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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 Wed, Mar-03-2004, 11:41:43 PM   #1
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My front bumper cover is quite blasted from these damn CA highways. I have been thinking about getting it sand blasted and painted but I am worried about the paint they will shoot it with. On my prev E36 M3 I had the front bumper cover repainted and it seemed like it pitted and chipped much worse and faster than the OEM paint job. Is this because of inproper prepwork, not enough coats of paint, my imagination? Whats up and what should I discuss with the body shop?
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I would like to know the answer to this also.
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Old Thu, Mar-04-2004, 04:16:17 PM   #3
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Sounds like improper prep work, best to find a bodyshop that's recommended by dealer or a bodyshop that deals strictly with BMW's. I could refer you to Bimmerfreak, cause he'll paint anything and has a painter that's been painting BMW's for 20 plus years.

But, your there and he's in Dallas.
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Yah I will prolly just take it to BMW SF cuz they have a BMW certified body shop. After watching a video on BMW production and painting process I told myself I would avoid painting panels at all costs. I guess bumpers are a little different cuz you can't avoid it. Do they use that special dipping process for the bumper covers or is that only for the metal parts?
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i had my bumber redone after i curbed it pretty bad...

it looks great now
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Sounds like improper prep work
yeah... i had some spoilers painted by a sh!t poor place (this i later learned). b/c they did not alow for enough curing time the spoilers were all pitted and had some bubble spots.
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If you are looking for a great place to paint your parts, go to B-Line in San Jose... They specialize in BMW's. I have had my entire rear bumper painted and it's a perfect match... Aegean Blue is not the easiest color to match. A few others have also had work done by them. Check them out. They usually have at least one M3 in the shop. (408)279-4500.
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my front bumper was repainted twice by bmw service - no problem, like oem.
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If you are looking for a great place to paint your parts, go to B-Line in San Jose... They specialize in BMW's. I have had my entire rear bumper painted and it's a perfect match... Aegean Blue is not the easiest color to match. A few others have also had work done by them. Check them out. They usually have at least one M3 in the shop. (408)279-4500.

I just called them and they did not want to give me a ballpark on the phone. Spoke to Peter though and he was very patient and helpful. Asked him a bunch of questions. They use a paint from BASF. Any idea what I could expect to pay? They are only open mon-thurs and I am all the way up in Pleasanton. Its nearly impossible for me to get out there for an estimate.

BTW I used to have an Avus Blue E36 M3 and had EMC paint the fenders, sideskirts, hood, and bumpers for !!!$4K!!! I know how difficult it can be to match metallic blues. Fortunately my new M is just jet black.
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I just called them and they did not want to give me a ballpark on the phone. Spoke to Peter though and he was very patient and helpful. Asked him a bunch of questions. They use a paint from BASF. Any idea what I could expect to pay? They are only open mon-thurs and I am all the way up in Pleasanton. Its nearly impossible for me to get out there for an estimate.

BTW I used to have an Avus Blue E36 M3 and had EMC paint the fenders, sideskirts, hood, and bumpers for !!!$4K!!! I know how difficult it can be to match metallic blues. Fortunately my new M is just jet black.

william,

let us know when you have a price. since your painting the entire bumper, perhaps you can get the reflectors removed and covered up?
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