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Old 07-23-2017, 02:50 PM   #1
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Ideas and suggestions

Hey so I've recently got an '02 325ci and have gotten everything mechanically fixxed but now Im looking to fix the outside cuz shes a little rough.

Open to all ideas and suggestions as far as paint or wrap....even dip (shhh)

Shop suggestions are more than welcome as through this site I've gotten amazing advice as far as shops and places to get parts for cheap

Included some pics of what she looks like right now

Looking for something temp for now as my bumpers arent an exact match and the hood....well yea you'll see how terrible it is.

The plan for next year or year and a half (if no other issues pop up) is to go alpine white with tints and blacked out everything else but till then what should I do???
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:44 PM   #2
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Topaz Blue is one of my fave colours, but that's in pretty rough shape. Good luck with the resto.

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Old 09-26-2017, 10:32 AM   #3
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Likely going to be pretty expensive if you don't have any friends in the body shop business.
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Old 09-27-2017, 12:42 AM   #4
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isn't blacking out things a thing of the past? or is it just me lol every time I see a blacked out car I cringe but to each there own I guess.

the cheapest option would be to plastidip the car, 2d would be a wrap and 3d would be a complete repaint, plastidip will peel sooner, as for a complete wrap it will also peel but will take a long time, also with rock chips and such it would be hard to fix or cover up, while the pastidip u can cover the imperfections.

as for the rust look and see if its not going threw the metal or is it surface bubble rust, you wet sand it and bondo any deep groves, then do what ever u want plastidip wrap or paint good luck
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:54 PM   #5
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Paint the bumper and side skirts. Polish rest of car. As for the quarter panels and hood, doesn't look to hard to sand, bondo and paint. If you need someone to do this for you pm me but your looking at around 700. Maybe best to save up 3gs and do a full paint job. If you go apline white from topaz blue with everything blacked out, just quit this forum.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:35 AM   #6
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I have the exact same car but in manual!! A "slick-top" .......

Front fenders if rusted, take them off and find a set from someone parting out a car. you can get them fairly cheap. Rust..... close to impossible to get ahead of that game.

Clean those salt stains up with steam or boiling hot water. Find someone selling a set of OEM summer mats, clean them up nice and that will help set off the interior.

Need to sand down that hood in the bad areas to make it smooth, then carbon fibre wrap (if that's your thing), or find something some other type of wrap. Or plasti-dip. Do the hood and roof......... or whatever turns your crank. I've wrapped stuff myself with a heat gun and some patience and it turned out fine (Mini Countryman hood recently which is a complex beast at best).

Wheels. Get some wheels. BMW X5 19" tiger claws and a drop........ like 8 fat chicks kinda drop.
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