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Old 03-30-2013, 08:14 AM   #1
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how do I take my door, door cards, boot off?

Hi folks I am starting to prep my car for a full respray In a diffrent colour. So I need to take my doors boot and bonnet off. Are they fairly easy to come off? They look easy enough to un bolt I'm just worried about the wireing is their a block connector of is it hard wired? Also how do I take the door cards off? I have a e46 318 coupe if that's any help?

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Many here remove all those things...check out diy for things like 'new trunk lid, hood, etc.'

But, before a full respray in a different color, might I just say that you'll undoubtedly be affecting the value of the car since it will be an obvious respray (unless removing everything from the engine compartment) and if you're just doing it to get a different color, you might want to rethink this. A 'good' paint job will cost you more than the value of the car, and a bad one will too (long term). You're far better off spending the money under the hood and under the car, and dealing with mechanical things.

Do what I do...when driving, just look out the window and not at the color of your car. I can live with mine fine, and it's the second ugliest color bmw ever made!
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Many here remove all those things...check out diy for things like 'new trunk lid, hood, etc.'

But, before a full respray in a different color, might I just say that you'll undoubtedly be affecting the value of the car since it will be an obvious respray (unless removing everything from the engine compartment) and if you're just doing it to get a different color, you might want to rethink this. A 'good' paint job will cost you more than the value of the car, and a bad one will too (long term). You're far better off spending the money under the hood and under the car, and dealing with mechanical things.

Do what I do...when driving, just look out the window and not at the color of your car. I can live with mine fine, and it's the second ugliest color bmw ever made!
My best mate is a sprayer and is doing it in his booth a full re spray is getting done stripping it right back down to the bare shell, I'm lucky as his brother is a mechanic and their running a garage together, but the deal was I do as much as I can of the stripping down and then help where I can throught the full job. So I'm just asking for some advice as how to go about removing these parts as I am not 100% sure. Its going frozen white with blue flake through it so when the sun light catches it has a slight shimmer effect.

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Do what I do...when driving, just look out the window and not at the color of your car. I can live with mine fine, and it's the second ugliest color bmw ever made!
What's the first?
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Yeh will take pics and post a build thread.
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Many here remove all those things...check out diy for things like 'new trunk lid, hood, etc.'

But, before a full respray in a different color, might I just say that you'll undoubtedly be affecting the value of the car since it will be an obvious respray (unless removing everything from the engine compartment) and if you're just doing it to get a different color, you might want to rethink this. A 'good' paint job will cost you more than the value of the car, and a bad one will too (long term). You're far better off spending the money under the hood and under the car, and dealing with mechanical things.

Do what I do...when driving, just look out the window and not at the color of your car. I can live with mine fine, and it's the second ugliest color bmw ever made!
+1. Dmax, what color is your car?

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