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… a full makeover of course!

I’ve just got my car back from some significant cosmetic surgery, the entire process has taken 6 weeks so I’m very glad to have her back!

As she was approaching her 8th birthday (first registered in the UK on 1st March 2003) I thought it was time to give her a treat. As some of you may know, two years ago I had some paintwork done under warranty (see http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...nty-repair-filler-flap-rust-very-unhappy.html) to fix a very small amount of paint bubbling inside the fuel filler flap, I also had some other bits done at the same time. In retrospect it was a bad decision to use the BMW to do the work under warranty, the job they did was appalling and had to be redone 3 times before it was barely acceptable. Even after three attempts by the BMW approved body shop (Evans Halshaw in Leeds, never ever send a car there) there were some defects that I knew I could not live with :

- Micro blisters on top of both C pillars.
- Appalling paint quality inside the fuel filler flap.
- Masking lines where they had not removed trim when repainting.
- Paint bubbling up on the filler flap seam after 18 months.

BMW acknowledged the faults and offered to fix them, I basically told them that there was no way my car was going back to their body shop.

There were also a few minor blemishes in the paintwork elsewhere on the car, something on almost every panel.

- Stone chips on front bumper, bonnet, front wings and wing mirrors.
- Bird lime marks on the roof and sun roof.
- Three small dings on the passenger side front door over a double skinned area.
- Small scratches on the boot lid.
- Small scratches on the driver’s door.
- Mark on the bumper caused by the BMW garage when changing my diff seals.

So I decided a full respray was the only way forwards. After looking for a good pain shop for about a year I decided on Chris Gregory Body repair shop, auto refinishing, Harrogate, Leeds, York - Chris Gregory a small paint shop based in Knaresborough only about 5 miles away. He examined the car and spotted almost all the defects pretty quickly without prompting, the work he had in the shop gave me confidence that he could do the job to my standard – and I’m pretty darn picky!

Now, while the work was being done I thought I might as well get a few trim pieces replaced at the same time, most would have to be removed anyway, the final list was slightly longer then I initially anticipated!

Here’s the list of stuff that was changed :

16 11 6 758 273 Top section of filler pipe
51 13 8 159 293 Front left wing rubbing strip
51 13 8 159 294 Front right wing rubbing strip
51 13 8 159 295 Front left door rubbing strip
51 13 8 159 296 Front right door rubbing strip
51 13 8 159 297 Rear left door rubbing strip
51 13 8 159 298 Rear right door rubbing strip
51 14 1 807 495 2 off Grommet for fastening bonnet badge
51 14 8 132 375 Bonnet badge
51 14 8 203 864 Boot lid badge
51 14 8 209 932 2 off Grommet for fastening boot badge
51 16 2 694 893 Wing mirror, left
51 16 2 694 894 Wing mirror, right
51 23 8 176 594 2 off Upper part of bonnet catch
51 23 8 203 862 2 off Lower part of bonnet catch
51 31 8 159 785 Rear window seal, upper
51 31 8 159 786 Rear window seal, lower
51 32 2 427 409 Front left door upper high gloss shadow line trim
51 32 2 427 410 Front right door upper high gloss shadow line trim
51 32 7 890 087 Front left door rear high gloss shadow line trim
51 34 7 890 091 Rear left door divider high gloss shadow line trim
51 34 7 890 092 Rear right door divider high gloss shadow line trim
51 48 8 230 221 Left rear door vapour barrier
51 48 8 230 222 Right rear door vapour barrier
51 71 0 141 495 Adhesive spoiler tape
51 71 2 498 939 Front air duct
51 71 7 901 594 Rear spoiler
51 71 8 159 423 Left front wheel arch liner
51 71 8 159 424 Right front wheel arch liner
63 17 7 894 017 Fog light, left
63 17 7 894 018 Fog light, right
83 19 0 153 321 Butyl tape for door vapour barriers
51 11 7 894 139 Moulding Bumper Rocker Panel Front Left, M - PDC
51 11 7 894 140 Moulding Bumper Rocker Panel Front Right, M - PDC
51 11 8 191 149 2 Off Front Bumper Gasket, 2125mm
51 13 8 174 893 14 Off Clamp WEISS
51 16 7 110 205 Left Rear Door Sun Blind, DUNKELGRAU
51 16 8 191 679 Sun Blind Support
51 21 1 973 382 6 Off Torx Bolt, ISA M6X12
51 22 0 402 747 Left Rear Sealing Between Door and Roof Frame
51 22 0 402 748 Right Rear Sealing Between Door and Roof Frame
51 22 8 159 813 Rear Left Sealing Between Door Column
51 34 8 201 061 Left Rear Sealing (Rear Part)
51 34 8 201 062 Right Rear Sealing (Rear Part)
51 34 8 207 185 Left Rear Sealing (Front Part)
51 34 8 207 186 Right Rear Sealing (Front Part)
51 49 8 186 782 Interior Boot Trim Moulding Cover
54 10 7 245 551 Circular Sliding/Lifting Roof Cover Gasket, L=2730MM
51 21 2 427 415 Exterior Left Front Moulding, GLANZSCHWARZ
51 21 2 427 416 Exterior Right Front Moulding, GLANZSCHWARZ
51 21 8 159 235 Front door weather strip outer left
51 21 8 159 236 Front door weather strip outer right
51 22 2 427 417 Waist Rail Trim Strip, Exterior, Left Rear, GLANZSCHWARZ
51 22 2 427 418 Waist Rail Trim Strip, Exterior, Right Rear, GLANZSCHWARZ
51 22 8 159 021 Rear door weather strip outer left
51 22 8 159 022 Rear door weather strip outer right
51 13 1 961 243 Plug in Nut

