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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-03-2005, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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trying to get instructions on how to polish my valve cover? has anyone done this or powder coated? costs????? thanks for your help
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Old 06-04-2005, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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trying to get instructions on how to polish my valve cover? has anyone done this or powder coated? costs????? thanks for your help*
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They look better in wrinkle finish with the ribs polished. Buy some plastikote wrinkle finish valve cover paint, spray the cover, let it cure and then poilsh the
bmw letters and ribs with a polishing wheel. Edit just noticed you have a 318.
Cost: $8 for paint
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Old 06-04-2005, 09:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by egk2+Jun 4 2005, 07:23 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(egk2 @ Jun 4 2005, 07:23 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-bimmerboy30@Jun 3 2005, 09:00 PM
trying to get instructions on how to polish my valve cover? has anyone done this or powder coated? costs????? thanks for your help*
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They look better in wrinkle finish with the ribs polished. Buy some plastikote wrinkle finish valve cover paint, spray the cover, let it cure and then poilsh the
bmw letters and ribs with a polishing wheel. Edit just noticed you have a 318.
Cost: $8 for paint
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the paint wont chip or peal with the hight temp?
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VHT or Dupli color has high temp. engine paint.Use that.Make sure you clean off the valve cover from grease or dust.
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Used plastikote wrinkle paint, high temp of course, I prepped the surface with
a Rolec polishing wheel, cleaned it with acrysolv, shot some self etching primer down, then sprayed it with wrinkle paint, let it cure, then finally polished the paint off the ribs and bmw logo/letters, it is very durable.


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Hey bimmerboy whats done to your car cause i see all those decals is there stuff in your car or is the decals just to add hp
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dont try polishing, its cast so there is air pockets, i can show you what a pollished cover looks like because i did mine, takes like 4 days and cause of the casting it doesn't look to hot, if i got it cleared it would look decent. but still with the oil and other stuff that gets on it its a pain to keep clean. i recomend painting it.
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Hey bimmerboy whats done to your car cause i see all those decals is there stuff in your car or is the decals just to add hp
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all decals on my car are actual products i have in or on my car, thank you very much. I dont believe in perpatrating.
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