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Old 12-12-2003, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys i was thinking about just painting my front side and rear bumper all red to match my car, but it is a 94 and getting old so i was thinking it might be time to just paint the whole car. Of course i would paint it bmw red again but how much on average do you think itwould cost to get a paint jobon the whole car?

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Old 12-13-2003, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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a paint job will never be as perfect as it was the first time it was done. no matter how much you spend or how hard they try there will always be flaws in the paint and also paint where theres not supposed to be any. you could pay between 2000 and 10,000 depending on where you go.
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A decent respray with clear will run an average of 4-5 at a reputiable location.

Dont go to Earl or Macco, or some local place that advertises resprays for 150.
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Old 12-13-2003, 09:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dont go to Earl or Macco, or some local place that advertises resprays for 150.
Maaco does great paint jobs actually, as long as you get their premium base coat / clear coat service, not that 1-step enamel junk. I had my entire front end re-painted at Maaco, paid half of what any other shop wanted, and the paint is perfect. Expect probably 3 to 4k for a complete repaint.
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Macco is notorious for only lasting 3-4 years though.
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Old 12-14-2003, 02:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A decent respray with clear will run an average of 4-5 at a reputiable location.

4-5 hundred right? and what does a respray and clear do?

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Old 12-14-2003, 02:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally posted by bigred318+Dec 14 2003, 03:17 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (bigred318 @ Dec 14 2003, 03:17 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-El Presidente@Dec 13 2003, 08:22 AM
A decent respray with clear will run an average of 4-5 at a reputiable location.

4-5 hundred right? and what does a respray and clear do?

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you wish david. with 4-5 hundered youll be lucky not to get spray paint from a can. a decent paint job in canada is like 7-8grand, so it would be like 5 grand american.
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Old 12-14-2003, 02:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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oh yeah as you can see from my signature thats how my paint is looking on my car? do you guys think thats faded at all? or they could take the paint code/ and just do my bumpers and side skirts? that way i dont have to paint my whole damn car? thanks for the imput

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if you want to bring some of your paints luster back you should buy the following products:

Claybar
Swirlremover
Polish
Sealant
Glaze
Carnuba Wax

apply those in their proper order and your car will have a wonderfully deep finish. You sideskirts already have body paint on them, there is an FAQ on how to remove it. They could use the paint code for bumpers.
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okay yeah 4-5 hundread didnt seem right but i didnt think 5 grand would be either damn! thats crazy! but yeah i know about the paint under the skirts and will do that myself, and i think ill just get my front and back painted! about how much for both will it cost? also where is the paint code on my car and how can i find it?

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I havn't checked lately but I got my huge chevy extended cab truck painted silver with a silver flake for like $600. Did a real nice job, I would think under a grand you could get a good job.
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okay yeah 4-5 hundread didnt seem right but i didnt think 5 grand would be either damn! thats crazy! but yeah i know about the paint under the skirts and will do that myself, and i think ill just get my front and back painted! about how much for both will it cost? also where is the paint code on my car and how can i find it?

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for the trim to be painted 5hundered sounds right,
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your paint code is listed on the shocktower and inside driver door.
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Be careful when having plastic painted. It'll unfortunately never match the rest of the car completely for two reasons. 1. Plastic just adheres differently so it sometimes will be off somewhat but not too much 2. Your trim is gonna look so fresh you're gonna wanna do something to the rest of the car. I don't know how critical you are but you may wanna see if you can buy a nice set of already existing ones from a wrecked E36. That way you're more than likely sure they'll match and have a more similar look to your cars existing paint.
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Old 12-16-2003, 03:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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hey dude thats a really good idea about buying one from the wrecked car! i might start looking around for that, if not, will the newly painted bumpers look bad compared to the rest of my car... I might just bag it, and put all my lighting on, then wait 1.5 years and get my 328 or m3! sounds fun!

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