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Old 06-27-2008, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Installing New E21 Hood Insulation

Could someone please either direct me to an old thread that has any tips on doing this? Tried using the Search feature, but couldn't find anything. I've already removed my old dried up foam sound deadening material on my '82 E21. I'm going to get a new one from my local BMW parts shop (Mesa Performance in Costa Mesa, CA).

Just curious if anyone's done this and can offer any tips. Or does the new one simply have the peel off backing and get stuck to the hood? Removing the old glue is a major pain. It came off around the edges, but most of it is still on there. I'm thinking that, hopefully, the new self adhesive foam will stick to the hood and I'm done.

There are two small bars that go from left to right and attach to the hood hinges, however. Those look like the only area of difficulty, so far. Thanks in advance.
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you do know that the success of your project relies on clean surface/s. So, it will be to ur benefit if u remove as much of the old foam-this u can do by using kitchen pot scrubbers. The old glue residue that remains should be alright, but if u want to do a really clean job. experiment with solvents- i would try gasoline ;-)

*make sure you work in open air tho'
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you do know that the success of your project relies on clean surface/s. So, it will be to ur benefit if u remove as much of the old foam-this u can do by using kitchen pot scrubbers. The old glue residue that remains should be alright, but if u want to do a really clean job. experiment with solvents- i would try gasoline ;-)

*make sure you work in open air tho'
Thanks for the reply... yeah, already tried lacquer thinner and Gunk Engine Cleaner to remove the glue. That stuff's on there for life. HAHA!! I'm thinkin' that it'll be fine, since I have all of the foam removed. I was just hoping to hear from people that have already installed new foam.

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Well... other than the incorrect muffler, I guess. But thanks! It's a fun little car. Just wish that Euro bumpers weren't so damned expensive. I'm on a budget so I just did my own front bumper tuck and got rid of the front side reflectors.
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