E36 hardtop corrosion - is this fixable ?

Notices
 

Thread: E36 hardtop corrosion - is this fixable ?

Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. E36 hardtop corrosion - is this fixable ? 
    #1
    BMW Master
    Car Details
    Onedesi's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330Ci
    Year of Manufacture:
    2005
    Transmission Type:
    Automatic
    Car Body Type:
    Convertible

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Black country
    Posts
    466
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 115 Times in 77 Posts
    I'm looking to buy a hardtop for my car and I've come across one that looks quite good but there appears to be some corrosion below the rear screen in the middle as per the pic below.

    What I'd like to know is will this spread across the rear quickly as I understand the hardtops are made from aluminium so shouldn't rust but I'm not sure why this would happen and how to stop it getting worse.

    Also is this repairable by a layperson like me and if so how or is it a case of into the body shop for a strip down and repaint (sounds very expensive to me :().

    Trouble is im looking for something perfect but i guess at an average of 14 years old this wont be easy and i need to find a stand for it as well - What do you think folks?

     
     

  2. Remove Advertisements
    BimmerForums.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  3.  
    #2
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    shamM3's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    318i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1997
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Vert
    shamM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,071
    Thanks
    950
    Thanked 1,502 Times in 1,391 Posts
    I wasn't aware hard tops were made out of aluminium - well mine definitely isn't. I'd leave that HT well alone, probably worth getting one not in the right colour and getting it painted because rust will always come back.
     
     

  4.  
    #3
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    shamM3's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    318i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1997
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Vert
    shamM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,071
    Thanks
    950
    Thanked 1,502 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Its on the inner edge of the rear screen too, it'll be hard to repair but probably worth it if it's at the right price. Remember the back screen isn't replaceable and that damage is so close i'd think twice about buying it..
     
     

  5. Remove Advertisements
    BimmerForums.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  6.  
    #4
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    shamM3's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    318i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1997
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Vert
    shamM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,071
    Thanks
    950
    Thanked 1,502 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Actually mate, just done some quick googling and looks like they are made of aluminium. Surprising really..
     
     

  7.  
    #5
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    shamM3's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    318i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1997
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Vert
    shamM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,071
    Thanks
    950
    Thanked 1,502 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Have a look at this http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=92886 Feed your deatiling OCD. Last few pics show it with a estoril blue hard top fitted
     
     

  8.  
    #6
    BMW Master
    Car Details
    Onedesi's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330Ci
    Year of Manufacture:
    2005
    Transmission Type:
    Automatic
    Car Body Type:
    Convertible

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Black country
    Posts
    466
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 115 Times in 77 Posts
    Cheers sham I can feel an itch that needs scratching LOL

    I didn't realise these tops could corrode. Everyone I see has faults at the moment and I even saw one with rust on it.

    Cheapest quote for respray is about £300 so it becomes an expensive piece of kit as the tops are around £450 and then I want a stand.
     
     

  9.  
    #7
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    shamM3's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    318i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1997
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Vert
    shamM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,071
    Thanks
    950
    Thanked 1,502 Times in 1,391 Posts
    The stands are pretty pricey which is the main reason I haven't got one

    Estoril blue hardtops will fetch more money because of the colour, probably worth buying a blue or green one which normally pop up on the bay for around £300 and get it painted, that way you will know the paint is done right. With my own hardtop I bought a blue one dirt cheap and when I got to sanding down it turned out to be green under the blue So most of these HT's will have had paint at some point in they're life as they normally get passed around a lot.
     
     

  10.  
    #8
    BMW Master
    Car Details
    Onedesi's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330Ci
    Year of Manufacture:
    2005
    Transmission Type:
    Automatic
    Car Body Type:
    Convertible

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Black country
    Posts
    466
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 115 Times in 77 Posts
    I hadn't really thought about it like that - sounds like a good plan

    Did you do a Write up of how you prepped the top by any chance as it would be good to know what stages are involved in getting it ready to paint.

    Did you take glass out and internal roof cloth out etc ?
     
     

  11.  
    #9
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    shamM3's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    318i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1997
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Vert
    shamM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,071
    Thanks
    950
    Thanked 1,502 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Onedesi View Post
    I hadn't really thought about it like that - sounds like a good plan

    Did you do a Write up of how you prepped the top by any chance as it would be good to know what stages are involved in getting it ready to paint.

    Did you take glass out and internal roof cloth out etc ?
    I didn't remove the glass, just spent extra time masking it up. Its a one piece HT so if the glass breaks the whole HT is wasted and I didn't want to take the risk.

    Just the normal process of flatting it back and painting. I did remove the headliner to repair as it was sagging in places and it would have to be removed to remove the (nuts for) plastic side panels to get a good finish. I should have done a How To on it but didn't think most people would paint a hard top themselves.
     
     

  12.  
    #10
    BMW Master
    Car Details
    Onedesi's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330Ci
    Year of Manufacture:
    2005
    Transmission Type:
    Automatic
    Car Body Type:
    Convertible

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Black country
    Posts
    466
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 115 Times in 77 Posts
    I'm a bit confused when you say if the glass breaks your in trouble - the body shops referred to taking the glass out for spraying - is this what you mean?
     
     

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Tags for this Thread

View Tag Cloud

Posting Permissions
  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts