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Laura last won the day on November 22 2018

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    Troy, Michigan
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    I love exploring and sketching new places, cooking new things and making stuff....all kinds of stuff.

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  1. Yeah, and this will buff out too.... I saw this on Craigslist here in Michigan.....
  2. You inspired me to have a Black Friday Weekend Sale on my BMW 2002 Christmas cards and Garage Art! $15 off when you buy any 3 items from the shop. Ouros.Etsy.com and use code CYBERWEEKEND Good until the end of Monday! I also do custom art if you want a painting of your own car....
  3. I'll have to do that for my sun-visors! They look terrible right now, and I wasn't sure how to tackle them. thanks!
  4. If you found some rust on the body of your car, and want to both make your car look fabulous again AND prevent the rust from spreading like the cancer it is....Here ya go Step 0: First, you gotta clean the car. Good ol'fashioned car wash. Make sure it is dry afterward. STEP 1 - GETTING RID OF THE RUST Depending on the depth of your rust, you may be able to start with hand-sanding, or you may have to use a dremel. 1. Use 250 grit sandpaper to sand the paint and loose rust from the area so you can see the impacted area. Use a sanding block when sanding so you don't get wobbles in your surface. SAND IN AN 'X' PATTERN: First diagonally across the surface one way, then across diagonally the opposite way. 2. For deeper rust pockets, pick up a dremel and gently grind away rusty bits. I prefer using a metal-grinding disk so it has some give and doesn't go too deep too fast. Careful that you're only taking away the rust, and not good metal. If your rust hasn't gotten pitted yet, skip this step. 3. Use 200 grit sandpaper with a sanding block to evenly sand off any remaining rust. Clean and dry surface thoroughly. 4. Use Rust-Etching Gel (also called Naval Jelly) over the affected area. Use as instructed on bottle. This will etch away any remaining rust particles on the surface. Clean and dry. Image: Rust Before Image: Area after dremel, sanding, and etching. Etching Gel: STEP 2: PREVENTING NEW RUST 1. Epoxy Bare metal. Epoxy will seal the Oxygenout of the metal so it won't rust again. Apply a thin layer so the metal is coated. Let cure. 2. Apply bondo over uneven surfaces (where rust was pitted). Use a bondo-spreader to run across the surface and remove excess bondo. Allow to cure, and then sand with a sanding block (hard foam is best). Start with 200 grit dry sandpaper to knick off the rough bondo. 3. Once the bondo isn't super-rough, I'd start wet-sanding. You can use the water to see the reflections in the surface as if it were painted, so you can make sure you're making a smooth surface as you sand. I'd start with 300 sandpaper and slowly move to higher grit from there. Remember to sand in an 'X' pattern. STEP 3: MAKING A BEAUTIFUL SURFACE 1. Tape off the car except where you want to spray Primer. I'd suggest bagging the entire car, since overspray is a mystical and evil force. You can use painters tape and trash bags. Give yourself a little extra room around the sanded area, or the thick primer will leave an edge where you taped. You want to be able to feather the primer. 2. Spray the primer. You CAN use a rattle-can primer, but I really don't recommend it, especially for larger areas. Pick up Catalyzed Primer (follow the mixing directions) from an automotive paint store (like Finish Masters), and a cheap gravity-feed paint gun (Harbor Freight sells them for $15). Hook it up to a Air Compressor and you are all set. Careful to stand back a few feet when you spray the primer. Test spray a piece of cardboard so you can get a feel for how it works if you've never painted before. Use long strokes across the body, passing past where you want to paint each time. Start with one light coat, let it sit a couple minutes, then paint your first 'real' coat. This prevents drips. If you DO get drips, don't stress, you can just sand them away. You'll probably need a couple rounds of primer, sanding between each. Your first round should be 2 coats, then just 1 after that. Make sure to clean your paint gun! Acetone works great. Also, wear gloves and a mask when painting. Be safe! **if you decide to use rattle-can primer, make sure it is high-build. SEM makes a great one 3. Start sanding the primer. I'd start with wet-sanding sandpaper at about 300 grit, then slowly move to higher grit. Make sure you're sanding in an 'X' pattern, using a hard foam sanding block. Just soak the sandpaper in a bucket of water, and periodically use a soaked cloth to clean the surface as you sand. Look at the reflections on the wet surface - you should be able to see nice smooth reflections so you know you're not sanding lows into your body. Feather your sanding efforts out to the edges so it blends nicely with the remaining paint. 