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post #1 of 7 Old 17th June 2019, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at buying an E39. Is this rust/damage (inside wheel arches)?

Hello, I am looking at purchasing this E39, and found some weird textures inside the wheel arches. Looks like it may be rust under the paint or some re-paint over some damage? Oddly this is on both rear side wheel arches. Or is this normal?
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Looks like the factory underseal/seam sealer to me. Shows up more on lighter colours.
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Looks like the factory underseal/seam sealer to me. Shows up more on lighter colours.
Agree.

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And I'll confirm: That is factory undercoating. I had to repair a lower section as part of a jackpad metal replacement. I've ground through it with the angle grinder. It can be thick in spots. Be thankful that is there and not rust!

Looks like Silverstone. Good luck with the purchase!

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Good to know - the very low side panel of my car, facing down, has that texture to the paint.

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