and trunk are done:



Started the passenger side tonight:



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Post by cac1967 on March 6th 2012, 11:05 pm

Lookin good so far ,keep up the great work!!!!!!!
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Post by n0m4d on March 14th 2012, 4:08 pm

I have been busy but also have been working on the car still. Here are some more updates:

After wire wheeling off the rocker texture:


Passenger side mostly done:


Roof is sanded and filler primed:


Really close to finishing the body work. I have two weekends in a row where I will have a house full of visiting family so progress will slow somewhat. I need to take my time with the lower rear bodywork as the new bumpers cover less than the old bumpers exposing a bunch of trim holes.
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Post by RoboGeek on March 14th 2012, 8:17 pm

just a hint.. use green tape instead of blue if you tape over any painted areas.. its less sticky and doesn't leave as much residue behind to clean off
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Post by n0m4d on March 16th 2012, 4:36 pm

Thanks for the heads up on the tape. I am not sure any tape is less sticky than this Harbor Freight blue tape I'm using. I haven't noticed residue but it sure does smell funny ;-). I will get a roll of the good green tape when its time to mask off the new paint.
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Post by n0m4d on April 10th 2012, 2:18 pm

I know its been a while but I spent the weekend working on the car again. This week I'm removing trim and cleaning the jams to prepare them for paint. I have a friend coming over to weld in patches in a few rust spots I found. Once those are finished, and filled I will be finally laying on the Brightside!

Some pics:




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Post by n0m4d on April 10th 2012, 9:46 pm

Painted the underside of the hood and trunk with Rustoleum navy blue in a rattle can. The color is a little lighter (or bluer) than the Brightside Flag Blue but barely. Shouldn't be noticable on the underside of the hood and trunk.


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Post by n0m4d on May 22nd 2012, 9:25 am

I had to take a break from the project to replace a dead truck, get ready for LeMons season and was sick for a little while but I'm now back on track.

Well I have finished all of the bodywork and priming and laid down my first 3 coats. I'm using a 3:2 mix and the roller is laying the paint on nearly frothy. Tipping takes most of the bubbles out but the car is covered in little tiny bubbles. I'm going to wet sand smooth and make some adjustments, possibly ditching the roller for a large foam brush or maybe changing the ratio.

Otherwise, its looking good. Here are the before pics:





Here are coat 1 pics:





Here is the second coat:




I'll post third coat closeups later today.
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Post by e34touring on May 23rd 2012, 10:53 am

Great e30 project! It is looking good. I am also restoring an old BMW, mine will be topside navy blue when I get around to painting it. What are you plans for the engine? Are you keeping the m20 or moving up to the m/s50?
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