BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > E46 M3 (2001-2006)
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

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.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 05:00:22 PM   #41
BTB
Registered User
 
BTB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,892
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 BTB is on a distinguished road
Location: Chicagoland->Louisville->Los Angeles

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Quote:
Originally Posted by chatcher View Post
It's been said before and I know you don't want to hear it. This car is not worth paying someone else to fix. For sure if you DIY its ok but as soon as you start sinking thousands of dollars into having someone else repair the body work that money is gone. At the current age and mileage if you are in an accident whether its your fault or not the car will most likely be totaled (rust or no rust) Then there's ever increasing chance of major mechanical failure that could be the end for this car. Just drive it. Then on the weekends get yourself some bondo and sandpaper at Autozone and have a wack at it.
Probably a good call. Maybe I should just sand it all out myself, prime/rust protect it and get it wrapped. I really don't like the matte wraps though, I wonder how the gloss ones look.

I guess I am curious at how long the existing rust will stay put and not be an issue, given that I'll be in socal weather. I don't mind how the car looks, most normal people never notice it. The rust above the tail is really the most concerning
__________________
UIUC / TU Munich Mechanical Engineering 2018
2003 ///M3 6MT Coupe Imola Red/Black Napa, slicktop, manual seats
My Journal

Last edited by BTB; Sun, Dec-02-2018 at 05:07:30 PM.
Jump to top BTB is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 05:21:57 PM   #42
KS Golfer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 659
Reputation: 0 KS Golfer is on a distinguished road
Location: Wichita

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

garaunteed there’s twice as much under there that you can’t even see.
__________________
Jump to top KS Golfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 08:24:06 PM   #43
M3An.M
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 2
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 M3An.M is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Iím also going through the same thing my passenger rear quarter panel is bubbling and rusting and arch is now chipping and rusting unfortunately I was quoted $1,100
Jump to top M3An.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 11:07:01 PM   #44
neopolymath
Registered User
 
neopolymath's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 90
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 neopolymath is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Quote:
Originally Posted by KS Golfer View Post
garaunteed thereís twice as much under there that you canít even see.
Yep. OP, you should be more concerned and acting on this since you have stated this car has sentimental values specifically. Time to act like it
Jump to top neopolymath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 11:13:11 PM   #45
FrankJones
Pyro Tech
 
FrankJones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,173
Reputation: 0 FrankJones is on a distinguished road
Location: Santa Clarita

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

I would fix the rot so it does not get any worse and then wrap the car. If you are moving to Anaheim ca. 111 Ink in Valencia is who I go to. It’s around $2500 for most colors, and that includes the door jambs. Instant gratification, no over spray, and will at least protect what’s underneath.
__________________

04' Carbon Black, ZCP Rack, Autosolutions 40% SSK,
Evolve carbon roof, Evolve CSL Air Box, CSL Base tune, 280/272 Cams, SS V1 Header, SS sec 1,2, & SS Street, 3.91 R&P, JRZ RS Pro
Jump to top FrankJones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 11:18:26 PM   #46
BTB
Registered User
 
BTB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,892
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 BTB is on a distinguished road
Location: Chicagoland->Louisville->Los Angeles

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Quote:
Originally Posted by M3An.M View Post
Iím also going through the same thing my passenger rear quarter panel is bubbling and rusting and arch is now chipping and rusting unfortunately I was quoted $1,100

Yeah I was figuring around a grand

Quote:
Originally Posted by neopolymath View Post
Yep. OP, you should be more concerned and acting on this since you have stated this car has sentimental values specifically. Time to act like it

Quote:
Originally Posted by KS Golfer View Post
garaunteed thereís twice as much under there that you canít even see.
Itís pretty easy to tell where thereís rust, no? There would be some sort of texture if the metal was rusting underneath the areas of good paint..?

Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankJones View Post
I would fix the rot so it does not get any worse and then wrap the car. If you are moving to Anaheim ca. 111 Ink in Valencia is who I go to. Itís around $2500 for most colors, and that includes the door jambs. Instant gratification, no over spray, and will at least protect whatís underneath.

Not a bad idea. Thanks for the reference
__________________
UIUC / TU Munich Mechanical Engineering 2018
2003 ///M3 6MT Coupe Imola Red/Black Napa, slicktop, manual seats
My Journal
Jump to top BTB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Dec-02-2018, 11:42:33 PM   #47
neopolymath
Registered User
 
neopolymath's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 90
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 neopolymath is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BTB View Post
Yeah I was figuring around a grand






Itís pretty easy to tell where thereís rust, no? There would be some sort of texture if the metal was rusting underneath the areas of good paint..?




Not a bad idea. Thanks for the reference
I have done restoration. The rust you can see is the tip of the iceberg unfortunately.
Jump to top neopolymath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mon, Dec-03-2018, 12:19:00 AM   #48
BTB
Registered User
 
BTB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,892
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 BTB is on a distinguished road
Location: Chicagoland->Louisville->Los Angeles

United States




Default Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Quote:
Originally Posted by neopolymath View Post
I have done restoration. The rust you can see is the tip of the iceberg unfortunately.

Do you then believe that completely strip and respray or wrap are the only valid options?

I can believe that the rust will continue to grow and maybe appear in other areas, but to suggest that the rest of the car is absolutely no good seems a bit extreme..?
__________________
UIUC / TU Munich Mechanical Engineering 2018
2003 ///M3 6MT Coupe Imola Red/Black Napa, slicktop, manual seats
My Journal
Jump to top BTB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mon, Dec-03-2018, 03:33:25 AM   #49
neopolymath
Registered User
 
neopolymath's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 90
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 neopolymath is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BTB View Post
Do you then believe that completely strip and respray or wrap are the only valid options?

I can believe that the rust will continue to grow and maybe appear in other areas, but to suggest that the rest of the car is absolutely no good seems a bit extreme..?
I would strip and respray the car, but that is easy to say because I have the ability and gear to do so. I have nothing against wraps, but it's one of those things where you already did the hard work in repairing and stripping the car so why would you stop short of the finish line?

I did not say that the car is "absolutely no good" but that there is an incredibly high likelihood that there is more rust either in multiple other isolated areas or as extensions of the bad spots under the paint that just aren't visible to you.
Jump to top neopolymath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mon, Dec-03-2018, 05:47:22 AM   #50
bimmerdriver
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,196
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 bimmerdriver is on a distinguished road
Location: Metro Vancouver

Canada




Default Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

OP, you really need to put the sentimentality aside and sell the car for whatever you can get for it. Maybe part it out. As others have said, the rust you can see is the tip of the iceberg. I've never seen any E46 this rusted. It's beyond economic repair. You are wasting your money to repair it.
__________________
2002 (12/2001) M3 6MT Coupe Carbon Black on Black - ZCP/CSL Wheels, 245/35/19 Mich PS2 & 285/30/19 Conti ExtremeContact DW, H&R 15 mm Front Spacers, CSL F/R Brakes, EBC Redstuff, TMS SS F/R Brake Lines, PSS9, TMS F/R Sway Bars, TMS Rear Control Arms, TMS Underdrive Pulleys, TMS/Carbonio Intake, Eisenmann Exhaust, AutoSolutions 30% SSK, BMW Illuminated Shift Knob, BMW Performance Pedals, BMW Performance 4.10 R&P, CDV Delete, Flossmann GTR Carbon Fiber Hood/Trunk, Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser, Euro Front Signal Lights, Euro Rear Tail Lights, Angel Eyes, Homelink

1997 328is 5MT Coupe Madeira Violet on Black - Staggered M Forged Double Spoke Wheels, Bilstein Sport, H&R Sport, M Tech Rear Spoiler (Sold)
Jump to top bimmerdriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 08:57:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright ©1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car? in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - 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. at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)