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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Silvertop, Feb 25, 2009.

    Silvertop guest

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    I became a member a few months ago, and only two years ago bought my first BMW (Titanium silver 2004 325i CPO) after many, many years of wanting one. Love the car--and the club, particularly the magazine. Not long after buying the car, someone "keyed" the drivers door (long & deep). Have tried repair kits, but doesn't help. Body shop repair would involve painting the door. I'm afraid of poor color match. Question: should I risk bad match or leave alone? Can entire car be painted with good results? Not sure about the titanium color.

    Silvertop
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    CSBM5

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    If you're in the Raleigh area, I would check out http://www.autopaintinaday.com/. I've heard great things about Lloyd and his shop and seen some of his work. Chances are he can fix it up very nicely.

    Vmo guest

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    Welcome! at least you're an enthusiast who already has a car.... I've been searching for a little while for my first BMW. Until that great day I'll just be the guy that shows up to CCA meetings in everything else!

    Silvertop guest

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    Thanks for the welcome. CSBM5, although I'm not near Raleigh (in Charlotte area), I checked out the website you offered. Their process for scratches sounds interesting; I might contact them. I appreciate the info.

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    I scraped the driver's side of my Alpine white 02 325i last summer and needed body work. The shop my insurance agent recommended was incredible. I was extremely nervous about the paint color not matching (as you know even whites vary in shade), but they did a great job and I couldn't even tell where the damaged areas were. I guess the key is going to the right place.

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    What model are you looking for?
    Where are you located?
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    Bimmerdan

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    If it did come down to having to repaint the door, any quality body shop will 'blend' the paint on the surrounding panels so that even if there was a minute color difference, it would be so gradual with the blend that it would be impossible to tell.

    As Swooz mentioned, the key is finding the right shop!

    Vmo guest

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    I'm in Raleigh, NC and I've been looking for an E36 M3. Most of the ones around here for sale have too many miles. I have a couple of promising leads but nothing solid...

    Love the e30 in your sig BTW!
    Billy

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    Low miles are hard to find, but your car is out there.
    Good luck.

    Vmo guest

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    Well I consider "low" to be anything under 100K so it hasn't been that hard to find them, just not around here for some reason - we have great driving weather most of the time!
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    Welcome to the funhouse!

    Thanks for the comment about the magazine!

    I agree with the others who reassured you that a good shop will fix the paint nicely. My spouse-that would be Party A, Ms. Kelly the K-had several places on her Avus Blue M3 that were repaired, but you couldn't tell except under interrogation lights. . . .

    Now, the WOADSTR will have to have all the flames stripped off and redone, a chore I am NOT looking forward to. . .

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