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Old Mon, Oct-08-2018, 10:59:44 PM   #11
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Default Replace the wiper cowling

I was supposed to be at the track with my 911 today but thunderstorms around Chi said otherwise. So, I stayed productive and spent the time on the M3.

The current cowling was cracked and faded. It had to go along with the adjacent cowling plastics.

Here's what I was dealing with:













My first move was to pop off the wipers and rid the car of these ancient plastics.





I should not have been surprised but here's what was underneath:





Simple Green, detailer's spray, microfibers and brushes to the rescue.





I first thought the rubber drain tubes from the cabin air box were black (see above for yourself). After I hit them with some 303 they started to turn white. So I pulled them and sure enough the are a light gray. Poor car. This thing had dirt everywhere. I ended up pulling the cabin air box and cleaning all ducting leading into the cabin too.







All reassembled and ready to go:





Job done!
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Old Thu, Oct-11-2018, 03:40:04 AM   #12
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Default Center stack refresh update

Paint and clearcoat are cured and the center stack is back in the car. I still need to clean the radio, but that's far down the list yet.



After painting.





After Clear coat and reassembly with a before and after:








Back in the car:



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Old Thu, Oct-11-2018, 05:07:12 AM   #13
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Default Re: Restoration Journal - Imola 6MT Cpe

Looks good. I have replaced all on mine, but in retrospect, should have probably done the same, and saved some coin. Oh well, there is ALWAYS next time. Especially with freaking "soft touch" crap on these.

Which paint/clear did you use? Looks proper semi-flat.
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Old Thu, Oct-11-2018, 04:50:20 PM   #14
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Default Re: Restoration Journal - Imola 6MT Cpe

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Looks good. I have replaced all on mine, but in retrospect, should have probably done the same, and saved some coin. Oh well, there is ALWAYS next time. Especially with freaking "soft touch" crap on these.

Which paint/clear did you use? Looks proper semi-flat.
Totally get the 'nothing is better than OEM' mentality. I promised myself (and the Mrs.) I'd keep a certain budget on this car with an open checkbook on the 911. So far I'm under it. If this were the only ride and I could see a return on all OEM parts then I'd do that. Especially when most of these individual parts are all well under a hundred bucks each. Hard to justify the math when you need to refurb/replace dozens and dozens of parts though.

To your question, sticking with SEM trim black is probably all you need here. That stuff is tough and I'm using it all over the exterior and interior black trim on the car.
http://a.co/d/fdugxBh

Clear I used is Krylon Satin:
http://a.co/d/0PTKQGx

Unlike paint you really want to avoid more than one coat of premixed clear if possible. Two MAX. Otherwise you'll get a hazy cloudy finish on top as satin dries on top of satin. Same goes for matte. Less of a problem for semi-gloss and gloss.

2k clear is a different ballgame and was overkill for a small application like this.
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Old Fri, Oct-12-2018, 03:54:14 AM   #15
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Default C Pillar Refurbish

I'm basically moving back to front. C pillars first before I put the interior back together then B then A.

Just refurbished the C pillars with factory fabric and 3M 90 spray adhesive.

What's old...




...is new again.

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Old Fri, Oct-12-2018, 07:56:41 AM   #16
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Default Re: C Pillar Refurbish

Pillars came out great. Do you think the 3M 77 would hold up as well as the 90 and did it stain the fabric on the outside?

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I'm basically moving back to front. C pillars first before I put the interior back together then B then A.

Just refurbished the C pillars with factory fabric and 3M 90 spray adhesive.

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Pillars came out great. Do you think the 3M 77 would hold up as well as the 90 and did it stain the fabric on the outside?
I wanted to do this to mine, but all of my connecting tabs are broken.
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Old Fri, Oct-12-2018, 03:15:13 PM   #18
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Default Re: Restoration Journal - Imola 6MT Cpe

Great work so far, I am really enjoying this thread. In for more updates!
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Default Re: C Pillar Refurbish

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Pillars came out great. Do you think the 3M 77 would hold up as well as the 90 and did it stain the fabric on the outside?
I’m not familiar with 77. 90 is the go to for interior guys I know so I’ve gone on their reco to only use 90. And no staining at all. 90 sprains on like a gel. Once it's tacked up after 90 seconds or so it isn't going through the fabric.
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Default Re: Restoration Journal - Imola 6MT Cpe

Everything on the car will stay OEM and original except I needed a little more induction noise while I drove it. So this morning I did one thing for myself and added an aFe Stage 2 intake I picked up from a local enthusiast. Easy swap back when needed and sounds great while driving.

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