Back to BMW - My first E60

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    I remember your reports on this one, Sean - and the care you took of her with detailing etc. :salut:
     
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    Audio upgrade in progress... fittig a 10" amplified sub to improve the bass.

    They are also working on a beautiful 575M, took some pics of that too :)[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    You've obviously decided to keep the e60 for a while, then. :whistle: :D

    Not 'feeling' the Ferrari in white, though.......:oops:
     
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    Took some time to clean, polish and wax the E60 today. Some pics of her alongside stock and projects at my place...

    Oh and we bought a Scimitar yesterday to restore, 3.0l 70s beast! Pics below [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    The e60 looks great for the mileage. I’m on my third 5 series currently and do like it. I think the best all rounder I had was my e39 530i Sport. Absolutely fantastic car.

    My e39 M5 was a beast but a failed bottom end and marriage, kids, house etc...caused me to get out of it and BMW for a few years.

    Fast forward to 2016 and my third one is brilliant. Not great on fuel though

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    Cheers and enjoy


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    @megae39fan I can thoroughly recommend wet-sanding those headlights, before the 'hazing' gets worse - which it will!

    I did mine [with heart in mouth at first :eek:] and the difference was night & day [literally :D]
     
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    Cheers I've been following your thread re your E61 M5, great car

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    Definitely Slim, that job has been on my list since I bought it.

    Going to research the proper method (without using a DA polisher) and have a go tmrw

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    The cars looking in reasonable shape alright. These cars were built for the motorway so do high miles easily. You know it already - swirl flap delete. I did mine with 100k on the clock. The plastic was starting to delaminate! Turns out the car had done 105k 5 years before I bought it .

    The scimitar is a nice car. I see one driving past me on my regular commute.


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    Tried the wet sanding method with Holts Headlight Restoration Kit, upper images in the first two pics is the 'after' shot.

    Not overly ecstatic with the result but a definite improvement. Odd thing is they still look hazy despite following instructions to the letter.

    I even used some Plast-RX when I'd done which improved them slightly.

    So will see how it goes and either get them done again by a professional and get some new headlights.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Here are mine done about 2.5/3 years ago. Started with 800 grit, then 1200, then 1500 then [iirc] 2000, finishing off at 5000 - going in alternative directions with each grade. I soaked the wet 'n dry overnight & used a dab of soap to take the worst of the 'bite' off the coarse grades. Finally, G3 applied with a 2" wool pad in the DA. My heart was in my mouth when I started as I have the Adaptive Xenons, which are mega money to replace.....:eek:

    They've lasted quite well, and I only gave them a fresh rub with G3 to refresh.

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    Managed to get back into P/Bucket, and here's a better direct comparison

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    Great transformation Slim.

    I started with 800, then 1200, 1500 and finally 3000 grade sandpaper - which were circular discs fixed to a velcro pad on a drill fitment. Went over the lights twice, wetting the lights and sandpaper before each pad.

    Then used an abrasive polish with a 3" circular polish pad and finished off with a spray sealant.

    Can't figure out why it didn't do the job

    Looking at yours, now I'm even more disappointed

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    Wow. I’d be well pleased with that


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    Sorry, I didn't mean to make you feel inadequate. :oops:

    Is it possible that some of what you're left with is 'staining' on the inside of the lenses, left perhaps as a result of condensation over the years? :?
     
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    No worries, it's more motivation to rectify the lenses

    I had another go with the foam pad drill attachmemt and some Megs Plast-RX. After 3 applications the lenses are now definitely clearer. I'll post a photo tmrw to show the difference.

    I was looking at the G3 range in Halfords trying to find the correct product, can you tell me the full name?

    Cheers

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    Farecla G3 compound- probably what you saw in Halfrauds. I just bought a small tube, I'll get a pic tomorrow if that helps?
     
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    Cheers Slim

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    @megae39fan Here you go, mate.

    I only bought the small tube because I have other compounds/polishes [too many tbh :oops:] and it worked a treat - other compounds are available, as they say in the ads. :D

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    Thanks Slim, appreciate it. Will order some

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