When our BMW E36 320i Coupe came to us in 2016, it was still in a good condition for its age, it was already 20 years old (built in 1996). The previous owner had invested a lot in our BMW 320I Coupe. He had just had the brake lines and hoses from the ABS block to the rear wheels remade. The rear brake discs of the BMW E36 320i Coupe and pads were also completely new. The vehicle had new tires and the air conditioning was also being refilled, as the sticker in the engine compartment told us. The paintwork on the outside of our BMW E36 320i Coupe was also still relatively good and neat, due to the age, minor quirks and damage everywhere.
The jack mounts of the BMW E36 320i Coupe were, as was to be expected, not exactly through, but more than rusty. The reason for this was once again the missing rust seal paired with clogged water drains in the sills, which is known to be the case with all BMW E36 models, including our BMW E36 320i Coupe affected by the brown POest. The front frame on the A-pillar was already completely through to the passenger footwell from the inside. The result: wet feet for the passenger.
So it was time to get the carpet floor out of the BMW E38 320i Coupe and order sheet metal. All sheet metal parts affected by rust were, as far as possible, generously separated and the remaining edges treated with a rust converter. We use 2 different products for this. We use Fertan for the areas that can be washed off with water after two days of exposure. For all other places Epoxy Brunox. We always spray the latter into the hollows when we cut open the basic sill on the E36. Then you can spray the container with a stone chip protection pressure gun into the A – B and C pillars up to the roof.
You should also remove the door panels on the doors, clean the inside and close the drains, not only for the BMW E36 Coupe models, this applies to all vehicles of the BMW E36 series, and then also inject epoxy Brunox. The folded sheets on the door edges and folds are thus sealed. Open the drains again after approx. 6 hours, be careful not to change anything, otherwise there will still be a mess on the floor after 6 hours of exposure, and then seal again with wax-based cavity preservation.
Then dents, dents and rust on the painted surfaces were also removed from the vehicle, the rust spots were treated with Fertan again and after this was allowed to act on our BMW E38 320i Coupe for two days, washed off with water, dried, treated again with Epoxy Brunox and sealed , then rust stop on it and the affected areas finely filled and filled and after the wet sanding of the surfaces with P800 sandpaper, all surfaces were wet sanded and then again in the car color light red, with which our BMW E36 320i Coupe left the BMW W factory in July 1996 , newly painted.
The sills were also painted black again, as our BMW E36 320i Coupe did not have any plastic sill trims. The interior of our BMW E36 320i Coupe was also relatively clean, but not clean enough. The light equipment variants get dirty quickly. All the seats and carpeting were outside anyway. We cleaned these thoroughly with a Tornador and then with a wet vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming the carpet well and since it was hellishly hot in summer, we cleaned the carpet for hours with a high-pressure cleaner and then hung the ultra heavy carpet part, which was soaked with water, over three trestles to dry for a week in the summer heat. After the headliner and all plastic panels were thoroughly cleaned and treated and rubbed several times with plastic care, we reinstalled the seats in wool velor and completed our BMW E36 320i Coupe again.
Here is the picture gallery of our BMW E36 320 i Coupe.