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A bit of a PDR magic this morning.
So, some lowlife decided to make a dent in my front fender, and it wasn't looking pretty:





So, with a heavy heart, I went to my PDR guy, hoping he wouldn't tell me it needs to go to the body shop. To my delight, he said he can pop this one out, and today I took it in. Waiting for the patient to be seen by the dent doctor:



Hard at work:




About an hour with the tools, and the fender was like new. These guys are truly magicians with the metal!



 

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Wowwwww I never in a billion years would have expected that to get fixed by PDR! Simply amazing...


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Wowwwww I never in a billion years would have expected that to get fixed by PDR! Simply amazing...


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My guy said that as long as the paint is not damaged, pretty much anything can be pulled out. In some instances it just becomes a matter of what is more cost effective. Sometimes replacing or repainting a panel is easier and cheaper than spending hours upon hours trying to pull the dent properly. Obviously, works better for more expensive or unique historic vehicles.
 

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Over time, all black plastic pieces exposed to sun and hot weather become dull, hazy, and covered with white-ish residue that just won't go away. Lifetime Texas car, my Imola bumper moldings were feeling it.

IMG_8494 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_8486 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Products designed to eliminate this type of problem, like Back-to-black do work some, but it was never really to my liking - the black was always a bit more shiny than I wanted it to be. Top - non treated, bottom - treated with B2B:

IMG_8899 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

So I finally bit the bullet, bought some new moldings (its actually surprisingly not that expensive), ripped the old ones out and cleaned all on the inside:

IMG_8900 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_8922 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Nice and minty fresh rears:

IMG_8924 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Installed:

IMG_8925 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_8926 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Fronts:

IMG_8923 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Installed:

IMG_8927 10.13.16 PM by Italian Horses, on Flickr

The car looks like it is 10 years younger. What a difference something as simple as some moldings make! The moldings are cheap, less than $150 shipped for all 4. Highly recommended.

BMW part #s:
Front Left - 51112494193
Front Right - 51112494194
Rear Left - 51122498733
Rear Right - 51122498734
 
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Your car looks so proper! I have used "forever black" and that stuff was actually like a "plastic paint" that had a foam tip and you'd depress the tip like a marker and black fluid would come out for you to "repaint" your mouldings. Just don't get any on the paint of the car, which is virtually impossible with the mouldings ON the car. It sucked.

Much better option here!
 

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So fresh looking.
Yup, its amazing how it changes the feel of the car - such a small detail, but does wonders to overall look. Thanks!

Your car looks so proper! I have used "forever black" and that stuff was actually like a "plastic paint" that had a foam tip and you'd depress the tip like a marker and black fluid would come out for you to "repaint" your mouldings. Just don't get any on the paint of the car, which is virtually impossible with the mouldings ON the car. It sucked.

Much better option here!
Thanks!
I did back-to-black or something on my E36 M3 trim and it worked great, but I have a feeling these were far too gone, as it didn't work as well. I finally decided to look how much new mouldings were, and they were surprisingly not too expensive, so I just bought new.
 

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Wow that is a good price especially for plastic parts. Looks great. Source????
 

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Wow that is a good price especially for plastic parts. Looks great. Source????
ECS - fronts are like $25 a piece, rears are $39 each.
 
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After finishing up with the suspension, I decided to finally button-up the trunk - seeing how I took it pretty much all apart while putting the shocks in. I did get missing M-mobility system and the foam piece that holds it down from Adam about a year ago, just cause I wanted the equipment to be complete.





And I thin kI also mentioned that for all the cars that don't have spares, I like to have at least a jack in the car in case I need to change the wheel. Anyway, I got the standard BMW jack from E38, and carry it in the car these days.



What really prompted me to finally finish the trunk was the fact that I needed a new battery, and once I got it, decided to clean everything up while I was at it. New battery installed - hopefully will last at least as long as the old one. Surprisingly, the best price on the battery was at O'Reillys - go figure. And it was also nice OEM-brand battery made in Germany.



Anyway, I also finally got a warning triangle that fits! And as such, that makes my toolkit finally complete!





So happy about the toolkit. I think I might have a problem :) Cleaned up the trunk lid from the inside:



And also cleaned up everything in the trunk - nice and minty.



 
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For real that trunk looks showroom fresh. No you don't have a problem from cleaning the inside of the trunk lid. I do that on my car everytime I wash it lol.

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Thanks guys. This trunk won't see any use aside from carrying my sons' backpack when I take him to school, so hopefully will stay this way for long time.
 

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Proper owner and enthusiast! Love the thread, subscribed
 
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