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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:03 PM
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Clear Coat EYE SORES

its like every time it rains, i lose more clearcoat.. typically around the trunk area/tops or rear quarter panels, a spot or so on the doors, front hood and fenders still perfect.. and mine is a 99 model.. i have to get the whole thing sanded and repainted now? grrr.. is this normal?
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:19 PM
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Some colors are worse than others, and some environments are harsher on paints & finishes than others. Generally speaking, although it does happen with some regularity, I wouldn't call it normal.

No way to fix clear coat though. Just has to be removed in reapplied. Regularly washing and waxing helps protect the clear coat.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:11 PM
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id say almost half my trunk lid no longer has clear coat on it now.. really frustrating..
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:05 AM
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I was having the same with my 95, but wasn't surprised. I got about half of it off (all of the hood, trunk lid and 'shoulders' from front to rear) by just spending time with the stream setting on my hose noozle. I am going to borrow my neighbor's pressure washer to see if I can finish it. I really don't want to sand since then I will have to repaint...and my paint is good.
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