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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 04-26-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Im looking into getting a new paint job for my M3. White. Anyone recommend anything good? Pros? Cons? Results? Satisifaction? Thanks
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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Im looking into getting a new paint job for my M3. White. Anyone recommend anything good? Pros? Cons? Results? Satisifaction? Thanks
I recommend leaving the car alone. If indeed it needs a paintjob, I recommend respraying it in the same factory color by a reputable shop. If you want to change the color of your BMW and match the quality of oem finish you better have some deep pockets. I guarantee it makes more financial sense to sell the car you have and buy a white one.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #3
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What is aprox the cost for respraying the same color with a good job?

And the results are very good?


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Old 04-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
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Vinyl wrap it

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Old 04-27-2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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if you dont care about resale value just find a good shop. A good quality paint job can run 3000$+. Vyinl wrapping isnt much cheaper but then again you can just peal it off when you dont want the color anymore.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:19 PM   #7
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oh dear god ^^^


I agree with the others. Sell it and buy one in the color you want or vinyl wrap it in the color you like.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:39 PM   #8
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Ok so if the car have some scratchs
, its technicaly better to keep like that, for the resale value, than make a paint job?


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Old 04-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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Ok so if the car have some scratchs
, its technicaly better to keep like that, for the resale value, than make a paint job?


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Post pics of the scratches please.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #10
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Ok so if the car have some scratchs
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If they require paint, it's better to paint what is needed, not the entire car.


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Old 04-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
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its more superficial scratches
Can fix with a compound, but apparently
not recommended...
because you remove some "clear" each time...


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Old 04-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #12
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its more superficial scratches
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Well, painting removes all the clear coat.

If you can fix them with compound, that is far and away your best bet.

You wouldn't get a skin graft just to get rid of a pimple would you?


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Old 04-27-2013, 08:00 PM   #13
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Why an aesthetic Specialist
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if the oem paint...."


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Why he wouldn't make 500$$ !!!


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Old 04-27-2013, 10:23 PM   #15
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Lol. Does he have a brother who will paint the car for you and give you a great deal?


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Old 04-28-2013, 08:13 AM   #16
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Dont repaint the car because you have some scratches.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #17
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Well, you will get many differing opinions regarding your question about painting your car; particularly since you have provided little information as to its current condition and everyone has a different definition of what a "good" paint job is....
Since you asked, a "good" paint job to me is one that is undetectable to just about anyone except a pro who paints cars for a living and/or an enthusiast that has been around cars for a long, long time. Work of this caliber requires a lot of skilled labor and therefore costs more than the average guy might think. Depending on the color, it is not inconceivable for the material alone to cost more than the 3k estimate provided above. Since you want white this won't be the case, but here on the east cost it will cost you twice as much to have the car prepared & painted in its original color properly. There are many that will offer to paint your car for "cheap" but few who will do it correctly. Again, I am sure that there will be others that will state, "I got mine done for $3,500 and it looks great!"; but it is you and only you that can determine if it meets your standards. If you want to find a painter that can perform nearly undetectable work, check with the guys on the Porsche and Ferrari forms as they are usually very very particular and will let you know if someone is good or not. Once you find a place, ask them to see some of their work IN PERSON. Pictures are not a good way to determine the quality of paintwork. Good Luck
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:44 PM   #18
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Well, you will get many differing opinions regarding your question about painting your car; particularly since you have provided little information as to its current condition and everyone has a different definition of what a "good" paint job is....
Since you asked, a "good" paint job to me is one that is undetectable to just about anyone except a pro who paints cars for a living and/or an enthusiast that has been around cars for a long, long time. Work of this caliber requires a lot of skilled labor and therefore costs more than the average guy might think. Depending on the color, it is not inconceivable for the material alone to cost more than the 3k estimate provided above. Since you want white this won't be the case, but here on the east cost it will cost you twice as much to have the car prepared & painted in its original color properly. There are many that will offer to paint your car for "cheap" but few who will do it correctly. Again, I am sure that there will be others that will state, "I got mine done for $3,500 and it looks great!"; but it is you and only you that can determine if it meets your standards. If you want to find a painter that can perform nearly undetectable work, check with the guys on the Porsche and Ferrari forms as they are usually very very particular and will let you know if someone is good or not. Once you find a place, ask them to see some of their work IN PERSON. Pictures are not a good way to determine the quality of paintwork. Good Luck
In a nutshell, lets just say that a 3500 paintjob will be far inferior to oem either way you look at it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:03 AM   #19
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get compound & detail to fix scratches. if you are worried about integrity of paint, or want a new color... sell the car and buy an m3 with the color you want. Far better decision from an economical / logical standpoint imo.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #20
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Respraying the car would be silly. Compounding removes a TINY amount of clear. As long as the car hasn't had a crap respray the amount removed is negligible.

Besides, a good specialist (not the guy you've talked to) will use a paint thickness gauge before deciding what approach to take with the correction.
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