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5 minutes ago, NZ BMW said:

I thought it was going to be a solution to the cloudy chrome. But looks like there is no cure! 
 

What/how did you go about painting them?

Yeah these are anodised aluminium producing a fine chrome finish for a short period. Scuffed them up with 320 then a few light coats of etch primer, followed by some satin black. The pillars and pieces around the mirrors were just scuffed with 800 then a few coats of the same satin black. 

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Never noticed msport also have black trim on the inside of the doors until i was swapping them over myself. Guessing you not going to worry about that though ?

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38 minutes ago, BreakMyWindow said:

Got around to sorting out the crusty “chrome” window trims. 
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That's an amazing looking result, nice one.

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4 minutes ago, Eagle said:

Never noticed msport also have black trim on the inside of the doors until i was swapping them over myself. Guessing you not going to worry about that though ?

Yep will be sorting that when I can get more paint and possibly pickup some nicer rear door cards.

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Yeah wouldn't want to do it twice either. I had to JB weld my rear door cars as they pulled part which dragged out the job till the next day. 

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10 hours ago, BreakMyWindow said:

Yeah these are anodised aluminium producing a fine chrome finish for a short period. Scuffed them up with 320 then a few light coats of etch primer, followed by some satin black. The pillars and pieces around the mirrors were just scuffed with 800 then a few coats of the same satin black. 

Nice better than the “I plasti-dipped my trim” you  see some people do. 

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3 hours ago, NZ BMW said:

Nice better than the “I plasti-dipped my trim” you  see some people do. 

Hey, I did that! 😁 Going on 5+ years and it still looks like new. 😎

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1 hour ago, M3AN said:

Hey, I did that! 😁 Going on 5+ years and it still looks like new. 😎

You disappoint me, Dave. 😆

So it does actually hold up? I feel a little embarrassed, trust me to post that and someone here has done it!

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Results speak for themselves 

Great job. 

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7 minutes ago, NZ BMW said:

You disappoint me, Dave. 😆

So it does actually hold up? I feel a little embarrassed, trust me to post that and someone here has done it!

No worries, and yep it holds up fine.

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Few little things done to kill time over lock-down.

Replaced the sun-damaged outer door handles with some in better condition. These are an absolute cunofajob to install and i now wish i had just masked and painted the originals. I also fitted the shadow line door card strips as the chrome with shadowline outter window trims bugged me.
 

Before :

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After:

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Had an issue with the central locking not working and the drivers door master switch not operating the other windows. After about 10 hours of dismantling and troubleshooting I found the p-bus wire in the passenger front door loom connector was shorting against the neighbouring wires. Wish I had checked it first! But was good to learn more about e39 elec troubleshooting.

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Very nice. It's always good to get the little things out of the way. Of course while little they end up being quite difficult, fiddly jobs. 

At least it's done! 

What's next? 

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On 5/18/2020 at 7:44 PM, Michael. said:

What's next?

The front bumper has been annoying me. Needs crack repairs then a full prep n paint.

The damage and cracks

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Starting the repairs. I’ve drilled holes at the ends of the cracks to stop them growing. Added a bit of drift stitching to the separated area. Was an awkward position to drill, hence blood. The next stage will be prepping for some fibreglass resin.

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