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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 05-25-2014, 02:50 PM
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Rate from 1 to 10 this idea

I've got a bit of clear coat peeling on the roof and some bird poop damage to the clear coat on the hood. It's a light green 98 318ti with sandgrau interior. I was thinking of putting a hood and roof stripe to cover the damage, interior color matching. On a scale of 1 to 10 how tacky would that be with 10 being absurdly tacky?

With some vinyl wrap, the problem is I'm too cheap to buy a new paint job. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance

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Old 05-25-2014, 04:21 PM
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:17 PM
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Since you've got a reason to do it I'd rate it a 4 to 5. If you had great paint and thought it was just a fine idea then I'd have to add some penalty points and bump it to a 9.
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:44 PM
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I'd try to source a replacement hood, for the roof, rather than a stripe, I'd consider just painting it gloss black. Would look far less out of place IMO.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:44 PM
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Since you've got a reason to do it I'd rate it a 4 to 5. If you had great paint and thought it was just a fine idea then I'd have to add some penalty points and bump it to a 9.
Only problem is that nobody else on the road would know that he was covering up bad paint, so he would appear to be a boy racer through the eyes of all onlookers.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:54 AM
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Only problem is that nobody else on the road would know that he was covering up bad paint, so he would appear to be a boy racer through the eyes of all onlookers.
He could put a sign on his car that says "I put the stripes on my car because bad paint, not boy racer".
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:19 AM
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I'd try to source a replacement hood, for the roof, rather than a stripe, I'd consider just painting it gloss black. Would look far less out of place IMO.
+1 this

you could even just plastidip the hood and roof black, then later when you want to spend the money to get it sprayed you just have to pull off the PD.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:54 AM
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Get one of those 250.00 Maco specials. They not to bad if you remove all the trim, door handles, etc. Would look a whole lot better then putting 60s/70s era muscle car stripes on your car.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:13 PM
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Thanks for the responses, good stuff lol.

I'm gonna man up and get the bumper 2 staged at the paint shop.

And I'm going to attempt a color sand and re clear on the hood and roof myself. I restore furniture for a living so I'm pretty handy with sanding and a spray gun. Wish me luck.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:25 PM
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I paint and if you are having the clear peel, you need to sand off all of the clear. You can't just feather it out. ALL off. If you can spray lacquer, you can spray urethane. And the beauty of clear is that you can buff the dirt out easily. Just don't wait too long to do it.

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Old 05-27-2014, 07:11 PM
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im so glad i have not the time of give a eff about what other people thing...

I think anything other then what you want to do, what works best for you.. whats the best financial decision is tacky...

do the right thing.. do whats right for you.. Ive always been not to worried about how it looks... how it doesnt leave you on the side of the road... looks best to me


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Old 05-28-2014, 06:46 AM
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About 10 years ago I saw one of those new edition Mini Coopers in a car park in Whistler with an enormous set of bra and ******* air brushed right there on the hood.

As big as could be.

I thought it was a kinda strange thing to do. Maybe even a little tacky.

But I guess whoever owned it had thought, "Man this a cute little car, y'know what would really set it off nice? A big ol' pair a ******* right here on the hood!"

Probably drives around thinking, "Man this titty mobile is sweeeeeet!" and I'm all for it. Y'know? why not?

I guess it's whatever floats your boat.

But if you're gonna keep the car.

Paint the roof dude, you'll love it.

I had to shell out about $2400 in paint and panel when I first bought my '97 metallic Montreal Blue 328i convertible, so she could recover from the previous owner's difficulty comprehending spacial awareness in car parks.

It hurt, but it was worth every cent. Every time I look at her, she just looks awesome.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:27 AM
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I say source a used hood ( if possible ) and paint/plasti dip the roof black. If you do gloss black it will look basically like your roof is tinted glass.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:22 PM
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Update:

Well I attempted to wet sand off the clear coat and feather the edges gently as best I could, but the base coat came off way too easy. Now I have a 3 inch black primer spot on my roof instead of a white spot...lol. I looked into buying some 353 ascotgruen spray paint but I'm worried the paint is too faded and I will never get an over the counter match. The OEM touch up paint in the little bottle that came with the car is much darker and more vibrant than the paint now. I really like the idea of doing the roof gloss black now especially after looking at those pictures. They look great. Our Mini Cooper has a black roof and looks good IMO so we could have a theme I guess.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:21 PM
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If you had the basecoat peel off, then you need to try to get all of the base off and sand the primer as best a you can without breaking through too much. 600 grit on the primer is sufficient for bond and won't show sand scratches.

If you are going gloss black, use 600 grit and a single stage urethane. If you are going for the original color, then you want to use a base/clear system. Don't buy cheap paint.

I would recommend Metalux as an inexpensive but good system. Glasurit may be the original system used. Big bucks though. I have used both for years and both are excellent products. I just did my daughters 97' e 36 about 3 years ago in Metalux and it looks great!
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nice i dont see much of that color... i something thinks im the only one...

and you have streched limo style nice
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:04 PM
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Yep thanks jacknard I will definitely follow your advice. I'm 100 percent sold on a gloss black roof but I need to sell the idea to "the decider". I'm also going to have to look into window tint as well. I'm also considering doing the side mirrors gloss black as well while I'm at it...


Beautiful car by the way
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:31 PM
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Thanks for compliments on the car.
I forgot to say I love the look of that gloss black roof. And John, I think you have a good idea with the mirrors.
And look at my headlights. I cleared those while I was at it. They will never yellow again. You should should yours as well.

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If you had the basecoat peel off, then you need to try to get all of the base off and sand the primer as best a you can without breaking through too much. 600 grit on the primer is sufficient for bond and won't show sand scratches.

If you are going gloss black, use 600 grit and a single stage urethane. If you are going for the original color, then you want to use a base/clear system. Don't buy cheap paint.

I would recommend Metalux as an inexpensive but good system. Glasurit may be the original system used. Big bucks though. I have used both for years and both are excellent products. I just did my daughters 97' e 36 about 3 years ago in Metalux and it looks great!



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Old 05-29-2014, 05:32 PM
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that's ok.......



your car looks really good btw. never thought about clear on the headlights....any recommendations for those of us that wish to do this??

do we need an spray gun, or are there aerosols that are good for this??



oh, and op,....gloss black roof > than fanboi racer stripes...


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Old 05-29-2014, 07:33 PM
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I do not know of any aerosols that wil give the same long lasting results. Doesnt mean they're not out there, I just know of them.
If you want your headlights cleared, I suggest removing them, sanding them to get rid of the yellowing then take them to a quality body shop and ask them to clear them on their next paint job. Mask the rest of the light off for even more savings!

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that's ok.......



your car looks really good btw. never thought about clear on the headlights....any recommendations for those of us that wish to do this??

do we need an spray gun, or are there aerosols that are good for this??



oh, and op,....gloss black roof > than fanboi racer stripes...


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I put clear lamin-x on mine. Cleaned them up with that 3m headlight sanding kit thing, put on the lamin-x, and things are looking great.
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I say source a used hood ( if possible ) and paint/plasti dip the roof black. If you do gloss black it will look basically like your roof is tinted glass.
That... actually looks better than I thought it would
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I just got done painting the roof gloss black and Im very happy with the results, thanks for the input. Ill do a full photoshoot once I get done with a few more cosmetic details



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