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Old 04-13-2005, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to remove that ugly grey coating from my side skirts and wanted to know if anyone could help me out?
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Old 04-13-2005, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I want to remove that ugly grey coating from my side skirts and wanted to know if anyone could help me out?
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Hi, not sure if we are on the same page. However, my 318 had some really ugly and faded lower panels on the sides. My car is white and the "skirts" were faded black. These panels/skirts turned out to be the actual car metal.

Anywaz...

I ended sanding down the faded black and repainted with FLAT black no-rust metal paint. I took my time and put on about four coats. The car looks great... took off about 5 years on the car.

Hope this helps.
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do a search, theres DIYs all over the place. i used castrol super clean and scrubbed a lot, then waxed them up and now they match
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well i actually am in the process of doing mine. I followed exact directions as some guy said on some site using castrol super clean letting it sit for about 3 hours with soaked paper towels and spray every 15 minutes or so to keep it moist. It started coming off but is totally impossible to get all the grey off. i worked on it for a good 4-6 hours scrubbing both sides with a kitchen brush just like he said. One side was almost decent looking the other not really. i ended up sanding down both sides super smooth after trying to remove most of the grey. Then i put a good 3 coats of black bumper paint on the other day and it came out perfect. im waiting a few days then im going to clear coat the sides so it will be nice and shiny. did the same for the back bumper all thats left is the front bumper. I will post pics soon of everything
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A while ago someone posted a DIY and i tried it on my 1995 318is. I used castrol super clean. The other materials I used were paper towles, latex gloves, a wheel brush, a kitchen sponge, and a rag. I spraid it on and let it soak for about five minutes. I did this in about two foot pices at a time. Each side took me about 30 min and i have no grey left...none. It looks brand new. Then i got my front and rear bumpers painted (it cost me $300).
My only advice is to...
-wear the gloves
-do it in a parking lot or a street..it will ruin your driveway
-I used i pice of cardboard to block the over spray from geting on my paint
-Scurb hard..once you get through the top layer it gets easier
-Be carful this stuff is very lethal
-Once the grey turns really liquidy then wip it off with a rag, then start scrubing agian
-Once your done you'll look like this
Good luck
P.S. its worth it
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thanks guys, ill let you know how it goes and post some pictures.
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