I have a bright red 1996 318ti that need's repainting. I live in Seattle(which is not the sunniest place in the USA) & have no garage. My red paint is oxidized & separating from the clear coat, some places it's chipping off. I plan to keep it because it's a great car, only has 46K miles, & I can't really buy a new one even if I could afford it(ie a 325ti). Body is in top shape, plastic bumpers, trim, etc.
I'm getting quotes for quality paint jobs in the $4000-6000 range & I'm a bit bewildered by all this. I'm not real fussy about matching doorjambs & bumpers, but I do want to preserve the value of my beloved hatchback...
First, does anyone living in the NW area have any good paint shop recommendations? The 6K quote is from Seattle BMW's paint shop of choice(with a lifetime warranty). This is the whole 9 yards...pulling out all glass, trim, paint doorjambs, etc. I'm trying to narrow it down to any reputable paint shop with a lifetime warranty.
Second, has anyone gotten their beamer painted without pulling out all of the windows? This is probably the most labor intensive part, as say the winshield must be epoxied in because of the airbags, etc. Anyone hear of using the method where the rubber window gaskets are pushed back to allow sanding, etc? This I'm told avoids masking lines since paint goes under the gasket & could save a lot of tedious work. I'm a retired truck/bicycle mechanic & pulling out all the glass seems like a pisser of a job!
Third, any other advice would be greatly appreciated, especially from those who have already had their beamers repainted.