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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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I got a quick question for you guys. What is this stuff? There seems to be rust around some of it. Should I remove it to get at the rust? If I do, do I need to reapply it after I fix the rust?
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Alex//1999 323is - power e46 M3 seats, style 43 rims, 328 exhaust, Z3 rack, Bilstein PSS coilovers

“We got about ten minutes before this entire county is up in flames. If you want to live, you’d better step on the gas! Oh wait is this a Tesla? Sh!t! Well, step on the prissy pedal, we're going to die!” – Cartman
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I got a quick question for you guys. What is this stuff? There seems to be rust around some of it. Should I remove it to get at the rust? If I do, do I need to reapply it after I fix the rust?
A suggestion for posting pics like these, with them, also post a 'reference picture' showing what part of the car you're referring to, so we don't have to strain figuring out what part it is.
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Sorry about that. In the picture the stuff is on the hood. The same stuff is also on the trunk.
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Alex//1999 323is - power e46 M3 seats, style 43 rims, 328 exhaust, Z3 rack, Bilstein PSS coilovers

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:13 PM
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School has started back up so progress is slow. I have been sanding and patching rust mostly, although the exhaust did come back from sand blasting. So, I decided to paint it first for practice. I mean who cares if I mess up the exhaust a little? I am the only one who will see occasionally. The paint needs 24 hours in between coats and I am doing two coats pre side. In the picture I have just sprayed the second coat. I think it is coming out nicely so far.

I am thinking about doing all the plastic moldings in black paint. I have seen cars were they sprayed the all the plastic with whatever color they were using on the car. Now I do not like the same unbroken color over the car, but the gloss on the plastic looks good. What do you guy think? Is it rice or nice?
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:43 PM
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Definitely don't use gloss on the side trim.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:06 PM
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I agree with Karl, no gloss on trim. I think you should keep it black, but matte. Still. No. Orange! Know what you mean about school, I'm back in after a long time and its kicking my butt too.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:14 AM
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Yeah, definitely rice on glossy black trim. Keep it matte or original in my opinion.
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That is why I asked, the plastic will stay unpainted.
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I know it’s been a while since my last update, but school had the project on hold. Anyways, schools over now and the project is back on its way. Here are some pics to show the progress.







And here’s something just for you John. Orange!



















Here is the car with primer.
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I just applied the base. Clear should be going on shortly. Here is a little teaser pic of the color.


This filter was new before I started painting.
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Wow, I know you said orange, but that is ORANGE!. lmao.. Still, it ll definitely be an eye catcher. Good job! DO WORK!
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Any reason you chose the brown primer over the gray? It will still be very orange but it will be a slightly darker shade over the dark primer......
How are you ventilating when you're spraying?
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Any reason you chose the brown primer over the gray? It will still be very orange but it will be a slightly darker shade over the dark primer......
How are you ventilating when you're spraying?
It’s actually a red primer. When I sprayed on the primer look reddish-brown, but for some reason the camera overemphasized the brown.
As for ventilation I have a window open with a fan and a furnace filter in it.
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I got the clearcoat on and let it dry. Here are the results. I am quite pleased with the shape of the orange now is dry. When I first sprayed it on I was nervous that the orange was to red.
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Looks like it turned out a good shade! Different, but not blindingly bright. Did you wind up with a lot of orange peel or is it just the light in the photos that make it look that way?
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Sorta kinda little bit reminds me of the M3 GTS orange...



Looking good, though! Definitely not half assed like I thought it'd be at first (no offense).
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Looks like it turned out a good shade! Different, but not blindingly bright. Did you wind up with a lot of orange peel or is it just the light in the photos that make it look that way?
There is some orange peel, but the light is over exaggerating it.

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Sorta kinda little bit reminds me of the M3 GTS orange...
When I was deciding what I wanted to do with my car I definitely took some inspiration from that. That is why my winter rims are black.
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Better some orange peel than a lot of runs or sags. Orange peel is much easier to fix! I'm liking the M3 GTS theme also.
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This looks good. At first I disapproved of removing perfectly good paint for anything else, but it's your car and now it's REALLY your car!

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This looks good. At first I disapproved of removing perfectly good paint for anything else, but it's your car and now it's REALLY your car!

Keep up the good work!
The paint was not perfectly good. There were little 1/8 inch spots of rust on every panel. Then I found a lot more rust as I when. But anyway, I am glad you like it now that you see it.
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Last weekend I got into a huge fight with my mom and Lee over ventilation. On Saturday they decided my ventilation system was not adequate. So they thought the best way to fix this was open a window and let unfiltered air and bugs in . I will not go into too much detail but the subsequent events ruined the whole weekend.

Anyways back onto the project’s progress. I got the rear bumper and side skirts painted and I put the rear bumper back on the car. I also figured out a way to hang items from the ceiling for painting.









My new bumper came yesterday. I can’t wait to see it painted and on the car.


A while ago I bought a custom controller off eBay and the guy use automotive paint on it. The controller feels really nice with the glossy finish so I thought what the heck might as well try it.


I just got the boot lid, fender, nose and Xbox controller primed tonight.



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