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Post by Mike MGBGT on May 23rd 2012, 2:16 pm

That looks like a good finish on the second coat. Out of interest, how many coats are you planning to do?

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Post by n0m4d on May 24th 2012, 7:31 pm

I'm leaving engine options open based on how the project comes out as a whole. I have a CAI, full "I" exhaust/header and a Turner chip for the current ecu. Those, along with the 3.25 diff I already installed should make the eta motor very driveable. I plan on cleaning up the engine bay with some paint in anycase. If the paint/body and interior rehab comes out great I will look into either making the m20 into a stroker (I have all the parts) or do a swap.

Dark blue looks so nice on BMW's, looking forward to seeing your project.

e34touring wrote: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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Post by n0m4d on May 24th 2012, 7:52 pm

Mike MGBGT wrote:That looks like a good finish on the second coat. Out of interest, how many coats are you planning to do?

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The pictures are a little deceiving but the plan is to lay down 9 coats overall. It does look good in general but I think I thinned the paint too much and used too much pressure on the roller and got too many bubbles to tip out, it ended up covered in a million little dots. I also was more aggressive that I thought with the DA sander left the doors real wavy. So what I have done is wet sanded everything smooth with 600 grit:



Then I masked off just the most noticeable areas of wavy-ness:



And laid down 3 cans of filler primer:



I now have a long sanding block so tomorrow I'm going to hit the fenders and doors with 180grit and then wetsand with 400 and 600 to level and feather. Saturday morning I am going to hit those areas again with a coat of brightside but thinned only 10%. If it looks better then I will do the car again a couple more times then wetsand it all and try 3 more final coats. I really have no idea what I am doing but I really have nothing better to do right now so I'm working slow and trying to figure stuff out.

I'll update over the weekend with the results of my first attempt at blocking.
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Post by n0m4d on May 24th 2012, 7:56 pm

As a side note, I also am starting the process of rehabbing the entire interior, repairing and swapping the dash, dyeing the carpet and seats, etc. Would it be interesting for me to post here or is that too much off topic?


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Post by e34touring on May 24th 2012, 9:18 pm

Dark blue is one of the best colors for older bmws. I am a big fan on the Lapis blue color that came on the e28/e24. The idea of an m20 stroker is intriguing. It is an indestructible block, I bet it would hold up well to the extra displacement. How much more bhp can you get from a setup like that? The 3.25 diff should make it very drivable. I was thinking of going with an m50 block with an m54 crank/rod/pistons and s50 cams. However, first thing first, get the 5 speed swap done. Hoping to get that started this weekend.

n0m4d wrote:As a side note, I also am starting the process of rehabbing the entire interior, repairing and swapping the dash, dyeing the carpet and seats, etc. Would it be interesting for me to post here or is that too much off topic?


Another-thing I want to attempt. I would be very interested! Which products do you use? I was looking at the SEM line, maybe dupli-color.
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Post by cac1967 on May 24th 2012, 9:32 pm

You can post your interior redo in the interior section, I would definately follow that post!!!!! thumbs up
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Post by n0m4d on May 25th 2012, 10:34 am

Sounds good, I will start a new project thread in the interior topic. When I get it started I will post the link here.
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Post by n0m4d on May 30th 2012, 9:03 pm

After a long weekend of painting I have wrapped up the ninth coat. I wasn't too happy about it but I ended up adding a little Penetrol to the last 3 coats to get it to level better. I mixed about 1/3 of a can (11oz) with 1.5oz of 333 and 1.5oz of Penetrol and the paint went on and leveled nicely. Here are some pics but the car is covered with pollen (not in the paint) from having the doors open all day so its not quite as shiny looking as it really is.






I'm going to try to get it out in the sun as much as possible over the next couple weeks and then start the final wet sanding and polishing.
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Post by n0m4d on May 30th 2012, 9:37 pm

While the paint is curing over the next couple weeks I'm going to get the interior rehab started. Here is what it looked like when I bought the car:




Here are some progress pics of the removal:

Carpet is in great shape but I'm going to dye it black.

Umm, yea... I have a crack free dash to swap in.

The old seats are being used for parts, the parcel shelf and B-Piller trim is being re-dyed.

Removed and pressure washed the carpet.

Need to do a little rust cleanup, but there is no rot.
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Post by e34touring on May 30th 2012, 10:29 pm

looking good! What dye are you going to use on the carpet?
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Post by n0m4d on May 31st 2012, 6:45 am

e34touring wrote:looking good! What dye are you going to use on the carpet?

I'm planning on using the Dupli-Color vinyl and fabric dye. I have been pillaging my local Advanced Auto with online coupon codes so I am limited to what they carry. From what I hear this stuff works quite good as long as you work it in with a stiff bristle brush. I expect it to take 5-6 cans.

