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Old 08-28-2004, 01:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im looking to get the whole car changed to black. my original color is a gold like color. how much would this cost to get done?
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Totally depends where you do it and the quality of the paint. If you want factory quality paint, look at spending around 2 grand or so.
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are u estimating that with prep work done at home, or buy the shop? i also wanna paint mine black
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Old 08-28-2004, 02:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah all the prep work you can do at home, wejust did it for a buddies car its not that hard, as long as your cars body isnt in horrible condition!

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yeah i would do it at home,but still 2K in painting services alone? for a bmw factory finish?
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yeah bmw factory paint isnt cheap by all means, but then again nothing for a bmw is.. but thats what makes them great eh

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Unless you're looking at a Maaco type paint job (which I wouldn't recommend to anyone with any car), a decent professional paint job will cost you from $2000 and up.
If you get a quote for less then the shop is going to cut corners somewhere.
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Yeah dude, I hate to break it to you, but paint is incredibly expensive. And I would NEVER take it to a random shop, becuase you have NO idea the quality of their paint. And besides the fact that it costs about 2k to paint your car, the paint shop is going to want to keep your car for AT LEAST a week, probably more. And if you're me, that means renting a car. I got my Liberty for 39.99 a day, which isn't bad, but hey I'm still spending $320 a week.
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DO NOT PAINT YOUR CAR ANOTHER COLOR unless you have mad chedda! If you don't have $2500+ to spend on doing it right, it will seriously devalue your car. I don't blame you though, there certainly is something beautiful about a black Bimmer :P
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Paint will range from 600 (garbage) to 6,000 (beautiful) ..... If you are changing color you will pay a lot more because then they have to do door jams and all of the other edges or it will look like crap. I would just go get the same color maybe with a little more tint or a slight bit of pearl or something in it. That way they do not have to paint the edges and you can get a much cheaper quote. It will look a lot better because i am sure your finish has 10 or so years of sun damage.
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$2500 sounds relatively cheap for a high quality paint job. my dad just got a quote to change the color of his S class for $7000 CDN. surely the enjoyment you would get out of changing the color is not worth the cost. imagine what else you could do with all that money.
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or you could do it urself? were gunna practice on my friends integra first. they we'll see
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or you could do it urself? were gunna practice on my friends integra first. they we'll see
Planning on pulling the engine, or are you gonna leave the engine bay a different color? Better yet are gonna pull off the doors, hood, trunk, etc. to make a different color as opposed to a "different color?" Not to sound negative, but unless you have the booth and the know how, this is a fairly tall order...
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Paint will range from 600 (garbage) to 6,000 (beautiful) ..... If you are changing color you will pay a lot more because then they have to do door jams and all of the other edges or it will look like crap. I would just go get the same color maybe with a little more tint or a slight bit of pearl or something in it. That way they do not have to paint the edges and you can get a much cheaper quote. It will look a lot better because i am sure your finish has 10 or so years of sun damage.
So then by this logic painting your car the same color would be cheaper that painting it a different color because you wont do the engine bay or the door jambs, etc...? Right? Does anyone know how much cheaper? Or is it the same?
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DO NOT PAINT IT. BMW uses special coating to paint its cars. It's mutilple layer painting to prevent corrosion and fading from the sun. If you get repainted, they can't duplicate the process, not even close. Simply call BMW dealer and ask their opinion. They will do everything to stop you from doing it. Not to mention, you'll ruin your look. It will become cameleon color after a while.
Once I thought of repainting my bimmer, but this is what I learned. You gotta love your color or change the car.
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