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 - bit.ly/2Bx0s1D
Variable Speed Bench Grinder - bit.ly/2GxluD2
Quartz Lacquer - goo.gl/8PTVKM
Base Coat Paint - goo.gl/mWhufG
Rust Remover - goo.gl/13gopW
Moldex Full Face Mask - goo.gl/NNYGrv
FGL 5 Spray gun - goo.gl/Acg5rd
A.N.I. R150-T Mini Spray gun - goo.gl/cHTJS2
Colad Washable Overalls - goo.gl/3Css9E
Colad Mixing Cups - goo.gl/8DYmE8
Colad TurboMix Sticks - goo.gl/cYZfks
Colad Synthetic Paint Strainers - goo.gl/H79ZgL
Steel wire bits - geni.us/keyaD
Rotary Tool - geni.us/HGed
Concentrate Degreaser - geni.us/yUn9
Mannesmann Socket Set - geni.us/HCDZ
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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