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post #21 of 59 Old 2nd June 2013, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by MotherSport View Post
Oh! You're from New York... Makes sense.

OP perfect timing with this thread - I was just washing mine and looking at the paint and not only is it in terrible condition but I am also so sick of silver - it might very well be the least rewarding color offered in my opinion.

Cost is always pertinent, but there are a couple of other things I am concerned with, mainly the longevity of the paint and how it will hold up 15 years from now with daily driving duties.

Wrapping the car is an interesting idea - I'm going to start reading about that as a potential band-aid for a couple of years potentially and then make a decision from there.

To an earlier point made - painting the car is expensive, and I could only imagine that getting new trim and everything else to go along with the new paint would make it that much more of a hit to the checkbook.

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Originally Posted by bimmerule View Post
Oh snap, CALL OUT!

I wear rock chips as badge of honor, don't you worry about me hommie.
He be dicing you.....

Mother- there are very, very few BMW dealers that have in house body and paint. VERY few. They'll take the car at the building that has the BMW sign, just another company does the work. And, along with 'rule, 'knowing the car' isnt in the top 10 of things to be concerned about....

There are a few guys chiming in here who's opinion I'd respect- and this is the crux of your challenge: the public by and large is clueless about paint quality. One guy will swear he got a perfect job, and if I got that job I might be deciding to file a lawsuit. Its impossible to compare prices given the lack of quality standards.

$7k sounds right for a repaint, using the same color. You need to strip the car- mouldings, lights, bumpers, etc, etc. Rope or remove the windows, sunroof molding... etc. Prep. Sand down and repair any dings, chips, etc. Then color coat- SKILLED painter, get the metallic 'clouding' right...then clearcoat. Multiple layers. Add colorsanding for high-visible areas to eliminate any orange peel. Buff it out, reassemble, replace all the broken clips and ripped weatherstrips.

A repaint will never make financial sense- never. If this will be your baby, the pride and joy, you'll keep it for many years...everything else is running 100%...knock yourself out, spend the money

Otherwise keep the beast at 100% and her inner beauty will shine through....
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I had my car painted last year. The guys did a great job using top end materials and it cost me around £7k. I still made some compromises with trims but replaced anything damaged, there is a point that you have to stop. The car looks fantastic and I'm very happy with it but it is a big, expensive job and you really need to have good people doing the work.

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Ard touched on this, but you also need to consider the value of doing this. Lets say you go spend the 7K, you already know that it's not going to increase the value of the car $7K, but you need to understand that this will decrease the value to a lot of buyers. If the legitimate sale price of your car was 20K, you could be looking at a sale price of 13K or less. M5 buyers are a picky group. First assuming you have ALL maintenence records, original window sticker, photos of the car on the assembly in Germany, proof that the car has always been stored in a hermetically sealed temeprature controlled garage, and less that 1700 miles, the potential buyer will then whip out his $1000 paint thickness measuring device and take no less than 400 paint thickness measurements on the car. If any one of these measuremements is outside of factory specs (which every single one will be on your beautifly repainted car) he will either become un-interested or offer you the 12-13K I mentioned earlier.

So be aware, a paintjob should be for the car if you are keeping it forever.

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Some dealers have in house Paint and Body some don't. My local dealer (Classic BMW) has in house P&B, but they also outsource less critical work. Prior to owning my M, I had a 335i. The front bumper was looking pretty bad so I decided to get it resprayed. I took it to the dealer and was quoted $900 for a respray or $1100 for a new bumper and spray. I thought it was a bit excessive so I decided to look around another forum that I belong to for indy recommendations. After a couple days I found out Classic outsources to a local Indy for less critical work. My quote was $375 if i pull the bumper off myself or $475 if i just have them do it. I decided to go with $475 being that my paint was Black Saphire Metallic. Several days later I picked up the car and it was perfect. No orange peal, cloudiness or any other imperfections. A couple weeks later I was at the dealer picking up some parts and ran into the owner of the independent shop. He was picking up several cars for resprays.
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Wrap it for 2K, get 4 - 6 years out if it and then wrap it again.
I am very skeptical that removing the wrap won't do any damage, especially if the clear coat is already starting to peel. It seems to me that removing the wrap will only peel it further.

I wrapped a portion of my interior trim and decided to remove it and it completely ripped off the finish of the is backed with an adhesive after all.

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If your paint is in bad shape then you could have some problems.
Did you heat it before you peeled?
Did you use the 3m "air seal" material? Did you ever use a cleaner that might have dried out the vinyl?
Also... Keep in mind that the interior trim will react different than properly painted metal.
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I get around all this "nice paint" fuss by keeping the car tastefully dirty. Not mudbogging dirty but dusty. For example right now there is so much pollen on the car that you cant even see the swirl marks anymore. +1hp
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