E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Car Care & Detailing

Car Care & Detailing
Get detailing answers and tips here

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-10-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
CharlzO
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 642
My Ride: 2000 328ci
Detail first? Paint first? Thoughts?

So, now that the mechanicals of my car are in order, I can finally put some money over into appearance. Car is by no means a show car. There's a spot in front of the right rear tire that has been shoddily repaired previous to my purchase, paint isn't even buffed out, and the edges of the respray are starting to bubble. So that one is obvious. But, I also want/need to get the rest of it detailed and get swirl marks and things out. I don't have the equipment to attempt it myself, and it's one of those things I'm a little hesitant to try on my own car first, and I don't have spare parts laying around to experiment on. So, that's the background.

Since I need to get the repair done, and since I know I also have some chips here and there that need fixing, it might come down to needing a full respray of the entire car. Obviously if that happens, I don't need to detail anything first. But that's also more than my free cash will let happen in the immediate future, so I was thinking perhaps I could spend a few bucks and at least get it detailed nowadays, and attempt to make it look at least a LITTLE better in the meantime.

However, I'm concerned about what the process might affect, in regards to flaws in the paint. Most importantly, there are a couple spots as shown in the attached picture, where it looks like the clear is cracked? So, will having the car worked over, cause further damage to those areas? I'm aware that having the rest of the paint cleaner and more flawless will draw more attention to areas like this that are flawed. I just wonder if it's worth having it done, or should I skip it until I can get the full paint done?

I think I'd rather have a 90% good finish, than 100% "eh, it's ok" finish. Or is it one of those things where the process will grab the edges, causing further damage? I have almost no body & detailing experience, so I'm clueless. I'm going to talk to a local detailer and also a body shop to get their thoughts and estimates, but I wanted to pose the question here too, and see what people think. I can easily take more pictures, but this shows the type of thing I'm concerned about. There are maybe 4-5 spots on the car that have specks of this.

Thanks all!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	paint.jpg
Views:	86
Size:	48.4 KB
ID:	521038  
CharlzO is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 08-11-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
scrace
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 700
My Ride: 03.5 M3
It's hard to tell in the picture whether the clear coat or failing (or has already failed) or its etching of some sort. Does your fingernail catch when you go over it? If the cc has failed the only fix is to repaint.

Any amount of correction over 90% is great for a daily driver.

$300-400 is what it will cost for the proper supplies to detail your car many times (that is also the range if not more for a detail and paint correction by someone who knows what they're doing). Just a summary of the basics would be soap, clay bar, DA buffer, compound, polish and sealant/wax. It's really easy to buff out a car with a DA polisher. You won't burn the paint or damage it using the right technique (tons of YouTube videos on this). If you're worried about practicing on your car go to the junk yard and get a black hood to practice on.
__________________

2001 Topaz Blue 325Ci 64-120k miles SOLD
2003.5 Silver Gray M3 70k miles
scrace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #3
CharlzO
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 642
My Ride: 2000 328ci
To be honest, I hadn't even tried to catch my nail on it. Since it is on the hood, and since I have a couple other parts on it that need repair (dents, not paint-related), I'm still thinking about just replacing it altogether. I did find someone that's going to repaint my rear bumper for me, and gonna look at the rest and see what his thoughts are. Honestly, that's part of the big thing for me, is just the upfront cost, vs how often I'd be able to make time to do the job down the road. Maybe once I get my new place and garage, I dunno.. Thanks for the advice tho!
CharlzO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
SilvaBimma
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh, Cary, Durham, NC
Posts: 577
My Ride: 330Xi
If its crystallizing I'd say it's in need of repaint although I have seen some cars that can keep going just fine with a trouble spot.
SilvaBimma is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

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

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use