See previous post on the car that these tails came from. According to the local e30 folks the car had Corvette wheels and was a “rat car” in a good way. Supposedly the engine blew and that’s how it ended up at the auto wreckers.


  • washed the lights to remove all the dirt
  • wet sanded the lights with 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit
  • tails were still pitted (and of course full of small & large cracks)
  • sprayed with 4 coats of Rustoleum clear gloss
  • sprayed with 2 coats of Testor clear gloss (by far the superior product)

Tails are no longer dull and pitted, now they are shiny and wavy from many layers of clear over crappy paint, probably a solid 4.5 out of 10. I like the way the all-red tail lights look on the car and will probably do it my own tails (but do it right). 


October 22, 2012 cosmetic

Apologies for the lousy photos. Front end is coming together nicely, cosmetically speaking. Now if I could just fix that scratch by the rondel. It would be nice to make some performance upgrades soon but little cosmetic tweaks are cheaper and easier. Things I did in the last day or so:

  • replaced badly painted black-out kidneys with OEM chrome kidneys
  • replaced light grills with better specimans (sans M badge, which was just false advertising)
  • fog light deletes
  • touched up some of the paint chips
  • put on my BMW CCA badge
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      Next year when it’s time to renew my plates I’ll get new ones that aren’t bent, probably personal plates (a.k.a “vanity plates”). Also made some cosmetic improvements to the engine bay this afternoon:

      • wiped down everything i can see
      • swapped in a cleaner airbox specimen replacing my scratched up airbox
      • finally installed the blue washer fluid reservoir (see my old one in photos)
      • fit washer fluid reservoir with stylish black cap (BMW  61 66 7 264 145)


September 30, 2012 cosmetic, photos