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Old 02-01-2007, 10:27 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by sakman74 View Post
i think i'm gonna wait it out on the paint. because i want to re-do the entire car. true, they can probably color match the f*** out of it and make it spot-on, but the fact will be that the rest of the paint is still 5.5 yrs old.

also, what they were going to do is blend. paint the entire front halves of the fenders/hood and then blend that into the back half of the fenders/hood. since it's Ti silver, they can get away with it, but i would rather save the money, and do the entire car in one shot.

on the leather, i think e46 M3 leather sucks. but it's holding up pretty good. when i re-do, i'll get it done in M6 leather all over. much more supple/comfortable, and if i use firm enough cushions, it will probably be the most comfortable seat i've ever sat in....
Umm... while it would be nice to repaint the entire car, its still likely that the panels wont match perfectly. They'll take the bumpers off and shoot those seperately for sure (likely with a different batch of paint).

I have titanium silver, and it seems to match pretty well, except in certain lighting where the clear coat on the original paint seems to have yellowed a bit. The body shop said Titanium Silver is pretty consistent between batches.

I think repainting the entire car would run you about $10,000 or more because they'd pretty much have to gut the entire car. Taking out windows, trim, emblems, grills, reflectors, lights, hardware, etc.

If you are going to be "detail oriented" and really paint "EVERYTHING", you'd need to disassemble the car down to the frame.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:34 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by sakman74 View Post
don't regret buying pre-owned, because the same crap would happen to a brand new car (chips/wear) and in that case you would have been paying much more for the same car.

one thing i was told was not to use protective film on something that's been repainted (when you try to remove the film, it may peel the paint). so basically, only oem paint will stand up to paint film, and even then you'd have to get it on when the car's new....
Yeah, I know... except they'd be MY rock chips, not the *******s who drove the thing through a gravel pit apperently .

But its pretty clean on the outside now after my repaint work. I'll never get it perfect unless I repaint the entire car, and even then... besides, I aint disassembling my car down to the frame ...

I went out to lunch today, and saw a black scratch on my bumper... I damn near had a HEART ATTACK... I looked at it closely and thought it was just dirt or something, it didn't come off... I got some water and a damp towel, still, it didn't come off... I was pissed off and depressed for the rest of the day. I come home... more water and damp towels to at least try to improve the look of it... NOTHING... it looked like a scratch and felt like a scratch... then I tried some goo-be-gone on it... still didn't come off... then I tried some more goo-be-gone on it... suddenly without warning the scratch collapsed and disappeared...

I seriously had to sit down and catch my breath... yes, I'm that anal and o/c.

But in my book, goo-be-gone = .
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:17 AM   #23
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A friend of mine just had his rear bumper fully painted for ~$500. Was a BMW specialty shop that his BMW shop referred him too and his insurance co. did as well. Great job as well. VA Norfolk area.
Sorry about bring such and old thread back to life, but I got my dad's 4Runner's rear bumper painted for like 150. Someone bumped it when we took it to NY. The job was damn near pristine. Like, I can't explain how great the finish was.

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