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  1. Can anybody please tell me a good place to do a full restoration from ground up for a BMW E30? Much appreciated!
  2. It’s been a while I was thinking of getting a BMW E36. But finally I end up getting an E30. The car has not been abused, but it has accumulated work over the period that needs attention. My intention is to gather up all missing bits and pieces together and build the car back to its original glory. This might not be a big project comparing to some ground up projects and restores. But all help and suggestions are welcome. Here are the things I will have to attend immediately. Complete restore of the instrument cluster. Meters worked for few days after me getting the car, except for the Odometer. However stopped working due to a shudder while I was reversing the car. Coolant leak occurred last week. It’s coming from the water pump. Will be taking it out at the local garage. AC fan seems working even at “0” position. And the AC switch is broken so it’s in the on position all the time. There are small works remaining in rest of the car. For example broken winders, shaky door looks, some interior parts, and a good paint job.
  3. Hi Guys, As you can see in the below image in my Nissan TIIDA Latio's driver side door pull, the wood grain is worn off. I'm just wondering is there a way to restore these or replace these? If so some info on places to repair / buy would be great help. Seeking some advises from AL experts
  4. Hi, Are there any places to restore dented steel rims? What will be the better choice, repair the dented rim or replace it with a new one? And how much will it cost roughly?
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    Jay Leno's Garage

    Guys, Here is a good youtube channel that you will find it interesting to watch. https://www.youtube.com/user/JayLenosGarage/videos It is really an interesting to see how they have done such great works and also don't forget to watch this which is a bit funny to hear.. Hope you will enjoy..!!!
  6. I own a 96 Civic Ek3. It's door window trim molding are not in good conditioned now. They have faded and there a little cracks on the surface as well. I have attached the 2 images of these. I checked with Mr. Paint and a few other paint garages, they said those moldings are not printable and nothing can do to restore back. I'm wondering how those things give a new look as it destroys whole car's beauty. So I just found this Forever Black chemical on eBay. Before trying it out, I just wanted to know your guys idea of restoring these bad door window moldings. And have anyone of you used above chemical or any other restoring gel or chemical which you guys recommend?
  7. Hi Guys, My car is at the painter’s and since most of the external parts have been taken off for painting, I wanted make use of the opportunity and clean the fog lamps. One of the fog lamps in my car was badly discoloured due to water leaking into the assembly causing one of the screws to corrode and spread the corroded metal particles everywhere (see the images below and you’ll see what I mean). So anyway, I thought of writing a DIY for whoever might be interested in doing a full cleanup of their headlights or fog lights. I found a couple of DIYs on the forum about headlamp restoration, but thought of posting this since this is a full cleanup. Here goes… What you need: A heat gun (optional) | Silicone sealant | Sandpaper 1200 grit and 2000 grit | 3M rubbing compound (or Brasso) | Clear coat spray can (optional) | Masking Tape | A bowl of water | An old toothbrush | A little car wash | Tools to take the fog light assembly apart, a set of spanners and screwdrivers would do. 1. Take the fog lamp assembly out of your vehicle. My fog lamp assembly looked like this: See what I mean about the discolouration? Remove the mounting brackets and set them aside with the screws and clips that hold the lens and reflector in place. 2. Use the heat gun on the edge of the lens to heat the sealant and carefully pry out the lens using a screwdriver. Follow safety precautions specified on the instruction manual of your heat gun to avoid risk of injury. Once the sealant is heated up, it will start to melt partially and the lens will come out easily. There is another method to remove the lens and that is to pre heat an oven to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and put the lens in there for about 3 – 5 mins max. Leaving the light in the oven for a longer time will cause the entire assembly to melt, so you might want to be careful with this method. 3. To avoid the sealant sticking to your hand and every surface it touches, cover the sealant using masking tape. I initially thought that the masking tape wouldn’t come off due to the sealant sticking to the tape itself, but I had no problem, it came off fine. 4. Using water and the sand paper cut away the dirt and discolouration on the lens. Tear a small part of the sand paper and dip it in water and start sanding evenly across the front of the lens. I had some paint marks on my lens so I had to use the 1500 grit sand paper on those areas while I was able to sand the other areas with 2000 grit. Make sure there is enough water on the lens while sanding. The lens will become a bit foggy after sanding, don’t worry about that as we’re going to take care of it in the next step. I had to sand the inside of the lens as well. 5. Apply 3M rubbing compound (or Brasso) on the lens and polish it until the lens is nice and transparent. BEFORE AFTER Continued...
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