And I thought I might as well complete my double glazing retrofit, I’d previously done the front windows, but left the rear as it would involve taking out the rear quarter light. As those were coming out anyway …

51 22 2 694 049 Forward Left interior chest strip
51 22 2 694 050 Forward Right interior chest strip
51 22 2 694 045 Rear Left interior chest strip
51 22 2 694 046 Rear Right interior chest strip
51 34 8 160 983 Double Glazing Rear Left
51 34 8 160 984 Double Glazing Rear Right
51 34 8 160 985 Double Glazing Fixed Door Left
51 34 8 160 986 Double Glazing Fixed Door Right
51 34 7 078 475 Rear Left Door Cover with Switch
51 34 7 078 476 Rear Left Door Cover with Switch
51 34 8 193 139 Rear Left Window Guide
51 34 8 193 140 Rear Right Left Window Guide

So the work was ready to begin.

First the trim was removed and bodywork prepared

The three small dings on the passenger side door were filled



A minor door ding in the driver’s door filled



Rear bumper, lights, boot trim and rear window removed



Front bumper, headlights and trim removed



Front bumper stripped back to plastic and primed



Rear bumper re-painted



Front bumper re-painted



Bonnet and wings stripped back to bare metal and primed, there were 5 layers of old paint on the bonnet! A guide coat was applied to the primer so that it could be sanded down before applying the base coat.







Rear wings taken back to bare metal at the top to remove micro blistering caused by the BMW body shop.







Inside the fuel filler flap stripped back to bare metal and primed.



Entire car sanded down ready for the base coat. We nearly decided not to remove the plug in nuts that hold the rear number plate on, but finally decided it was best. This proved to be a good decision as there was a small amount of corrosion starting to track under the paint from the left side hole, this meant that I've lost the VIN sticker as it was over the corrosion track. Nothing was visible before removing the nut, unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the corrosion.









A small spot on the top of the roof had started to rust so that was stripped back.



Inside the spray booth base coat applied















All the small imperfections in the clear coat are sanded out



Initial polishing is started

Each panel was wet sanded before polishing















Finally coming back together at the rear





At last, time to collect here, and it was a sunny day too! I went with Glyn O’Donnell of Carnossieur Elite Auto Detailer, who is a SwissVax instructor and details my car, he did an exhaustive inspection.















The eagle eyed (Tiago!) will notice that there is still some holograming in the paint, this is intentional to some extent. The car has not been fully detailed as it’s best to let the paint harden and solvents dry out for a few weeks before the final stage polishing and waxing.

Overall, I’m very happy with the result, in Glyn’s words "They’ve done an exceptional job.", there are one or two very small defects and these will be corrected next week, but overall the car looks stunning and it will look even better when it's been detailed and waxed. I'll take some more pictures when the detail is complete, with a bit of luck I might have my standard M5 wheels back from Rimstock by then.

So, Happy Birthday to my beast!
 

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Looking very nice - look forward to seeing the finished look with wheels etc too :)
 

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Lovely Richard. She looks nr perfect now.

On a side note where the double glazed windows expensive? I have some scratches in mine and have thought about getting some replacement glass
 
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Richard. That looks superb mate. I'm sure after the detailing it will look like the paint's still wet!

The only problem for me would be finding an M5 shaped cotton wool blanket to wrap it in. I'd seriously be bricking it regarding bird poo and the like!!


Attention to detail is amazing, a real credit to yourself and the paint shop in automotive respect and the quest for perfection
 

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Outstanding! Congratulations.

Minor question - why were the small dents filled rather than pulled (e.g., paintless dent removal)?

By the way, your body shop should be able to obtain a VIN sticker from BMW. I don't know exactly what is required, but of course BMW requires proper documentation regarding the car before it will ship the sticker.
 
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Its such an ugly dirty process to make it look so amazing.

Well done!
 
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On a side note where the double glazed windows expensive? I have some scratches in mine and have thought about getting some replacement glass
The rear door opening window glass were £237.86 each from BMMini Parts, the quater lights were £174.44 each. The front window units were £180.80 when I bought them abot a year ago, but I knew the parts guy and got a good discount on them.
 

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Minor question - why were the small dents filled rather than pulled (e.g., paintless dent removal)?
The one in the drivers door could have been tweaked from the inside, 6 of one, half a dozen of the other. The 3 on the passenger door were on a double skin section and could not be accessed to get them out.

By the way, your body shop should be able to obtain a VIN sticker from BMW. I don't know exactly what is required, but of course BMW requires proper documentation regarding the car before it will ship the sticker.
I'll ask about that, it would be nice to have it even though you can't see it!
 

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What a great birthday present.Wow!!
 
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There are some higher res pictures in my gallery, you get a better idea of the quality of the finish, here is one

 
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