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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, Sep-28-2017, 05:19:29 PM   #1
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Default Clearcoat issues?!

Hey guys,

So my clear coat is peeling, on two small spots on top of the rear bumper. Cali sun got to it.

Is it easy to DIY clear coat this where it turns out looking ok?

If not anyone know a shop in SoCal that will do it, but not for an unseen amount of money?

Thanks
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Default Re: Clearcoat issues?!

Best bet would be to have it taken care of before it spreads. Its not like a paint chip that you can just fill a little and make look better. I would also consider making sure the car has a layer of sealant at all times or get a ceramic coating because chances are the clear coat is pretty thing if you are seeing it start to fail.
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Best bet would be to have it taken care of before it spreads. Its not like a paint chip that you can just fill a little and make look better. I would also consider making sure the car has a layer of sealant at all times or get a ceramic coating because chances are the clear coat is pretty thing if you are seeing it start to fail.
Know of any reputable shops? Socal?
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Hey guys,

So my clear coat is peeling, on two small spots on top of the rear bumper. Cali sun got to it.

Is it easy to DIY clear coat this where it turns out looking ok?

If not anyone know a shop in SoCal that will do it, but not for an unseen amount of money?

Thanks
What color and how big of an area? Pics?
You can repair it but it is a lot of work and will cost around $100 in paint and supplies if you have nothing (sandpaper, adhesion promoter, clear blend solvent, masks, tape l, plastic sheeting etc.).

If the clear has failed there and the base paint is exposed and it's a metallic color you cannot clear over it easily. It needs to be sanded where the clear coat failed and scuff the base coat, lightly sanded over good clear coat, laydown paint over the old sanded base and blend the color out and finally blend clearcoat. I've done it and while not body shop controlled climate quality, it made it very liveable. I have another area to do, maybe I will post a diy. It takes patience but very doable and looks good enough til you feel like having it professionally sprayed.
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Know of any reputable shops? Socal?
Oleg

Where are you located?

I know a guy that does mobile touch up out of an Anaheim shop. If you are deep in LA might be outside his radius.
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What color and how big of an area? Pics?
You can repair it but it is a lot of work and will cost around $100 in paint and supplies if you have nothing (sandpaper, adhesion promoter, clear blend solvent, masks, tape l, plastic sheeting etc.).

If the clear has failed there and the base paint is exposed and it's a metallic color you cannot clear over it easily. It needs to be sanded where the clear coat failed and scuff the base coat, lightly sanded over good clear coat, laydown paint over the old sanded base and blend the color out and finally blend clearcoat. I've done it and while not body shop controlled climate quality, it made it very liveable. I have another area to do, maybe I will post a diy. It takes patience but very doable and looks good enough til you feel like having it professionally sprayed.
Its Silver Grey. Its a few round like spots about the thickness of my fist on the outer edges of the top of the rear bumper. Ill try to get pics soon.


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Oleg

Where are you located?

I know a guy that does mobile touch up out of an Anaheim shop. If you are deep in LA might be outside his radius.

I live in Sherman Oaks, or work in Beverly hills during the week.
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