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Has anyone ever re-painted their BMW using a color that is different than the car's original color (for example, re-painting a black metallic BMW with silver metallic paint)?
I suppose the plastic components such as front and rear bumper will have to be replaced as well to match the new color. If anyone has done such a re-painting job, how much did you spend for the painting and the new plastic components that needed to be replaced?
08-04-2004, 01:29 AM
Unless you have large amounts of money to burn for the paint job and the hit on resale value I would avoid this.An even semi proper job would entail trim,window,door removal etc.The bumpers etc. can be repainted not replaced. The most cursory inspection will spot a color change Unless this is an old car that you are doing a ground up resto on you would be better off trading it for the color you want,even that financial bath would be less than changing color.
Thanks for the response. My car is a black metallic 325I Sedan and I was just wondering about the feasibility of going to silver metallic paint. (The reason I got this black metallic car was because I had gotten a great deal on it and had not wanted to miss the opportunity.) I have come to realize recently that I like the silver metallic paint on BMWs best. But the color change sounds like it's not a good idea after all.
If you're really adamant on going from black to silver, just sell/trade in your car and get the silver. A meticulous new paint job (taking everything to bare bones, stripping, repainting), will likely cost you anywhere from $7k-$9k.
Thanks for the input. I had not realized a color change job would be that costly. I guess I will have to wait until next time I get a new BMW for the silver metallic paint!
08-04-2004, 02:49 PM
A good paint job is expensive. Perhaps you were tricked by the low Maaco prices, but you would be well advised to avoid their services if you want a paint job equal in calibre to your car.
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