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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
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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 05:52:20 PM   #11
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Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

I would buy new front fenders that are the same color as your car. Factory paint is the best option, espeically if it matches your car. The less new paint you put on the car, the better.
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I would buy new front fenders that are the same color as your car. Factory paint is the best option, espeically if it matches your car. The less new paint you put on the car, the better.

That's a good call, I'll be on the lookout for imola part outs. And I think you're right about new paint. I don't want to mess with the paint that is still decent and will likely be fine (albeit not perfect) for years to come
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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 05:59:50 PM   #13
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Yeah, I think you're right. Do you drive your car on the street frequently?

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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 06:50:55 PM   #14
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Yep, this car needs a complete teardown, all rust attended to/removed from vehicle, full sealant sprayed to keep rust from reoccurring and a nice fresh coat of paint.

Your car needs a lot of work. Sorry but this car has indeed seen better days.
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Most body shops have a small hand held sand blaster made for small spots like that and being a professional painter I would recommend paint the whole car if you want it to all match bc paint that old will be slightly faded and you won't get a good match. The mirror isn't rust the base is made of some kind of pot metal but it can be repaired by a competent body shop.


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The rust has progressed quite far already. If you want the car to last, you need to do something quickly. However, as others have pointed out, it's very expensive to respray a whole car, even more if it's rusted like yours. I'd seriously consider selling the car as-is and finding another one. You will never get back the amount of money you will put into this car. Cut your losses and get out.
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The rust has progressed quite far already. If you want the car to last, you need to do something quickly. However, as others have pointed out, it's very expensive to respray a whole car, even more if it's rusted like yours. I'd seriously consider selling the car as-is and finding another one. You will never get back the amount of money you will put into this car. Cut your losses and get out.
^^This^^ is also an option for you. This poor car has just been really punished. I purchased a 2002 with 96K miles from Virginia and it does not have a spot of rust on the body of the car. Only slight and very slight surface rust under the car. The PO of you car just said F it and drove the shizz out of it in rain, sleet or snow.

The cost of repairs would be very high.
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The rust has progressed quite far already. If you want the car to last, you need to do something quickly. However, as others have pointed out, it's very expensive to respray a whole car, even more if it's rusted like yours. I'd seriously consider selling the car as-is and finding another one. You will never get back the amount of money you will put into this car. Cut your losses and get out.
The thing is, I'm not really looking to have a pristine car (that is, it's just not practical on a car that serves this purpose). This car will continue to be tracked, drifted, rallied if possible, etc. I'm not going to do that with a nice clean example, as it would start to look like mine in no time. I'd like to stop dailying the car within 10 years or so (pretty much random goal) and have it as a track car, but until then I would like the exterior to look acceptable for the street (as it is now I'd say), but with the rust taken care of.

If I tried selling it I wouldn't get anything close to what my dad and I have put into it so far, it's just not worth it imo. Mechanically the car is very much sorted out, will have to redo the rear end (diff, new subframe, bushings) eventually but the original diff is still kicking and the bushings are fresh.

My thinking now is to get the problem areas fixed (door jam rust, tail light rust) and just look for imola cars that are being parted out. There's no rush for the other areas as its more of a cosmetic thing (not rusting) but eventually I ought to be able to find a hood, fenders, mirror cap, etc if I need it.
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That right side mis-match is mega obvious, no two ways about it. That would drive me nuts. The problem is that the car is so many different shades that blending would be a waste of time.

That car needs a complete respray or nothing at all. Anything in the middle is a waste of money and time, in my opinion. And since that car isn't worth much a respray makes no sense. I say enjoy it for what it is and don't waste any money on trying to make a rough car look new.
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The thing is, I'm not really looking to have a pristine car (that is, it's just not practical on a car that serves this purpose). This car will continue to be tracked, drifted, rallied if possible, etc. I'm not going to do that with a nice clean example, as it would start to look like mine in no time. I'd like to stop dailying the car within 10 years or so (pretty much random goal) and have it as a track car, but until then I would like the exterior to look acceptable for the street (as it is now I'd say), but with the rust taken care of.



If I tried selling it I wouldn't get anything close to what my dad and I have put into it so far, it's just not worth it imo. Mechanically the car is very much sorted out, will have to redo the rear end (diff, new subframe, bushings) eventually but the original diff is still kicking and the bushings are fresh.



My thinking now is to get the problem areas fixed (door jam rust, tail light rust) and just look for imola cars that are being parted out. There's no rush for the other areas as its more of a cosmetic thing (not rusting) but eventually I ought to be able to find a hood, fenders, mirror cap, etc if I need it.

I would just repaint the side panel and call it the day. Not sure why you need to repaint the whole damned car.

It's an old azz E46 M3. Who really cares? Hell...there's a rustoleum red spray paint that's pretty close to Imola that I've been touching up my car with. Seriously.

Unless you want to constantly worry about what other men will think about your car...then you'll need to repaint the whole car and tell everyone how much you spent on your garage queen.

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