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Old 04-08-2005, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have some paint chips down to the metal on my hood and near my wheel wells, they've been this way for a long time, like are these gonna rust? I havent noticed any rust? or are bmw's metal really good at not rusting

my old 84 bmw barely has any rust

and I wash off my car ALOT
so should i worrya bouyt them rusting
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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on one edge of my rear door it got scraped and I noticed rust. And on my old 95 318 someone backed into me at a bar and cracked the rear taillight and took some paint off to the metal and within a week it was rusty. I would think that they should have rusted by now, so maybe the hood and wheel wells are treated with some kind of inhibitor.. I would treat those chips anyways, because eventually it will probably rust
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BMW metal are not very good.
The old ones had poor rust protection. I've mainly had E30's before and they all rust like crazy if given the chance.
But the rust is also dependent on the climate, largest problem here is all the salt that's poored on the roads during the winter.

Even the new BMW's rust (cheap bad paint), but not as bad as Mercedeses.
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Go to the dealer and buy some touch-up paint for your car. They will give you a exact match paint with a clear coat. It is like $20 for both little bottles. I would treat all your chips as soon as you notice them. Who knows if they will rust anytime soon but by the time they do you have problems. It is not that expensive and is good to have around anyways. Takes like 2 minutes to do a couple of spots.

That is just me, I still don't understand some people though that have hit things with their front bumpers and such and don;t care if their car looks like crap. I had a small scrape on it when i bought it and already had that repainted.
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I didnt know
How can U say bmw metal is crap
I have an old one and it's barely rusting
Rememebr it's not IN the metal, it's just chipped the paint off, I can see it brown, but not on the metal just under the paint, so it's not rusting the metal
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It's not crap, Opel metal is crap. But it isn't good.
There isn't a single E30 here that is free from rust.

You can see rust in wierd places on E46's too.
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i have the same case and my hood has already started rusting cause i was in a car accident and the paint on it is very cheap.
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mine doesnt have any rust that I can see?
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mine doesnt have any rust that I can see?
but mines an e36 so
and those older cars rust bad anyways
better than a toyota or ford thats for sure
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Rust appeared pretty quickly after i got in a wreck and a few dents cracked the paint. This weekend i finished sanding down the rust, priming and touching up those spots with paint. The touch up paint looks pretty good, and it sure beat taking it to a body shop.
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but these things have been here forever, no rust dectected, but it's not THROUGH the metal, just the paint
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