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Old 07-29-2010, 11:56 PM   #46
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Keep it up and you're gonna have a hell of a list to do on my car...
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:59 PM   #47
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Like what? I'm still down down to burn off the clearcoat off your car with my rotary.



Next: DIY on painting the front bumper, maybe... *shifty*
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:02 AM   #48
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My car needs a polish. Badly...
I picked up an extractor earlier this year. I need to do the interior soon.

Can't wait to hear about the bumper!
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:15 AM   #49
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Nothing fancy about the bumper, rock chips, lots of it!

The problem is I don't have enough time. If I take the bumper off the car, I'll need at least 3 days to finish and I'll have to do it during night.
If I can find a cheap 2001-2003 bumper that would be great because I can still drive the car while I work on that bumper.

I'm a serious bodywork hobbyist. Too bad water-based paint is replacing solvent paints. I was really getting the hang of it.
Oh well' I'll learn.

Some stuff I did before:

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http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=997340
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:25 AM   #50
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I have a spare bumper that I'm going to repaint. You're fogs won't fit but it will do the trick temporarily...

I have a spare bumper because of that friggin rip from the winter as well as the trim piece under the driver's side headlight to repaint.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:30 AM   #51
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Its a spare bumper, why repaint it?

Especially if it has a rip, most bodyshops would recommend changing it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:33 AM   #52
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No, the one on the car is ripped. The uninstalled spare is waiting for a repaint so I can throw it on the car as it's black...

You can borrow the spare.
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power-washing your engine bay is an awful, awful idea.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:38 AM   #54
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Ah gotcha, no rush to do the bumper!
I'll take the ripped bumper when you replace it.

Thanks Joey!
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:38 AM   #55
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power-washing your engine bay is an awful, awful idea.

Please explain.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:00 PM   #56
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I personally wouldn't do it -- to many electrical components int here that don't like water.

I have used a car wash wand on another engine bay int he past -- without pulling the trigger. The light spray rinsed the engine bay cleaner off nicely.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:44 PM   #57
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The pressure washer at the shop isn't powerful at all. I put my hand about 10 inches from the nozzle, triggered, and nothing. Its basically a glorified water hose with a bit more pressure. Noway as powerful as those self-wash places. No way.

Common sense is the key, just don't get too close and let it dry before starting the engine.
Kinda like using a rotary buffer. You can buff the entire car to a nice shine, or you can burn off the paint if you don't know what your doing.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:46 PM   #58
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I would suggest unhooking the battery before you spray the bay also
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i would suggest unhooking the battery before you spray the bay also
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:48 PM   #60
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and let it dry before starting the engine.
I disagree on that part, after you wash it, start it. a couple of reasons:
1-make sure it starts
2-The heat of the motor will dry off the excess moisture and keep the water from seeping in to places it shouldn't but really, short of submerging the engine bay, this is a silly discussion. And if the discussion were about submerging the motor, this would be a very, very different forum.
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