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WhoNew
12-15-2009, 03:23 PM
Hey guys,
Let me start by saying that I am a BMW enthusiast. My e34 is my 4th BMW, and I must say, my favorite. I have had an e39, an e36 cabrio, an e30 2dr, and this e34. That being said, I now have the oppertunity to take my daily driver to the next level.

FIRST thing i would like to do is change the color. I have painted cars in the past (i am no expert, but i am a perfectionist). The color now is Island Green Metallic, with a beige interior which i can't stand.

What i plan on doing, is dying the interior, and painting the exterior. Now i would love to do Imola and black interior, to get rid of the horrible tan, and I am leaning tward Alpine White for paint, but i don't think it would look very good together.

I have also seen some estoril blue e34's in my research, and the color is growing on me, and there is also bright red.........

So i guess my question is, what is your FAV exterior and interior combination. If you have pics to illistrate, that would be cool too.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/BMW%20E34/e34estoril.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/BMW%20E34/e34silver.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/BMW%20E34/e34green.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/BMW%20E34/rede34.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/BMW%20E34/bmw-e34-5-series-white.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/BMW%20E34/blacke34.jpg

Wolf-Strong
12-15-2009, 07:02 PM
I am one of those who is against changing the color of the car. If we are being perfectly honest, to do a good job, you need to completely gut the car, and start there. Anything less to me just doesn't cut it for a color change being able to see mismatched colors. Honestly, I think your color combination is one of the sexier colors when the windows have a nice tint on them. Absolutely love black with tan interior, black on black, alpine white on black, silver on black, Hellrot red on black, estoril blue on black/white interior, and then also green with a black interior.

I would also not bother with dying your interior, and rather just buy a whole new interior (costs roughly the same actually). This gives you the opportunity to repair the leather to like-new while it is outside (making the job easier) along with doing cool things like maybe adding Alcantara or doing a two-tone.

WhoNew
12-15-2009, 08:01 PM
I am one of those who is against changing the color of the car. If we are being perfectly honest, to do a good job, you need to completely gut the car, and start there. Anything less to me just doesn't cut it for a color change being able to see mismatched colors. Honestly, I think your color combination is one of the sexier colors when the windows have a nice tint on them. Absolutely love black with tan interior, black on black, alpine white on black, silver on black, Hellrot red on black, estoril blue on black/white interior, and then also green with a black interior.

I would also not bother with dying your interior, and rather just buy a whole new interior (costs roughly the same actually). This gives you the opportunity to repair the leather to like-new while it is outside (making the job easier) along with doing cool things like maybe adding Alcantara or doing a two-tone.

I was never a big fan of color change either....... but really i can't stand this green. I will basicly remove the panels...... hood, trunk, doors. Under the hood will be flat black. I have looked at parts cars for the black interior, even some 7 series for the interior upgrades.

How about LSB on an e34 ??
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/Car%20Stuff/1996%20318i%20Cabrio/picture075dk4-1.jpg

WhoNew
12-17-2009, 05:39 PM
Nobody has an opinion ?

CarDriver
12-17-2009, 06:11 PM
I am partial to the Siver ext. W/Black int.

I need to paint mine too. Stearling Silver, but for now the primer is protected with a clear coat till the spring.

Wolf-Strong
12-17-2009, 09:39 PM
Nobody has an opinion ?

Hey now, I mentioned some ideas for color combos I think look good :neener:

nmp411
12-17-2009, 10:18 PM
LSB would be awesome! But, if you want to change the interior color, try to find a black sport interior to swap in, it will be a lot better than just dying your regular interior. Sport seats are awesome!

BTW, I'm going to be in Chicago in early January, if you need any e34 parts let me know and I may be able to drop them off!

What year/model is your e34? I'm assuming 89-92 525?

WhoNew
12-18-2009, 03:32 AM
LSB would be awesome! But, if you want to change the interior color, try to find a black sport interior to swap in, it will be a lot better than just dying your regular interior. Sport seats are awesome!

BTW, I'm going to be in Chicago in early January, if you need any e34 parts let me know and I may be able to drop them off!

What year/model is your e34? I'm assuming 89-92 525?

