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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-11-2005, 02:01 PM
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Overview of my available options regarding 2 doors and hood re-spray

So, here are my available options regarding my forthcoming re-spray due to an idiot "dinging" my door. ALso the hood has some stone chips, thought about doing it as well, since the car is going for a repair.
My car's paint job is almost as new in shine and colour.


1. BMW dealer. 2 doors and hood 400Cyprus pounds. ($/CYP rate: 0.445)
Time will be around 4-5 days. Job said will be as OEM.


2. TOYOTA /LEXUS paintshop: 200 CYP. The boss there said that to do a perfect job as demanded by TOYOTA must paint the adjacent front wing as well. Dont know why he said it, maybe he is afraid that he wont be able to do a direct match. But, this guy is reputable for doing excellent job, so much that it is very hard to understand that the car has been re-sprayed. Very clean paintshop, at a dust free housing area. 3-4 days.

3. PEUGEOT paintshop: 200CYP. This one said he quarantees the job and he is using GLASORIT paint. He will only paint the upper half of the doors with that price, where the dings are, and the hood. He will most probably do the whole doors for 250CYP. ONly reference is from PEugeot, saying that his job is very good, and they didnt have any complaints yet. Lots of dust there, and is located at a dusty rural area. 3 Days.

4. Independent shop: 150 CYP. Said he will paint two doors complete + hood. Paint will be a direct match he said, but he may not be able to avoid the occasional "spot". Clean shop. 3-4 days.



So, I am stuck now as to whom to choose. What do you guys think?
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Old 02-11-2005, 02:05 PM
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This is just my opinion....do the chips on the hood really require a complete repaint? Personally, I would never have any panel painted that didn't absolutely need it -- I've seen too many examples of poor color match, clear match, etc. etc. I would kick myself endlessly if it didn't look perfect and I knew I let someone put new paint over original for not a good reason. For the hood, they're no doubt wanting to blend into the front fenders....Then, since they're doing the front door also, they're going to blend into the other part of the front fender, so then they're going to want to paint the whole front fender....Not for me! Good luck with your decision.
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The lesser the better when it comes to body work. If you have a ding in a door, just have have it PDR'd and leave the hood chips alone. It is acceptable wear and tear for a vehicle to have some chips and minor scratches. Do your best to polish those things out without messing up the original paint.

As I see it, you are spending money and getting poorer resale value as a result.
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The lesser the better when it comes to body work. If you have a ding in a door, just have have it PDR'd and leave the hood chips alone. It is acceptable wear and tear for a vehicle to have some chips and minor scratches. Do your best to polish those things out without messing up the original paint.

As I see it, you are spending money and getting poorer resale value as a result.


Although they may not PDR in his neck of the woods...
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Although they may not PDR in his neck of the woods...
OK I forgot to say something:

1. NO PDR in Cyprus.

2. My car has had its hood re-painted when I got the car.(hey its a 2000)

Panel re-painting is common over here, since there is not PRD's. It does not mean that the car had an accident. Even new cars, when they get small damage on carriage, they re-paint them and sell them without saying anything to the owners.
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