4. If you're sanding in an area that has edges or design lines, details...make sure to mask off the edges as you sand. Use 3M Vinyl tape so it sticks to the surface as you wet sand, but doesn't harm your paint or leave a residue. Tape one side, sand against it, then tape the other side, sand against that. 5. Clean the surface. All done! You can paint, send it to a shop to paint, or just let it be. Either way, you don't have to worry about rust anymore! If you decide to paint, I recommend against rattle-can paint. You can get the exact BMW color of paint from Finish Masters, and use the same gravity-feed gun to paint. I DO recommend a separate gun for your clearcoat. Masked off car ready for primer, with all that awesome protective gear and cheapie Harbor Freight paint gun! Make sure to cover the whole car!! Using 3M Vinyl tape to hold edges on the window. Notice the area that was once pitted, uneven, and rusted, is now smoooooooth! Primered surface with tape to keep edges. Top has not been sanded (notice hard edge), bottom has been sanded (notice feathering) And here's the 3M tape I recommend: this is the first article I've attempted, please let me know what you guys think! View full article
  5. If you found some rust on the body of your car, and want to both make your car look fabulous again AND prevent the rust from spreading like the cancer it is....Here ya go Step 0: First, you gotta clean the car. Good ol'fashioned car wash. Make sure it is dry afterward. STEP 1 - GETTING RID OF THE RUST Depending on the depth of your rust, you may be able to start with hand-sanding, or you may have to use a dremel. 1. Use 250 grit sandpaper to sand the paint and loose rust from the area so you can see the impacted area. Use a sanding block when sanding so you don
  6. Michigan .... we're called the Rust Belt for a reason....
  7. oooooh thats cool!! I didnt know my handles were Alpina...I dont think my car is. Although, the car was in pieces when I got it, so who knows lol.
  8. Also, all the above being said...I'm also in that category they talk about. I make a great living. But between rent, astronomically high student loan payments, and even more ridiculous childcare costs....I don't see a new car in my future anytime soon. ....that just isn't why they arent making Sports Cars.
  9. I disagree. While there is huge income inequality, the standard of living has increased so that our expectations are ridiculously high. People are spending more on their cars than ever before. When I was a kid, it was typical for a first car to be a run-down clunker. More and more high schoolers are driving nice...and I mean really nice....cars. As someone that work in the car industry, we're losing sports cars for a totally different reason. Capitalism. Let me explain. So, by the basic rules of a publicly traded business, a company wants to make 10-20% more profit than that same day the previous year. Investors are in it for the short-term, and they expect to see an increase in their pocketbook every year. This isn't really sustainable, so this tends to be the path for car companies (think of Ford right before their crash): ..remember, this is all driven by the mission "how do we make more money?" 1. Make an awesome product 2. Make more products to get more market share 3. Sell more places (globally) to get even more market share 4. Buy up competition to get more market share ...at this point, companies have saturated the market. So the only way left to increase profit it to cut costs... 5. Start sharing platforms and other parts (for example, the Porsche Cayanne shared a door with the VW Toureg , and the Jeep Renegade is built on the Fiat 500 platform. Most famously, the Pontiac Aztek was built on GM's minivan platform...which is a major reason is was so hideous. GM did that because they wanted to make more cars off the minivan platform - the more cars you make off a single platform, the sooner it pays itself off) ...this is where things start to go wrong for Sports Cars. Nothing shares a platform with performance cars. You can't make a profitable sedan off a Corvette platform. So the big head honchos don't want to invest in producing one. Exceptions are brands that are built off the idea of performance. The Porsche 911 doesn't make the company any money (they actually lose money I believe), but they wouldn't be able to sell any of the other cars on their lineup without the 911. No one dreams of a Panamera, but its what people actually buy. In case you're curious, the last step: 6. Reduce quality. Make more stuff out of plastic instead of metal. ...oops. Didn't mean to write so much. LOL
  10. haha yes, the dash mat. And yes, black always looks so sleek - plus it really makes the chrome bits pop! I'll never understand why people in the 70's thought that a tan that's the color of the skin-suit in Silence of the Lambs would make for a great interior lol.
  11. can you please send me a photo of the emergency brake cover?
  12. Thanks for letting me know I forgot to link it! it's : Ouros.Etsy.com I also added the link to the main post. Thanks for asking!!!!!
  13. Wow! So excited to see a couple other designers out there! I'm a Car Designer. Not to be confused with engineer. I don't math. I draw cars all day, coming up with idea for what the next cool car should look like. Then I work alongside people that turn my drawing into a clay model, then eventually a real car. I do exterior design, so I dont mess with interior design at all.
  14. Also..please let me know if there is somewhere else I should be posting this. I thought maybe stuff for sale...but it isn't really a car part. I dont want to annoy anyone!
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