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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-29-2012, 02:22 AM
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I am done sanding and polishing 1 of my style 19's. Three more to go! This is a lot of work folks..Think twice if you want to do this yourself. I am not sure if I should clear coat it or just leave it "bare" polished metal.
You should just leave it bear polished. I have no doubt i want to do this very soon. Are you doing yours one by one because that's the only set of wheels you have? If so that's the situation I'm in so I'll have to do each wheel one by one with the tire still mounted on the wheel. If you still had the tire on the rim, how did you strip the clear coat and clean it up with the tire mounted?
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:32 AM
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You should just leave it bear polished. I have no doubt i want to do this very soon. Are you doing yours one by one because that's the only set of wheels you have? If so that's the situation I'm in so I'll have to do each wheel one by one with the tire still mounted on the wheel. If you still had the tire on the rim, how did you strip the clear coat and clean it up with the tire mounted?
Yes they are only the set I have..I do have a full spare so at least I can still drive the car. Its no problem stripping the clear coat while tires are mounted..I used "Jasco" stripper and used a small paint brush to apply it. Just be careful around the rim not to put stripper on the tires.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:40 AM
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Yes they are only the set I have..I do have a full spare so at least I can still drive the car. Its no problem stripping the clear coat while tires are mounted..I used "Jasco" stripper and used a small paint brush to apply it. Just be careful around the rim not to put stripper on the tires.
Cool thanks man, i figure i'll cover the tire using paper of some sort. I can't wait to do this refurb now that i know someone else is doing it with the tires still mounted. Do you think you'll be refurbing the spare? I too have an identical spare wheel so if i'm not too tired after doing the 4 mounted wheels i should eventually do the spare.
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Cool thanks man, i figure i'll cover the tire using paper of some sort. I can't wait to do this refurb now that i know someone else is doing it with the tires still mounted. Do you think you'll be refurbing the spare? I too have an identical spare wheel so if i'm not too tired after doing the 4 mounted wheels i should eventually do the spare.
I am almost done with this wheel. I am deciding to keep the outer rim polished and not cover them in clear coat. The shine is not quite chrome but that is the way I like it anyway. The centers however were in bad shape. I sanded the centers with 320 grit then washed with soap and water. I bought duplicolor wheel paint in silver and did 3 coats. The color came out pretty much the same color as stock. Tomorrow I will be spraying it with clear coat to make it shinier and protect the paint.

Blue magic polish is THE best out there. I didn't even use a powerball. I just rubbed blue magic and let it dry then buff/polish by hand using clean microfiber towels. The result of the shine is show on the picture attached.

When sanding I started with 600, then 800, 1000, then wet sand 1500 and finally wet 2000. It really does not take hours to sand. I spent maybe 5 mins per sandpaper with a total of 30 mins for all.

Having the tire mounted is not an issue. You can always cover it with tape if you are worried about gettting paint or stripper on it.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:38 PM
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I am almost done with this wheel. I am deciding to keep the outer rim polished and not cover them in clear coat. The shine is not quite chrome but that is the way I like it anyway. The centers however were in bad shape. I sanded the centers with 320 grit then washed with soap and water. I bought duplicolor wheel paint in silver and did 3 coats. The color came out pretty much the same color as stock. Tomorrow I will be spraying it with clear coat to make it shinier and protect the paint.

Blue magic polish is THE best out there. I didn't even use a powerball. I just rubbed blue magic and let it dry then buff/polish by hand using clean microfiber towels. The result of the shine is show on the picture attached.

When sanding I started with 600, then 800, 1000, then wet sand 1500 and finally wet 2000. It really does not take hours to sand. I spent maybe 5 mins per sandpaper with a total of 30 mins for all.

Having the tire mounted is not an issue. You can always cover it with tape if you are worried about gettting paint or stripper on it.
Thanks for the additional info, every little bit helps. I now have 3 different sources of information on how to refurb the style 19. More than enough to tackle this job in 2 weeks time
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Got the M Pars wrapped in some Nitto NT555s today. I'll be putting them on tomorrow. I would torture you guys with teaser pics, but i'll just wait till I get them on the car. I have a feeling it is going to look mean when they are on.
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Sick, can't wait to see 'em.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:51 PM
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Yeah, I really didn't want to spend as much as I did on tires, but in a way I'm glad I did as I am sure that the Nittos will have no problems. I have ran Nittos on my trucks for years and never had a bad set.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:41 PM
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Here they are. Sorry for the night/crappy pics, i took them with my phone, and didn't have a chance to take any during the day.



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Horrible pic. I'll wait for better pics whenever you post them.
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Lookin good! +1 for better pics when you have the time
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yeah I'm not photographer by any means. I just snapped these as I walked into work tonight. I'll take some better pics asap.
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All style 19 wheels are finally done refinishing. See this thread:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=621301
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