Thanks for the offer, but i certainly will be dead broke in january....
It's a 93 525i, M50TU. Thats so funny, cuz my local BMW club all called it a 525i "cuz they are all green".

Do you have a set of black sport seats ??

HMMMM LSB/Black

Thanks guys, keep it coming !!!

nmp411
12-18-2009, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the offer, but i certainly will be dead broke in january....
It's a 93 525i, M50TU. Thats so funny, cuz my local BMW club all called it a 525i "cuz they are all green".

Do you have a set of black sport seats ??

HMMMM LSB/Black

Thanks guys, keep it coming !!!

No, I did have a black sport interior, but sold it to my buddy. I may have a parchment sport interior in the near future though....

Viktor
12-18-2009, 11:46 AM
You ought to see the ones customized in Thailand.

rdc
12-18-2009, 03:09 PM
Iam also against color changes. One reason is resale value. However, our cars nw have little resale value. The other issue as some have said, you must almost gut the car to do a proper paint job. That said, If you have the time/skill to do it correctly, why not.

One possible thought. Why not go for multiple colors and still use the stock green as one of the colors. That way the jams, hood and trunk area do not really need to be painted. I am thinking along the lines of color work similar to Chip Foose paint with mostly horizontal lines/patterns. As for the interior. Lowest cost is to remove and dye. Better approach is to buy a complete interior.

BTW, I like the "parchment" color interior in my 95. It is not really tan, has some gray in it. Also the Dark Green on my car is Oxford Green which is blacker/darker than Island Green. Good luck.

WhoNew
12-18-2009, 10:00 PM
Iam also against color changes. One reason is resale value. However, our cars nw have little resale value. The other issue as some have said, you must almost gut the car to do a proper paint job. That said, If you have the time/skill to do it correctly, why not.

I agree.

One possible thought. Why not go for mutiple colors and still use the stock green as one of the colors. That way the jams, hood and truck area do not really need to be painted. I am thinking along the lines of color work similar to Chip Foose paint with mostly horizontal lines/patterns. As for the interior. Lowest cost is to remove and dye. Better approach is to buy a complete interior.

You know, I have thought about that. The only thing I can think of that will go with this green is black. I'm not sure that I have the skill to do two tone paint. And along what (body) line ? I wouldn't mind seeing it photoshopped.


It won't be a rush job. My wife just got a new truck, and now i have her old truck to drive. There is no rush. I have painted entire vehicles before, and they turned out good. It wiil NOT look like a taxi (fleet style paint job). LOL.

rdc
12-19-2009, 05:39 AM
I agree.



You know, I have thought about that. The only thing I can think of that will go with this green is black. I'm not sure that I have the skill to do two tone paint. And along what (body) line ? I wouldn't mind seeing it photoshopped.


It won't be a rush job. My wife just got a new truck, and now i have her old truck to drive. There is no rush. I have painted entire vehicles before, and they turned out good. It wiil NOT look like a taxi (fleet style paint job). LOL.

One more thought-which might be difficult. Do a wrap or even a partial wrap. Could go subtle or strong design. Not sure of cost.

WhoNew
12-19-2009, 05:55 AM
I actually know a guy who does them for some racing teams. Not my sort of thing. Some of the guys in the local club have had that done. flat black top half. the more i think about it, the more the LSB idea is growing on me.

CarDriver
12-19-2009, 09:35 AM
You ought to see the ones customized in Thailand.

Here are some.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=353458&highlight=thailand :thumbup:

WhoNew
12-19-2009, 04:06 PM
Some of those are amazing, but i'm not into the giant body kits. I mean just beautiful. and lots of cool colors.... Thanks cardriver. I didn't see any lime green though.

I was really digging the yellow........

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/yakuza.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk75/davidrvahl/90931222444.jpg

WhoNew
12-22-2009, 08:39 PM
Lol. No comments on the pink one ?

jenlex
12-30-2009, 09:13 AM
Lol. No comments on the pink one ?

Too much plastic attached to it and colour is that bad that if you could get the car for for free I would refuse it.Anyone putting in a lot of money in a car and then have this to show for is not in his right mind.

But that is my opinion........

Alex