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I looks awesome. Really really nice. Great job.

 

I still maintain that a lowered facelift SE looks better than a lowered Sport. All day long.

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Thanks...the wheels look good in the pictures but they are in need of a refurb. The lacquer has lifted and is looking pretty poor. I'm tempted to just polish them in a situ as to refurb properly I'm looking at £400 +

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Cars looking great bud. 

 

Whered u get the paint job done? 

Was a guy in East London called Oleg who I met through the E39 group on Facebook

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So after putting it off for a while I tackled refurbishing the headlights on the car. It took much longer to do than I thought and I spent about 3 hours in total sanding and polishing one headlight. I went through the grades of 600...1500...2000..3000...5000 and then polished with medium pads on a rotary. There are still some fine sanding marks which I need to remove but it is 90% as new with the other one looking awful!

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Also not sure if you can see it but ended up taking the headlight out to remove the giant daddy long legs that was stuck in there!

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Had a poke around the car today in preparation for a major detail next week and found the first bit of rust I have seen on it poking through behind the front mudflap. Really annoyed that I hadn't noticed it sooner bit it has hit both sides. Judging by how wet it was when I took them off and how much dirt fell out from behind them I should have taken them off sooner. Need to now get another thing sorted when I thought I was done as it will only get worse....can I DIY or leave it to the pros?

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I've got similar on the drivers side; right under the mudflap etc...

 

But on the NS I've got a bubble about half way along and right in the middle; I'll get both sills sorted properly later this year by a pal that does bodywork etc...

 

I'd say if you can get away with a local repair then do it; but I can't with mine :( 

 

I've a few other little bits as well that I'd like sorting, so makes sense to get them all done at the same time!

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Deffo; more so as you'll be able to cover most of it by the mudflap ;)

 

Some sandpaper, hammerite krust and an hour or so and it'll look fine!

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I'm in two minds if the Mudflaps should go back on. I'm sure they have contributed heavily to the problem but you are right in that it will cover most of the repair!

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I was in the same mind; but having had new alloys on and with them spaced out; it's amazing how much crap/scratches/stone chips they save the sides/rear arches of the car from!

 

Drove mine for a few weeks without them on and noticed a load more tar stuck to the lower part of the car, but also stone chips and scratches on the rear doors and fronts of the rear arches!

 

They do serve a purpose and do a good job of it too!

 

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Have ordered some stuff to tackle the rust now so will update as I go. Not wanting to tackle the other headlight I thought I would see see if I could improve the wheels. Having read so much on running polished rims I decided I'm going to try the Style 42's polished! I've got a fairly decent grip on sanding paint so to remove the lacquer on the dishes shouldn't be too much harder. I ordered some 120 grit wet and dry paper and started sanding. After 2 hours In realised this won't be quick or easy but the end results will be worth it! 808cbea5998e038caa7bb2155b642f54.jpg5ef09bc8b8255dfbac4e8f0a459db695.jpg653ba81f6e2079e03ea01e54a71a112c.jpgc8c63d63f38c8115365e189df60d1b5b.jpg56cffcf43bfa3252567bd86c61b77d56.jpg3b3d20ed677b831b551b054acdf13f72.jpg876b4c0b846ac2a4c13f63ef87db3972.jpge5d286ada476354b95b3ba4ad90ed88e.jpgfa39bef52988f19b3de5b63b62a0c000.jpg

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I also sanded the inside of the spokes as they were stained probably from strong products. It already looks better and I'm only about 20% done! If I could find a way to get the lacquer off quicker it would save alot of time.

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Finished the refurb on the headlights today and she is looking all the better for it. Got polish splatter all over the engine bay so will need to tidy that up next week. When I had finished the outer lens is as good as it will get but the inner lens looks filthy. I'll need to see if I can somehow clean inside through one of the holes..!

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Did it by hand and I'd say I spent about an hour sanding each side. Started with 600 then worked through the grades to 1500 2000 3000 and finished with 5000. Then had some small pads on the rotary to Polish again going through 3 grades of Menzerna polishes.

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