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Old 03-25-2006, 09:54 AM   #1
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Who here has painted their greys?? Questions...

I've been seriously thinking about painting my greys, but I was told by my car consultant not to do it as the paint eventually flakes off and it would look like shit.

I've seen other E36s that were flaking...but I always thought this is probably due to shit paint...

So questions...first, obviously- those who have painted their greys- do you have a flaking problem and how long since you painted it? Second question- who painted it for you and what paint did you use? Third- how much did it cost?

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Old 03-25-2006, 10:18 AM   #2
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they are actually body colour, you can scrub the grey paint off and it is white underneath...this is only for the sideskirts..

i think the write up is on www.bimmerdiy.com
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Old 03-25-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
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"but I was told by my car consultant not to do it as the paint eventually flakes off and it would look like shit."

yeah hire a new "consultant"

it's paint work, if prepped properly it won't flake.
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Old 03-25-2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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Ya, they're apperently body colored but i dunno how true this is!

My front fender peeled a bit and there was nothing but bare metal underneath!
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Old 03-25-2006, 02:32 PM   #5
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I have painted mine,

sanded down till smooth with a slight roughness, cleaned with dry cloth, and painted with spray paint mixed by Cawthra Automotive
to match orgininal colour. painted 3 coats (about 1 hour apart), then once dry used a spray clear coat bought from same place, so for 1 can of spray paint $20 tax in, 1 can of clear $10 tax in, 1 sanding prep sponge $3 tax in,

total cost $33 tax in, was in and out of the store in 15 mins and did the painting myself about 2 weeks ago,, looks good no peeling yet, but looks 100% better then the old black chip guard crap..

lemme know if you have more questions.. ill try to get some pics too.

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Old 03-25-2006, 02:35 PM   #6
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Did you do the plastic grey as well or just the panel under the doors?
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Old 03-25-2006, 02:42 PM   #7
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painted just the panel under the doors (skirts I guess) and the plastic caps for the jack inserts..
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Which greys are you talking about? Side skirts, or bumpers?

Grey bumpers are not painted, they're actually just grey plastic. If not painted properly, these will flake. You need to sand/prep the area, and put some flex on it, then plastic primer, then paint and clear-coat.

Side skirts are body colored, with grey painted on top. You can use paint thinner and some muscle to remove the grey paint and bring the car's original paint back. If you're going to paint on top of it, then sand it down good, prime, paint, and throw a few shots of clear to protect from rocks. OR, just get some 328 or M3 side skirts, paint those, and bolt those on, on top of the grey.
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Old 03-25-2006, 06:30 PM   #9
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Yeah, if i'm going to do it, I'll be painting the bumpers and the skirts...

So, Proliphic, one can of paint and clear should be enough to paint all round?

And Justin, can you explain in more detail how to prep the surfaces??

Thanks for the responses guys!
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