BMW E30 Headlight Restoration | BMW E30 325i Sport Restoration E6 S1

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In episode 6 of the BMW E30 325i restoration project, I restore the headlights.
Again, these are something I have already restored before starting YT. So I bought some from eBay for the channel thinking they were pre-facelift metal frames, not facelift plastic frames. But none the less, it was still a fun restoration.
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Tools & equpitment used:

Headlight restoration kit -
Variable Speed Bench Grinder -
Quartz Lacquer -
Base Coat Paint -
Rust Remover -
Moldex Full Face Mask -
FGL 5 Spray gun -
A.N.I. R150-T Mini Spray gun -
Colad Washable Overalls -
Colad Mixing Cups -
Colad TurboMix Sticks -
Colad Synthetic Paint Strainers -
Steel wire bits -
Rotary Tool -
Concentrate Degreaser -
Mannesmann Socket Set -
Firstly I dismantled the lights completely. As most of the mounts and adjusters hadn't been moved in years, it was quite tricking getting everything apart compared to putting it back together. Once apart, I got straight to blasting the surrounding rings to remove all the rust and old paint. I then buffed them on the buffing wheel and hammered them straight as some were bent. I then etched, primed, filled, primed, painted and lacquered the rings.
The main headlight housings only need a clean and a small amount of rust removal. When I was preparing for this project, I forgot about that fact I might need to touch up the backs of the lights. I'm going to get some paint and do that in the near future.
Once everything was clean and rust free, I set about restoring the lenses. I had some trouble to begin with as the kit I got was for plastic headlights. The sandpaper did nothing to the glass. I then swapped the paper supplied for some aluminum oxide paper and that cut straight through the top layer.
After going over with 320, 600, 1000 grit sandpaper I then used some water with a 3000 grit 3M pad before moving to the orange sponge pad with cutting compound. I was happy with the ends results but I would have to do a lot more work to get rid of the chips. I could have also lacquered the lenses and may still do this.
It was then a matter of reassembling the headlights and giving them a test as I hadn't done so before then. All of the lights worked and are nice and bright. Restoration complete.

- Disclaimer: I am no professional. Especially when it comes to electrics. It is certainly an area I am looking to improve in. I am completely self-taught and have no previous trade experience. I would appreciate any feedback, advice or constructive criticism.
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  • I've always wondered what the purpose of that cutout in the reflector below the low-beam lens is.

    eraser216eraser21610 gün önce
  • You need to more time to polish for a better result and do a circular moove with your sandpaper

    Shako_QVShako_QV21 gün önce
  • Стекла новые были бы было бы идеально

    Имам КасумовИмам КасумовAylar önce
  • I love this channel! I can’t watch other restore videos, they just don’t do it right. 😂

    Fav ColorcamoFav ColorcamoAylar önce
  • if you need so e30 parts you would like to restore I will send it to you for free if you send it back afterward

    Silas DürrschnabelSilas DürrschnabelAylar önce
  • The white stuff is from the vertical paint lines that were in the headlights when they were new.

    Michael BellMichael Bell2 aylar önce
  • Bosch is not the best choice. We must put Hella. They glow better by 20-30% Diffuser (glass) is better to use Hella. The most important thing in the headlights is the reflector. It is better to replace it with used one, but in good condition. Most often reflectors fade from the use of lamps, high power.

    Денис ДенисовДенис Денисов2 aylar önce
  • Nice work! The inside looks Dull still. Use some white birdsand, then waltz and shake it around on the glass inside of the lamp... That will do the trick for most dull e30 headlights

    xraylaxxraylax2 aylar önce
  • This detail of workmanship for restoration is exactly how I like to perform my projects. Amazing results. Thanks for the tips!

    JorgeInTheTubeJorgeInTheTube2 aylar önce
  • @restoreit out of curiosity why didn't you use a UV resistant clear coat over the lenses after to stop them yellowing again?

    Tom MurphyTom Murphy2 aylar önce
  • Great job - as always. But doesn't polishing the head light glass (or plastic) change the light's index of refraction?

    Hans DampfHans Dampf2 aylar önce
  • 600g sandpaper?🤣🤣🤣

    Kljonov AlekseiKljonov Aleksei3 aylar önce
  • I don't even own an e30..

