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Old 04-05-2019, 05:34 AM   #1
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Realistically, what's the best price/range to pay to re-paint entire e46 in So Cal?

Hi guys, I live in OC, CA. My e46 is a 19-year-old salvage titanium silver. It used to look so nice just a few years ago! Currently, the front bumper is cracked (needs replacement), both m3 style mirrors peeling after 10 years after the market paint job. The CSL trunk lid is peeling clear coat and has micro-cracks along edge with chips, rear bumper has chips, and the driver side door has a half ass / old pink Bondo job 10x12 right under the mirror from being clipped.

I've been considering $60 spray cans of OEM paint/primer/clear coat, then "touch up" the door and hit the mirror, leave the zip tied cracked bumper...
I doubt the car is worth $2.5k now, so not worth spending much. If I'm patient, ask around, etc... what's the lowest I can expect to pay for half a decent job? Doing some research I've read anywhere from $700 to $5k, honestly, $700 would be a bit too much right now! Thanks for any insight..
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Yep it'll pretty much cost more than your car is worth. Even in the cheapest parts of the US, it will still cost more than $700 lol I don't even know of any place that will do it for $700 for the entire car tbh. Honestly, I think your best bet is to plastidip your car yourself. It's going to be way cheaper than anything out there. I think a kit is like $300 or so? You could also vinyl wrap the entire car yourself too. But I think that's too much work for what amounts to the same price as plastidip, which is way easier to apply.
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:24 AM   #3
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Yep it'll pretty much cost more than your car is worth. Even in the cheapest parts of the US, it will still cost more than $700 lol I don't even know of any place that will do it for $700 for the entire car tbh. Honestly, I think your best bet is to plastidip your car yourself. It's going to be way cheaper than anything out there. I think a kit is like $300 or so? You could also vinyl wrap the entire car yourself too. But I think that's too much work for what amounts to the same price as plastidip, which is way easier to apply.
Thanks, I never heard of plastidip, will need to do more research to see if it's worth doing on bondo / mirrors.
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