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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, 10:53:40 PM   #21
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Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

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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.
I would say the paint needs nothing, except addressing of the rust. If I'm going to have the car for a while I think it would be wise to fix it sooner rather than later

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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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Agreed... frankly the car is a driver and still manages to look pretty nice to my eyes. Cars with pristine paint are great and all, but it's just not what this particular M3 is about at this point which is fine with me. Most people say they can't believe how clean the car is until I point out all the flaws lol, and I don't imagine any girls giving a sh**. In my experience most see it and just think 'oo shiny red car' ... Of course a car enthusiast will see that the car has been used

Basically I'm not trying to impress anyone I just want a car that passes for looking mostly normal. Just gotta get that damn rust..
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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 11:11:18 PM   #22
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I would say the paint needs nothing, except addressing of the rust. If I'm going to have the car for a while I think it would be wise to fix it sooner rather than later

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I'm not saying the car doesn't look good - it's sweet.

Rather, I'm saying that it's not a good use of money to go very far with it considering that you've got more than one shade of Imola. It only takes a few panels before you're looking at a $3-5k shop bill.

Fix the rust, yes. They can probably do a very small spot repair and re-clear the entire quarter, avoiding an obvious blend and keeping the cost down.
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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 11:28:45 PM   #23
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I'm not saying the car doesn't look good - it's sweet.

Rather, I'm saying that it's not a good use of money to go very far with it considering that you've got more than one shade of Imola. It only takes a few panels before you're looking at a $3-5k shop bill.
I gotcha, I didn't mean to give the impression I was offended or anything; the reality is that the paint is in much worse condition than most of the street driven cars seen on M3F. It seems like the only 'logical' routes are to either totally strip and respray the car back to (close to) factory fresh spec and have a 200k mile 'rebuilt' M3, or to just put the minimum work in to get rid of the rust and keep the car looking decent.

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Fix the rust, yes. They can probably do a very small spot repair and re-clear the entire quarter, avoiding an obvious blend and keeping the cost down.
Agreed, this is pretty much what I'm shooting for
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I gotcha, I didn't mean to give the impression I was offended or anything; the reality is that the paint is in much worse condition than most of the street driven cars seen on M3F. It seems like the only 'logical' routes are to either totally strip and respray the car back to (close to) factory fresh spec and have a 200k mile 'rebuilt' M3, or to just put the minimum work in to get rid of the rust and keep the car looking decent.
We're on exactly the same page - I see those as the only solutions here, too, since anything in-between is pointless.

The problem, then, is that the full-blown respray is expensive as hell and you've got to think long and hard about essentially dumping that money into this car. Hey, if you can drop 8k++ on a paint job then I'm jelly as hell
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We're on exactly the same page - I see those as the only solutions here, too, since anything in-between is pointless.

The problem, then, is that the full-blown respray is expensive as hell and you've got to think long and hard about essentially dumping that money into this car. Hey, if you can drop 8k++ on a paint job then I'm jelly as hell
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Tbh I can't afford anything close to it lol. But I'm a lucky SOB and have a generous dad who just might be willing to help 'finish' sorting out the car for me. I will be very much on my own next year with my whopping $3k bank account and ME degree lol, at least I have a kickass M3

Even if it was an option to get it totally resprayed, I'm not sure how I would feel about doing it. I want to go drifting and rallying if possible, just for fun, so I was hoping the M3 would be my eternal fun car if it's all I got (would of course need a separate daily car if the e46 gets really hardcore). Given all of the money that I, along with my dad have put into the car already I just want to make a financially sound decision and not make any big mistakes
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Maybe attack all the rust and wrap it?

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Car has a ton of miles. Beat on it. Use it. Track it. And don't dump the money into it.
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The mirror base is aluminum so have that sand blasted then painted. I would just fix that and the rust on the door jam because that bubbling is only gonna get worse and that's where the latch catches onto. It would suck if it were to rip off. Leave the rest alone, not worth repainting the whole car unless you really REALLY feel like spending money.
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Maybe attack all the rust and wrap it?

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Not a terrible idea, but I'm generally not too keen on wrapping the car

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Car has a ton of miles. Beat on it. Use it. Track it. And don't dump the money into it.
I just don't want the car to go to absolute sh*t if I keep it for a while, and I'm planning to put more into it as far as performance mods go (bbk, built rear end, seats etc). I suppose the components will keep the same value no matter what car they're installed on though

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The mirror base is aluminum so have that sand blasted then painted. I would just fix that and the rust on the door jam because that bubbling is only gonna get worse and that's where the latch catches onto. It would suck if it were to rip off. Leave the rest alone, not worth repainting the whole car unless you really REALLY feel like spending money.
Yeah I'm not really worried about the mirror, that component can be easily replaced individually. Its basically just the door jam rust and the rust above the left tail light. Maybe I should just leave it and keep an eye on it for a while..
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Yeah I'm not really worried about the mirror, that component can be easily replaced individually. Its basically just the door jam rust and the rust above the left tail light. Maybe I should just leave it and keep an eye on it for a while..
If you want to keep the car in one piece, you need to fix the rust ASAP. It's an ongoing process and keeps getting worse. You need to catch it before the panel is perforated.
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