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Post by n0m4d on June 3rd 2012, 9:22 pm

So I have moar pics for you. I spent half the weekend doing some long needed cleaning / organizing in the garage mostly so I could have the room to work on interior stuff. Inside the car I hit some the surface rust on floorboards with some Eastwood Rust Encapsulator. I also dyed the carpet and the parcel shelf which really came out great. It took less than 3 cans to get the job done and it really looks like brand new black carpet.

Here is the carpet after, it's jet black in person. I have a before pic earlier in this thread.

Here is the parcel shelf before, stripped of the speakers and vents.

Here it is after, it also looks brand new and jet black.

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Post by e34touring on June 3rd 2012, 10:49 pm

wow! looks amazing!
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Post by n0m4d on June 13th 2012, 9:14 am

I have been making a little progress. I have been working on some interior parts. I picked up a rough but crack-free dashborad last fall that I rehab'd with some dye. Here is the before:

Here is after two light coats of dye:


The dye looks so good I decided to use it on my b pillar trim and part of the center console that I had laying around.

Here is the parcel shelf reassembled:


I'm kinda waiting on a headliner before I can start re-installing interior. I also have been running wires for the stereo and wiring up things like the keyless entry and cruise control.

I also just started the final wetsanding. I did the trunk lid last night and it looks pretty good. I apparently did not keep my sandpaper clean enough and got a grain of sand or something in there and just worked it all over. Lesson learned. Tonight I'm going to re-sand those parts with 1500 and 2000 to try to undo some of the damage. I will try to get some pics of that up later in the week.
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Post by e34touring on June 13th 2012, 2:45 pm

WOW! Looks really good! Do you use any adheasion promoter? Or just straight paint?
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Post by n0m4d on June 13th 2012, 3:51 pm

I'm just cleaning the parts first with a 50/50 mix of alcohol and water than again with Klean-Strip Prep-All. From what I can see, the dye is immediately leaching into the plastic/vinyl when sprayed on. It's dry to the touch in less than 10 minutes and cannot be scratched off. Basically I have been doing everything possible to remove anything that would block the dye from soaking into the material. I was concerned that adhesion promoter would cause it to stick to the surface rather than soaking in. This is a completely uneducated guess at how the stuff works, I have read other threads where adhesion promoter is used without issues. I'm extremely pleased with my current process however, everything has been coming out better than I could have hoped for.

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Post by e34touring on June 14th 2012, 8:35 pm

cool, I will pick some of that up. Are you going to dye the seats? Will the same stuff work on leather?
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Post by n0m4d on June 14th 2012, 9:47 pm

Last fall I picked up a perfect set of black perforated leather front seats so I won't need to dye those. Since it lists leather on the can I'm going to try it on the rear seats but am going to keep an eye out for a matching black perforated leather rear in the long term to swap out. Rear seats in good shape are not too hard to come across but the ones with the center armrest and headrests are less common.
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Post by n0m4d on June 21st 2012, 4:10 pm

After a letting the paint bake for a few weeks I have started to wet sand and polish the car. I finished the hood, trunk and roof.





Since the interior has been out I ran new speaker and amp wiring, installed keyless entry and an interior light delay module. This weekend I'm swapping the dash and retrofitting cruise control from a salvage car.

Oh and the new headliner shipped today too! That was preventing me from installing the glass.
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Post by cac1967 on June 21st 2012, 6:02 pm

Look's great so far!!!! thumbs up
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Post by e34touring on June 21st 2012, 6:38 pm

wow! great shine!
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Post by rmdhokie on June 21st 2012, 7:50 pm

Great paint work and really impressed with your dye on interior pieces.
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Post by n0m4d on June 27th 2012, 11:11 pm

Well, one of the jobs I was looking forward to the least is finally done. I got the carpet and dash in and finished all of the wiring tasks. I also lubed all the HVAC cables, replaced the duct seals and cleaned/checked every connection for any corrosion. Here is a progress pic, doesn't that look like fun:

I also replaced the shift/ebrake boots and swapped in a leather ebrake handle and chrome knob. I need to source the hardware for the knee panel and I am waiting for a mod that replaces the service interval meter with a voltage meter before I re-install the gauge cluster.


Now that the dash swap is done the car is feeling like it's coming back together.

Next few days will be back to the wet sanding grind.
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Post by cac1967 on June 28th 2012, 10:27 pm

Man that look's great!!!!!! keep up the great work!!!!!!! thumbs up
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on July 4th 2012, 8:04 pm

That's gonna be a nice ride.
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