This made it back to the front page and got my attention. Boy am I sorry it did, because this is like a train-wreck. You can feel free to disown me, but here's my 2 cents:
First, this guy has a legitimate complaint in my opinion - nowhere does Slim's page (even now, 6 months later) indicate that this product requires sanding, painting, or drilling. Notice the difference between his page
and a couple places
that come up when one searches for E39 lip.
We can all argue that he "should have known" that it required such preparation, but I'll just say flat out that that is crap. I've been around cars forever myself, and if you don't tell me I'm getting a raw product I assume it is finished - especially if your pictures look like such! Slim may be a great guy, but his website needs to be factual, and right now it leaves out a couple major points, namely the requirement to sand and paint this product, rather than the option to.
Second, calling for this guy to be banned or the thread to be locked is simply unacceptable, and frankly, you all should be ashamed of yourselves. If you don't like what he has to say then don't read it. But at least here in the US, where most of you are from, he darn well has the right to say it. But let's play this out and assume we do ban him. What did we accomplish except to reinforce his view that the way he approached this situation was appropriate? Did 2 parties ever reach a mutual understanding and conclusion to a conflict by NOT talking to each other? I'm sorry folks, but this is one of the biggest issues that we face in the world right now - an inability to listen to each other and have a constructive conversation without resorting to insults or simply re-stating a position over and over again - and this thread is a microcosm of exactly that. Honestly, I expect better from the members here and am embarrassed by how this guy got treated.
Lastly, OP - you own some of this as well. Your initial thread, while perhaps factual, didn't seek to confirm your position and understanding. I might suggest that in the future, you simply think about it this way when posting "What if I'm wrong?". For example, what if SlimBones is a 1 man shop? Should there still be a backup plan if someone gets sick? What if you just got a bad product, or the guy who's out is the QC guy? Would you still have written your post the same way? Sure, you should be irritated, but the question is what should the source of the irritation be? It seems that the general consensus here is that that piece requires sanding and painting. What if that's true and you just didn't know that ahead of time? I'd still be irritated with Slim, but I'd be equally irritated with myself for not knowing more about the product.
Sorry to drag this back to the top, but I couldn't in all good conscience just let this discussion go, not with everything going on in the world (at least US) these days.