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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 01-11-2012, 05:06 AM
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Smile Refinishing Style 5's

Okay so I have been doing some research ( alot ) and I came across this.

http://stanceworks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2597

AND!!! I really want to do it but the thing is that I am not going to paint my wheels white. Im going to polish the lip just like it come from the factory and also keep the hyper silver color. Ive decided to take on this task because everone here in my area is trying to charge me 140+ to refinish it wheel. So 140 x 4 = 560 = I have been dieing for a perfect set of style 5's So after seeing this and knowing that im very good in these types of things IM READY! I just thought I should share and yess I will be posting pictures as I go along for my bimmerfest bros. For now though I have attached some of the before pictures! As you can see I have clear coat coming off and also in some areas on the lip when I try to wash it the brake dust just does not come off its like absorbed or something into the fading clear. I am one if those people that if im doing something it has to be PERFECT! So lets see the results in a few days.

I would love any feedback or ideas.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:37 AM
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Please keep us posted. I plan on tackling this task as well as soon as I get some new wheels.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:45 AM
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Ofcourse bro And btw heres a good thread to get the motivation started!

http://www.stanceworks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4899
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:50 AM
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I really want some 18" 5's.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:12 AM
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The 18s are really nice but I remember reading somewhere that the 17s just give the best ride for the e39 so I just put some good shoes on them and kept it now I want them to be perfect
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:25 AM
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The 18s are really nice but I remember reading somewhere that the 17s just give the best ride for the e39 so I just put some good shoes on them and kept it now I want them to be perfect
I plan on slamming the car so I've already decided to compromise ride quality for looks.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:45 AM
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In that case in my opinion on your car that would look really good
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i have my 5's upstairs, just need the motivation to get started on em
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:37 PM
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i have my 5's upstairs, just need the motivation to get started on em
Check out the link I posted above about the motivation
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:45 PM
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Day 1: Clean and prepare materials

So today I went out and bought all the thing I needed.

The list as follows:

- 3 cans of titanium silver (Paint and Primer)
- 1 cans of highgloss black for the bolts
- 2 cans of clear protective enamel or what ever its called
- Remover for the clear coat and old paint
- Sandpaper that are I think 400, 600, 800, 1500, 2000
- 2 brushes just incase
- 1 bottle of vinegar
- Maybe some other things that I forgot I bought and maybe not

So after I brought all the stuff home I put my baby on bricks and two stands and then I took the wheels off and gave them a good 3000psi wash Now for tonight Im letting them sit and dry so tomorrow I will get the tires dismounted! then comes DAY 2!
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So.. You didn't keep posting?
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:35 AM
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Here are some things I learned when refinishing style 5's:

1. It helps to slightly heat the nuts before trying to remove them. They are held on by thread locker and about 10 seconds with a propane torch will go a long ways toward breaking their grip. You can do it without the heat but it takes quite a bit of torque to break them loose.
2. Get the proper size nail set to remove the bolts. The end of the bolts have a little dimple in the end which will hold the punch square to the bolt. If the tool slips it will damage the threads which then have to be repaired in order to use that bolt again. If you "booger" the threads it's not a big deal but it will have to be fixed with a thread chaser before being re installed.
3. Mark the barrels and "waffles" with numbers so the same center goes back into the same barrel. Again not a big deal but it's always smart to use the same parts the factory used when you reassemble them.
4. Look at the hole for the valve stem and notice it is directly opposite the indexing mark for the center cap. This is the correct way to reinsert the center piece to make sure you're using the same holes as factory assembly.
5. Don't expect even the best paint stripper to work in only one coat, it will take at least two and maybe three applications.
6. Don't allow the pain stripper to dry on the wheel, remove while still a little wet or it's a pain to get off.
7. A wire wheel on a bench grinder is great for cleaning the bolts.
8. Metal valve stems look great on these wheels, the rubber kind look out of place.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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