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Old 03-17-2016, 11:24 PM   #21
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Scotch brite pad-----gray......scuffs clear, makes it dull, puts enough scratches in it to get paint or clear to restick to it.

Scotch brite pad----red.....too rough. Do t use
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:33 PM   #22
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Step 0
Clean parts

Step 1
what your after is getting the scratches in the clear to get new paint to stick to it. Gray scotch brite is all you need

Step 2
Clean it with wax and grease remover after dulling

Step 3
To clean it with wax and grease remover
You get the LINT FREE CLOTH wet with the wax remover and clean the paint. While it is still wet on the paint...wipe off with dry cloth.
What your doing is using the liquid wax and grease remover to suspend the dirt and lift it off the paint. Then using the dry cloth to wipe the dirt away. Weird but true

Then mix paint according to paint direction on the can.
Then adjust the paint gun.
Then shoot paint.
Let paint tack up for specified time.

Re adjust the gun
Then clear.
Let it dry

Sand it with 1200
Then 2000 then
Polish

Text for for complete information. I'm a patient guy and don't mind smart or stupid questions. If you don't know you don't know.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:35 PM   #23
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If you want to half ass it. Spray it with rattle can

My wrecked , temporarily fixed with filler, bumper is rattle canned. When I put the new bumper on I'll paint it right.

Gues what.....no one noticed or cared and it looks ok.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:38 PM   #24
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And.....don't buy anything from Home Depot

Go to a paint store. It's cheaper and better. Wet sand paper is good.i buy rolls of sticky backed paper and stick it to my block sanders to get good sands. Like I said. Call me and I'll go through it. I typically only tell people the correct way.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:12 AM   #25
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...You can use any quality primer, paint, and clearcoat, in whatever color....Just scuff with a pad for adhesion. If you scuff through the original primer you may have to use some Plastic Primer. Put on a few coats of base color in whatever color you choose. The clear coat is a protector coat, that area gets bombarded with rock chips, sand, salt, and road debris. Pretty sure you can get it in a matte finish as well, if that's what you want. The beauty of those parts is they don't have a large flat surface, so even if you have a few mistakes you don't want to take the time to sand down, it will be hard to notice.
No no I don't have a problem with sanding, just thought originally "spray and be done!" Mildly upset it's more than that...but I would like the look. I'll be going to Home Depot with this thread as my shopping lost tomorrow

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They didn't have the same bumper but look at the grille in the "mouth" the car "face" makes

Note the 330i. Silver headlight trim + bumper plastics for a more premium appearance
I see what you're saying here. There's not many E46 330 sedans in my area/I don't typically look at sedans, so I've never noticed this!
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:21 AM   #26
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The only thing at Home Depot you might want would be an air compressor and a paint gun. You really should go to an automotive paint store. Even autozone would be ok

A paint store would still have cheaper and better products

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Old 03-18-2016, 09:49 AM   #27
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No no I don't have a problem with sanding, just thought originally "spray and be done!" Mildly upset it's more than that...but I would like the look. I'll be going to Home Depot with this thread as my shopping lost tomorrow



I see what you're saying here. There's not many E46 330 sedans in my area/I don't typically look at sedans, so I've never noticed this!
Not many 328/330s sold in general. I guess people that bought them were ones who didn't really care too much about cars or knew they wanted a BMW and could care less about any other information
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:21 AM   #28
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The only thing at Home Depot you might want would be an air compressor and a paint gun. You really should go to an automotive paint store. Even autozone would be ok

A paint store would still have cheaper and better products
Like oReilly's and harbor freight? Never heard of an automotive paint store
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:25 PM   #29
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Scotch brite pad-----gray......scuffs clear, makes it dull, puts enough scratches in it to get paint or clear to restick to it.

Scotch brite pad----red.....too rough. Do t use
I didn't want to bother you with my little paint experiment >.<
Also, no one knew what a scotch brite pad was at harbor freight, home depot, or O'Reileys. Those are the places I stopped by this morning. We don't have a dedicated paint place around here, or an auto zone...believe it or not.

So the items below are what I ended up getting. I tried to keep it all brand related but they didn't have my color. Everything was too dark otherwise.

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Old 03-18-2016, 01:54 PM   #30
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If you want to half ass it. Spray it with rattle can

My wrecked , temporarily fixed with filler, bumper is rattle canned. When I put the new bumper on I'll paint it right.

Gues what.....no one noticed or cared and it looks ok.
No need to half-ass a rattle can job either. Like you said, it all starts with the prep, this is true regardless of how you paint it. I painted my front and rear bumpers with a rattle can and the paint matched great! Its been two years and it still looks good.

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I didn't want to bother you with my little paint experiment >.<
Also, no one knew what a scotch brite pad was at harbor freight, home depot, or O'Reileys. Those are the places I stopped by this morning. We don't have a dedicated paint place around here, or an auto zone...believe it or not.

So the items below are what I ended up getting. I tried to keep it all brand related but they didn't have my color. Everything was too dark otherwise.
I would stay away from rust-oleum. You should try and get some paint from a site like http://www.paintscratch.com . They match it really well with the OEM colors.

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Old 03-18-2016, 02:31 PM   #31
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I would stay away from rust-oleum. You should try and get some paint from a site like http://www.paintscratch.com . They match it really well with the OEM colors.
I won't be using rust-oleum for my color, I'm actually returning that...it's not the shade I want. I will however, be using their primer and matte finish clear coat. I'm using dupli-color for my paint. There is no color name however, but it is very similar to the shade and shiny qualities of the MacBook Pro I'm typing on.

Edit: It's also less metallically/sparkly.

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Old 03-20-2016, 01:32 PM   #32
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well as you found out the 330Ci got the silver front facia trim.

i painted mine Silver on my 323Ci some ten odd years ago. i also painted my headlight inserts to match. i prepped and rattle canned them. looked great and also held up fine.
the parts remove real easy with exception of the center mesh grid.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:51 AM   #33
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well as you found out the 330Ci got the silver front facia trim.

i painted mine Silver on my 323Ci some ten odd years ago. i also painted my headlight inserts to match. i prepped and rattle canned them. looked great and also held up fine.
the parts remove real easy with exception of the center mesh grid.
Pics? And the grill mesh was hard to move as in it was stubborn?
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:11 PM   #34
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Started moving on this today. Fog lights are currently primed, but would love any advice for removing the bumper mesh grill? There were clips on some pins on the bottom, but the top is hard. Would love to hear what anyone thinks about removing it. Again, it's a pre-facelift coupe front bumper (mesh grill)
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:03 AM   #35
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All finished! I used 1,500 grit all the way to the end, and then on the top coat I used 2000 grit, followed by a polish. My process was wash, sand with 1500, prime 3 times, paint 3 times with last coat being thick (per cans instructions), and final coat. Yes, it could have been better. The pain is a little inconsistent and there are a few imperfections where I put thick layers on. All imperfections were due to my impatience. I don't care because the trim is so low most people won't see them. I'm definitely happy with the results. I will do the mesh grill later.
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:43 PM   #36
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Glix if you were to paint the rear diffuser of an MTech 2 bumper black to give it a more glossy look how would you go about that? Same steps as in post #22?
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Old 06-29-2016, 01:49 PM   #37
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Just want to say that I do recommend a paint gun, and that should fix the imperfections I told you about on my other thread
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