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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Apr-04-2018, 08:28:12 PM   #1
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Default Roofledge moulding sourcing

I am looking to replace my Roof ledge mouldings on my e36 coupe. I have called a bunch of dealers and some have told me they are NLA, others have told me back order until Aug.

Is there any way to confirm if they are NLA, and if so does anyone know who might have a pair.

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51131977682
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Default Re: Roofledge moulding sourcing

Would love help with this as well...

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Default Re: Roofledge moulding sourcing

Getbmwparts and Pelican both list those numbers as valid, so it may be that they're backordered.

I painted mine on my '96. They didn't turn out perfectly but SEM trim paint works well and lays down flat. I taped the everloving crap out of my paint beforehand and prepped well. Make sure to let the tape "float" over the depression under the trim or you'll have overspray. Remember that overspray gets on almost everything so plan to clay the car after you paint.

It's not a great solution, but it will certainly tide you over until they're back in stock.
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Default Re: Roofledge moulding sourcing

question is what are the tricks to removing and reinstalling without scratching the paint. when I used to do these on e30's they were a ***** to do and you had to lube the hell out of the trim and pinch weld
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Default Re: Roofledge moulding sourcing

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Getbmwparts and Pelican both list those numbers as valid, so it may be that they're backordered.

I painted mine on my '96. They didn't turn out perfectly but SEM trim paint works well and lays down flat. I taped the everloving crap out of my paint beforehand and prepped well. Make sure to let the tape "float" over the depression under the trim or you'll have overspray. Remember that overspray gets on almost everything so plan to clay the car after you paint.

It's not a great solution, but it will certainly tide you over until they're back in stock.
do you have any pics of your work? the existing paint on mine is still there but its bubbling up. I figured I get at it while it is still early
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Getbmwparts and Pelican both list those numbers as valid, so it may be that they're backordered.

I painted mine on my '96. They didn't turn out perfectly but SEM trim paint works well and lays down flat. I taped the everloving crap out of my paint beforehand and prepped well. Make sure to let the tape "float" over the depression under the trim or you'll have overspray. Remember that overspray gets on almost everything so plan to clay the car after you paint.

It's not a great solution, but it will certainly tide you over until they're back in stock.
Yeah I spoke to Evan at Getbmwparts today and he confirmed that they are still available, and expected to be in stock early August. So now itís just the waiting game.

I thought about painting mine, but in a few spots the factory tape or whatever it they use has already cracked and is showing metal. Idk what the best plan of attack would be. It sure sucks to not have a moulding until August. Lol
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Default Re: Roofledge moulding sourcing

You have a few options- you can sand down to bare metal then prep in stages before painting. You can also sand until you have a nice feathered edge on the well-adhered existing coating, which shows slightly but requires less prep time. The feathered edge can be minimized by using a primer coat, sanding it smooth, then using a coat of trim paint. Keep in mind that if you build on a crap foundation, you're going to waste your time. If you're going to use the existing coating as a base, it needs to be on there with no gapping or cracking.

I might have used a razor to quickly remove the stubborn areas, taking care not to gouge the trim surface. Again, tape the everloving crap out of the paint because tape is cheap and painting your roof isn't.

I don't really have any up-close pics of my work- I sold my '96 back in August of 2015 and life has been so hectic that I don't remember a ton. It was cracked and had surface rust, so it required a decent amount of prep. I don't regard painting trim as a permanent fix and just wanted to get the car looking less janky for the next owner.

Good prep yields good results. Great prep yields great results.
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