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Did a little more on the wheels today and bought this to help strip the lacquer 2f481196cee8c8d7534f443b7508f518.jpg

It won't help on the inside edge up against the centre but it took about 10mins strip the edge and the outer lip... happy days.

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My mate had an old tub of autosol in his garage so we whacked some on to see how far it has got...I'm pretty impressed so far but lots more to do then 3 more wheels!

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Also thought I'd post up pics of the shocks I bought to replace the duff Monroe ones that were fitted a few weeks ago. I paired them with the Sachs service kit and the ride is absolutely amazing. It's so smooth and compliant now so I'm sure the shocks even though new were the cause of the knocking from the rear. I'd say these are better than the Monroe equivalent and have really made the car again.

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Personally I'd say that sanding device you've used on your drill is far too abrasive and you'll need to get through some grades of wet & dry to get the lip smoothed off. Those grooves left by the dancing look rough/deep and you'll never hide them with Autosol etc...

 

A bit more elbow grease with wet and dry grades and they'll come up like mirrors IMO 

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Personally I'd say that sanding device you've used on your drill is far too abrasive and you'll need to get through some grades of wet & dry to get the lip smoothed off. Those grooves left by the dancing look rough/deep and you'll never hide them with Autosol etc...

 

A bit more elbow grease with wet and dry grades and they'll come up like mirrors IMO 

Yeah totally agree. Today was a quick test to see how it would look. I need to go through the grades like I did with the headlights to get them looking better. They are going to be polished but the main aim was to get rid of the lacquer corrosion look which was ruining them.

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Started tackling the rust today in preparation for a big order from Bilt Hamber arriving tomorrow. I wanted to sand it back to see how bad the damage was. I'll lift the arch liner properly tomorrow but it doesn't look too bad....for nowcec6e324288218335050672382a641a1.jpg

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More wheels work today...the sanding was taking forever so used paint stripper to take the lacquer off. Risky as it coukd have got on the centres but well worth it in the end. Has saved me so much time and was very careful with taping etc. Left for an hour then another coat then left for another hour. Little poke with a screwdriver and it peeled off. 96d856019bb51b404e03b7231fe70375.jpg48ea116b77ac159434170cc0c7b748c3.jpg

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I just finished removing the curb rash from a rough set of style 66's I have here. Angle grinder and mop disc and the car raised up on a lift.   Car in 3rd and rear wheels spinning. Outer lips are polished Now. 

May point being, raise the rear of your car and secure it safely and spin the wheels. A few passes with wet and dry sand paper will flitter off that lacquer in no time. That's how I finished the style 66's. They came out great. Autosol to end. Took a while to remove each wheel and refit them do them individually but WAY quicker than rubbing by hand. 

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I'm almost done now and have a metal polishing wheel on a drill to bring up the shine...good advice though. Wheels look great!

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So this happened yesterday while me daughter was asleep in the car. My wife locked the keys in and our phones wallets everything was in the car. I called the AA who advised they were an hour away so we called the police and 5 mins layer they turned up and had to break the window. Miraculously my daughter slept through the whole thing! Made a right mess inside an no doubt I'll be finding glass for months to come even though I have spent hours hoovering everything I can see. I picked up a replacement glass last night which was fun in the rain but luckily the sun is out today so will cracking on with fitting it. I managed to strip the doorcard and innards out yesterday so I'm hoping it should be straightforward...!

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So repair is all complete now. Had a nightmare hoovering glass up, it really does get everywhere. Also got stuck working out how to get the replacement glass out from the door. It had no power and all the looms were cut so ended up removing the brackets that hold the glass and then cutting the window mech to pieces to free it up. Nightmare job that b9ecf321490f53eb9b5b2e24b12da9f9.jpg8bdf70f151a410779de0b10c3f4d7fa3.jpg9ee8fd6e6f50defc5b1acbf3756749ff.jpgf9047ac8a1c62334141e96942fe5e53d.jpgef1d0d970580a5af1ed1735403145831.jpgI don't ever want to do again!

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Retrofitted M5 heated front seats to my manual car. Installed sport headlining and you can't see it but a rear blind went in to boot. Get him to work on your car...you will not regret it.

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21 hours ago, adeel43 said:

And to think it started life like thisf34d8fd8748797c8a68350cfe97f3563.jpg

 

Wow what a transformation! From ugly duckling to national beauty pageant winner.

 

She looks great mate and it was a pleasure! Great to meet you to, a top bloke!

 

Quite a few peeps commented on the exterior colour as well saying it was nice, and also the car actually drives perfectly, the engine and box have absolutely no issues. It certainly opened my eyes to what a 525d is capable of, a much underrated engine. 

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Everyone with an SE should aim to get a Sport interior in the car. For me it's a close call as to whether the facelift SE front bumper looks just as good as the Sport bumper, but when it comes to the interior - there is no contest. Black on black wins everytime. Total annihilation of grey and beige!

 

 I now just need a nice cheap black pair of Comforts to replace the M5 seats.

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