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I found a really nice body kit for a 325is and i'd buy it in a second but im not sure how much it would cost to paint. Its skirts, front, and bumper. Should i paint it myself or go to a costly professional? I want it in black.
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If you're a little technical DIY........ You save a lot of money........ Go to an automotive parts shop and get a few black spray cans and ground paint and it is coloured within a couple of hours!!

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well on the flip side of dutch's idea , i got mine pro done, it wasnt expensive to do at all and worth every penny

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how much for the painting of the parts?
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$500 for a good paint, flex agent, and clear.

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so what would i need to do to paint it myself. Since its black i dont see how i could really screw it up. How long do u think it would take?!!
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The sideskirts you should be able to do no prob, but heres the problem with DIY painting bumpers.

1. If you dont add a flex agent, the paint wont bend with the plastic and will crack and peel. I do not know if the flex agent is available to the public or not.

2. It must be hot and clean. Ideal painting environment is 100 degrees and absolutely dust free.

3. Unless you have an airbrush, you are using a spray can. One pause or slip of the hand, or even a difference in pressure on the nozzle can result in uneven coverage.

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Sorry to bring this topic up, it's old. But, how much would it cost to get my alpine white 4 door 328i painted to black, professionally done? It looks clean, I just bought it but I would like it in black.
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No matter how much you tried, the new paint job would not be clean unless you shelled out serious cash. In order for the job to look decent the entire car would need to be disassembled. Otherwise, whenever you open the hood, doors, or trunk, the color will still be white.

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first i think that new guy needs to change his avatar its really confusing seeing his right below furious's haha but yeah so when you said 500$ were you sying to get the front side and back bumpers all painted? Where would you go to get that deal?

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500 would a get a decent coat on the front and rear, and clear on the sides. you'd need to remove the gray yourself. I would look around for local reputible paint/body shops.

Another option is to go to a tech school and let students paint it. You generally only have to pay the cost of paint and there will be an experienced instructor overseeing the process.

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yeah im pissed the tech school in my town just stopped doing that again till summer! so if i decide to paint my car ill have to wait till then! but i think ill take it to some place around town! So when i take my paint off the sides myself, i have to have them put a clear coat over that after i am done, and then they will paint my rear and front and put clear coat on it, for around 500$ or so! thats pretty tight!

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If you are someone who is really picky (like myself) I would get it professionally done. I painted a door and fender of my old car because I had some rust around the door handle so I removed it and filled it etc. It was the biggest pain painting it all and getting it right. I used the really cheap can's of spray paint and did quite a few coats and then polished it and did clear coat. Overall it turned out pretty good, not a perfect match, it could have used more clear since it didn't look as deep as the other paint. I'm glad I didn't get it professionally done because it would have been a waste of money for the car but I don't ever want to do it again.
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