    JosrRocksJosrRocks3 aylar önce
  • Hey great work there! I was wondering why is there an aim control unit only on one pair of headlight? i have a problem with both side on my car. it seems that the gears that level the height of the lights are somehow broken or worn (kind like the odometer gears) , and as a results they immediately go back to the lowest setting. did you figure this out?

    Jonathan PerninJonathan Pernin3 aylar önce
  • а не проще ли было купить новые ?

    elvisdeadcetelvisdeadcet3 aylar önce
  • 8:37, I’m a little bit afraid to know what’s inside the lens...

    Ken TremendousKen Tremendous3 aylar önce
  • better then OEM

    Areg 1337Areg 13374 aylar önce
  • Well done 👍

    Mikita NahlinMikita Nahlin4 aylar önce
  • Question to anyone who knows. Are E34 and E30 headlights the same but for the diameter of the lenses or is the whole backplate different too? Awesome video though man, you're making something truly amazing here!

    Mr WinstonMr Winston4 aylar önce
  • This is what you call attention to detail. My goodness man, props. Seriously! This is how work is supposed to be done!

    RED HAWKRED HAWK4 aylar önce
  • Nice work 👏👏👏

    Fatih AkkayaFatih Akkaya4 aylar önce
  • What media are you using and how do you get so much media to come out of your gun?

    layton7430layton74304 aylar önce
  • amazing job ,........ i think the lights now will cost more than the car .......

    siempre bmwsiempre bmw5 aylar önce
  • Why you buy parts to show us the restoration instead of filming how you restored your own parts? I'll never understand that ...

    HappyFeetHappyFeet5 aylar önce
  • professional knoller (i can appreciate that)

    Brian SchroederBrian Schroeder5 aylar önce
  • Tip: don't use too much compound and polish which saturates and clogs your pad preventing the product to work efficiently.

    Matt PakulskiMatt Pakulski5 aylar önce
  • 13:08 what is that part for where does it connect and where to connect headlight aim unit ???

    lesafighterlesafighter6 aylar önce
  • São maravilhoso seus vídeos tenho certeza que a b.m.w vai ficar Muito linda parabéns pelo seu serviço .

    Deosdete JesusDeosdete Jesus6 aylar önce
  • How many Dremels have you owned?

    Steven SchmidtSteven Schmidt6 aylar önce
  • hey man do the video on your work shop setup, i bet many people would like to see how it looks :)

    lesafighterlesafighter6 aylar önce
  • That before\after polish made me smile, so thanks.

    Ali MaghsudiAli Maghsudi6 aylar önce
  • shut up and take my money !

    Anonim AnyAnonim Any6 aylar önce
  • Brother yg owner chalet kat Cherating.

    Princess SolacePrincess Solace6 aylar önce

    Hi AdmHi Adm6 aylar önce
  • Very nice. But you didn't show the most important part, the reflectors (the mirrors) inside. If the reflective is eaten up your light will be crap. Are the reflectors metal or plastic?

    Gplus sucks bigGplus sucks big7 aylar önce
  • Just a guessing. The white bits in the lens is either salt from the road and or hard water?

    Allen WAllen W7 aylar önce
  • rings should be chrome if it is not hella black of course

    TOTi at WORKTOTi at WORK7 aylar önce
  • Good job 👍

    Кошмар КошмарКошмар Кошмар7 aylar önce
  • God, this BMW is going to be something!

    ShvakystanShvakystan7 aylar önce
  • Восстановил блин , отпескоструил хром и запылил черным.

    VladsoffVladsoff7 aylar önce
  • 10:21 "подай иструмент" мне послышалось или воно так и есть?

    Mr.Rico_13.5Mr.Rico_13.57 aylar önce
  • Are those headlights, the same as the ones with level adjust from inside the cabin? would love to get that system working again.

    Zombie HeadZombie Head7 aylar önce
  • AWESOME work as usual but I would have dropped in a retrofit to replace optical lens and bulb holder. Still great work:)

    luis amoaluis amoa7 aylar önce
  • Nice just job brother !!!!!!

    Iron HawkIron Hawk7 aylar önce
  • 4:57

    Mr. Tutti FruttiMr. Tutti Frutti8 aylar önce
  • I might gues that white stuff is the same kind of heat paste that is used inside electronics to protect them against heat which in this case, comes from the light bulbs. Maybe because they have so little space compared to ones used in todays cars.👍🏻👍🏻

    Joonas EinolaJoonas Einola8 aylar önce
  • Why you chose an e30 out of all cars?

