PAINT-COATING THE CAVITIES.
As the many visitors to our website and BMW 507 fans in general will recall, the Elvis BMW 507 was in a pretty bad way when the BMW Group Classic experts got their hands on it. This sorry sight also confronted visitors to the BMW Museum, who encountered the 507 face-to-face in its pre-restoration condition as part of the special exhibition “Elvis’ BMW 507: lost & found". Rust had scarred the car’s body, leaving it riddled with holes. Now, however, you can see how the rust and corrosion have been stopped in their tracks – in the latest instalment of our special restoration report.
It’s also the inside that counts.
Having passed through a paint removal process and emerged from cathodic dip painting (CDP) – which extracted the rust from the car with painstaking care and prepared its myriad components for re-painting – the next stage for the 507 was to have its hollow areas paint-coated. These included the tricky-to-access interior and places that would be impossible to get to once the car’s outer skin has been fixed in place. Only after these areas had been paint-coated were the add-on parts fitted and the final painting stages carried out. The paint-coating process, for which standard coloured paint is used, prevents moisture from reaching the metalwork and triggering corrosion.