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Old 05-09-2002, 10:26 AM   #1
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Painting OEM bumper question

I recently picked up a OEM Aero kit for the 01 coupe. After going to a couple paint shops, Macco convinced me they could do the job.... well, I guess I am sucker. Luckily I just had them do the front bumper first. the color match was okay but there was a long hair or something in the finish that will need to be sanded and repainted. I decided to install it as is to make sure the color was right before going forward. After about 500 miles of driving I am noticing little rock chips all over the bumper. I don't have any (noticable) on my original 20K mile bumper. What's up with this? Is this just a bad paint job or is it something to do with the material of an OEM Aero bumper. It appears to be white where the factory original appears black. I am thinking of going back to stock rather than trying to work through this issue. Can someone give me faith in aftermarket painting??? I like the looks of the kit.
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Old 05-09-2002, 10:47 AM   #2
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It all comes down to the quality of the body shop...

I've had mirrors and a spoiler painted and the paint match was 100% perfect. It all comes down to the quality of the body shop you take your stuff to.

Obviously, the quality will vary and you should really do your research and try to talk to shops that have worked on BMW's in the past and know how to color match the paint.

I've always viewed Macco as a bargin paint shop and did not even consider taking my stuff to them.

The OEM Aero kit is a beauty and you should invest in good paint work. Your paint should not be chipping so soon from road debris...sounds like they put on a crappy clear coat.

BTW, did you get the Dinan exhaust installed? How do you like it?
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Old 05-09-2002, 10:53 AM   #3
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Bring it to a real body shop
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Old 05-09-2002, 10:58 AM   #4
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I guess I should have known Macco would be problems. They did quote a much cheaper price than the other body shop I was considering - one which has a good reputation, but I cheaped out. Now I will end up paying twice.

Yes, I do have the exhaust installed. I am glad I went with the Dinan rather than the UUC - it is more than loud enough for me - as a matter of fact, I may be switching back to stock. I did that with the CAI and may with the muffler too. Both mods were great but I think I prefer stock..... obviously a personal choice and I had to find out ..... I can see where someone would very much like the mods.

Great pic - that is my color also.
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Old 05-09-2002, 11:00 AM   #5
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Macco problems

You know I was hesitant about Macco all along but they convinced me when they showed me that they do the overflow work the local dealership (BMW) - I was convinced. I think I was had is more appropriate!
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