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my buddy's E28 rebuild

Discussion in 'E28' started by mizhan, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. bimmerholic

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    Chris, about time you kick start your project too!
     
  2. johnj

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    Really really mindblowing....
     
  3. rezzsya

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    What a poison thread..its killing me.
     
  4. plutoII

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    In the last update, we looked at the current state of the Beemer's paintwork, and will commence work on the paintwork next week.

    Here, we are bringing you back to the stage before the car was re-sprayed, to demonstrate the importance of addressing a classic, sore area of all older Beemers...the anodized aluminium trim pieces (often mistakenly assumed by many old timers as "chrome").

    Even in newer E39s, these anodized trim pieces have often turned whitish, with "fungus-like" patches on them (see pic below). Many owners turn to the classic Autosol or similar products....with limited success. This problem is not dirt or oxidation on the surface, hence, it cannot be completely remedied by rubbing hard with Autosol or similar products.
    Regardless of any killer paintwork, stupendous oversized rims, bombastic bodykits, any Beemer won't look immaculate if these trims are diseased with the white fungus-like stuff.

    Before the vehicle was re-sprayed, we took the opportunity to make these trims look as presentable as possible. Highly labour intensive work. This project Beemer was stored for more than 10yrs, and even then, its anodized aluminium trim looked horrible. No amount of "metal polishes" could make it look great.
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    WIP pics
    There are many techniques used to restore these trims.
    Our preferred method is not to use any chemicals and not removing these trims from the vehicle. Even if the old paintwork is damaged, no worries at all cos we'll be respraying the entire vehicle anyway.
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    To maintain the authenticity, the trick (and difficulty) was to achieve the same OEM "slightly blur" brushed aluminium look. Finished results...
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  5. plutoII

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    With the windscreen removed, the dashboard's upper section and defroster vents could be properly detailed.
    This is necessary as this dear E28 has been neglected for more than 10years. Once the windscreen is re-installed with new rubber lining and trim pieces, it'll be very difficult to do a great job.

    After spending 3months at the spray shop, and having been stored for more than a decade, the tired-looking very old dashboard was soaked with Einszett Cockpit Premium for 15mins and shot with dry steam, while gently scrubbed with an assortment of brushes (Beforehand, we checked to ensure the dashboard has never been repaired or resprayed before)
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    After proper cleaning, the dashboard had that nice, original matt look (albeit patchy in some places, probably due to aging) before any matt-effect dressing was applied - pic below.
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    Gap between dash and firewall and long + centre defroster vents..all clean, matte looking.
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    :driver:Some forumers can probably recognise the white E36 M3 in the background (more on this vehicle later):rock:
     
  6. plutoII

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    A few more goodies reached us from this car-crazy E28 owner

    This rare piece will be restored.
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    Don't know where the hell he gets these things!:marchmellow:
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    More nice stuff coming from the BMW Santa Claus!
     
  7. -fm-

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    Superb E28! My favourite 5 series.
     
  8. mizhan

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    haiyo... for such a gorgeous car, put on new badges and gearknob laaa.. :p


     
  9. mizhan

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    new badges like dis la Bert..

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  10. mizhan

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    a new knob.. cheap cheap!

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  11. plutoII

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    At last...all major tasks that need to be done are finally completed. The owner of this immaculate ride has also fitted old-school Alpina rims (with black centres) which is commensurate with the vehicle's era (the good ol days!).
     
  12. plutoII

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    Damn!!!...that red beauty sure looks HOT! Thanks Mizhan...for taking the time off to snap some great pics.
     
  13. ICEMAN 68

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    any updates on this beast ?
     

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