    Mr piston RecaroMr piston Recaro8 aylar önce
  • You should get some Cerium Oxide powder to polish that glass.

    netmatrix75netmatrix758 aylar önce
  • You should probably just rename your channel to "Repaint It". You fail to replace crucial items in almost all your "restorations".

    TopDedCenterTopDedCenter8 aylar önce
  • The white stuff on the inside is removable, just use some brick sand that u use for making cement for bricks. use that sand in combination with some water, put is in the headlight, and shake it for like 15 minutes. wash it out and let it dry for like 2 hours. when dry your headlights are clean and 100% clear. i do this for years now, please make sure to test this method, and let me know about the result.

    Mr. RowanMr. Rowan8 aylar önce
  • If you drive around with your brights on now I will pour salty water all over your car and make you do a whole restoration all over again

    SirXyloidSirXyloid8 aylar önce
  • Like a boss

    Keith DoranKeith Doran8 aylar önce
  • How couldn't you find stock headlight lenses or reflectors? There aso many of them. It's only hard to get yellow hellas or black boschs. Or not even hard, but expensive. The normal headlights are cheap and available, even single parts of them.

    Andree H.Andree H.8 aylar önce
  • Please don't write the i as an I or is it a 1, or l, or L? Lower case is better.

    Forever ComputingForever Computing8 aylar önce
  • Thanks a lot Popular Mechanics. It all started with the starter rebuild - Restore It, as it turns out, is more addictive than nicotine. Brilliant job man :) And I thought I was meticulous with rebuilds ... christ man, you're making the rest of us look bad :) Seriously though - great job. Unparalleled attention to detail, craftsmanship, mechanical understanding, and style. Nicely done.

    CreationTribeCreationTribe8 aylar önce
  • А ещё это называется онанизмом. Купить было бы дешевле.

    bot700bot7008 aylar önce
  • Where's the blinker?

    thetruejay20thetruejay208 aylar önce
  • Glad to see a sponsor, you definitely deserve it!

    thetruejay20thetruejay208 aylar önce
  • If you want i have one headlight low beam that you need

    KickEnumescoviciKickEnumescovici8 aylar önce
  • I can't find fenders for me e30 that's not from bmw please help. I'm in Germany.

    Brandon B.Brandon B.8 aylar önce
  • BTW, these drive like a tank but handle like a Cadillac.. wait.... did I say that right.??

    PopeyesPopeyes8 aylar önce
  • Top 👍🏼

  • Where did you buy the aluminum oxide discs?

    Sean McCauleySean McCauley8 aylar önce
  • where is the car finished???? I´m like to see ....

    Edson Rosa JúniorEdson Rosa Júnior8 aylar önce
  • Awesome build and attention to detail! A word of advise - I know you wear full gear while painting (awesome!), but I would advise in addition to wear a mask while sanding and grinding - lots of stuff gets airborne, and you restore things often enough that it will accumulate. Not worth having health problems down the line. I recommend some disposable gloves for working with oily and grimy parts as well.

    niskytankniskytank8 aylar önce
  • I’m not too privy when it comes to cars, much less older model cars and their parts but I love watching all of your videos for your BMW restoration!! I’m so excited to see the final product, but I’m also even more excited to watch all your future videos and follow your work closely through all the progress and hard work you put in! It’s so much more fun watching how something came to be, than seeing the final product. It makes the process that much more gratifying :)

    Nicole SantosNicole Santos8 aylar önce
  • I can’t wait to see the engine restoration. That should be incredible. Probably a multi-part series on that alone.

    Jeff MargeraJeff Margera8 aylar önce
  • Hey you are like me! You can't stop until everything is prefect. I think it is my COD 😀

    volvogt21volvogt218 aylar önce
  • Bmw una auto magnifica vedo che stai sistemando spettacolo

    Alessandro PezzellaAlessandro Pezzella8 aylar önce
  • Rewelacja, pozdrawiam z Polski

    Dewajtis1944Dewajtis19448 aylar önce
BMW E30 Headlight Restoration | BMW E30 325i Sport Restoration E6 S1