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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Dec-01-2017, 02:49:02 AM   #21
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Please share the ceramic trim restorer product you used on the aux fan, and the black paint used on the suspension components that weren't powder coated.

What process was used to restore the bolts?
I believe he used CarPro DLux for the ceramic coating
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What do you coat the aluminum parts with after glass blasting?
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Old Fri, Dec-01-2017, 06:24:17 PM   #25
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What do you coat the aluminum parts with after glass blasting?
Nothing. That is another pet peeve of mine, people who paint aluminum. I use 300grit glass media in my blast cabinet. This strips and polishes the surface keeping the pores closed. If you blast with anything coarser than 150 grit it will leave the pores open which leads to corrosion.

I would really like a vibrating polishing tank large enough to hold a head though. This would be the best method for aluminum finishing (after blasting).
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Old Fri, Dec-01-2017, 07:49:17 PM   #26
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That is definitely a LOT of work that you've done so far, but unless I missed something, I have to ask. What in the world for?? You mentioned that your plan was to buy, rebuild/fix, and sell. I would hope that you plan on making a mountain of profit, because I would imagine that the labor alone sets you back quite a bit, never mind all the new parts. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for flipping cars for profit, but I just can't see this being a monetarily worthwhile project unless you got that car for just about nothing.

And btw, it definitely seems that your mechanical skills have come quite a long way since we met way back when (at least based on the threads you used to post). Are you ASE-certified? Or is this all self-taught?
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Nothing. That is another pet peeve of mine, people who paint aluminum. I use 300grit glass media in my blast cabinet. This strips and polishes the surface keeping the pores closed. If you blast with anything coarser than 150 grit it will leave the pores open which leads to corrosion.

I would really like a vibrating polishing tank large enough to hold a head though. This would be the best method for aluminum finishing.
What about soda blasting?
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What in the world for?? You mentioned that your plan was to buy, rebuild/fix, and sell. I would hope that you plan on making a mountain of profit, because I would imagine that the labor alone sets you back quite a bit, never mind all the new parts. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for flipping cars for profit, but I just can't see this being a monetarily worthwhile project unless you got that car for just about nothing.

And btw, it definitely seems that your mechanical skills have come quite a long way since we met way back when (at least based on the threads you used to post). Are you ASE-certified? Or is this all self-taught?
None of this is hard. Most of it is just knowing where to take things (like the bolts) and having the tools (like the blast cabinet and media). The rest is all attention to detail, which I already know of many ways I can do even better.

Who knows if I'll profit from it. Honestly I don't care as long as the money invested is recouped (The parts alone have added up quite a bit). It serves as a platform to better my skills, make connections, and make products.

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What about soda blasting?
I believe it is less abrasive but that means if you have nasty metal it likely will not work well. That's just another tool for a job at hand. For example on the head I had to blast it twice. Once with 100 grit and then again with 300. Soda is also one time use so it is more costly and makes a huge mess in a home shop where you use an outside corner of your property to blast (versus a sealed cabinet where glass media can be reused).
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Please share the ceramic trim restorer product you used on the aux fan, and the black paint used on the suspension components that weren't powder coated.

What process was used to restore the bolts?
Car Pro Dlux for any matte trim/plastics. Paint I would recommend Fast Black. It's not cheap, but it is the best spray paint I have found so far (you must let it cure for days).

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