I'm looking at an E30 that's extremely nice except for the faded, peeling paint,
like so many of them have. It's one of the rare cars that may actually be worth
painting. So what's the cost of a decent paint job in the Southeast? By decent
I mean as good as original or close to it. I'm in soutwest VA. Anywhere within
a half a day's drive would be OK -- VA, NC, SC, WV, etc. Any ideas?
Matt, I don't think it varies that much by area, but I'd count on
spending in the neighborhood of $2500-3000 for a decent job. You can
pay more and you can pay less. If you did some of the prep work you
could save some serious coin and still get a quality job, assuming your
painter will work with you this way.
Get some quotes.
They're (one of the few things in this world that are) free.
I had a 735 repainted black, to strip it and remove all of the trim
etc..and then do the full 3 stage (I think) paint it ran $6000. This is
pretty decent considering I just drove it in and picked it up. The
paint was flawless and if you didnt know better you would think that it
was new from the factory. All depends on what you want your finished
product to look like, 9 times out of 10 it costs more than the car is
worth to get a full, quality repaint.
Keep in mind that this is one case where you get what you pay for.
I'd pay $2xxx to have this particular car painted, but I don't know what I could
get for that. One can get decent paint jobs for under $4k in southern CA, but
costs are so much higher out there. (Rent would be 5-10x, labor double, etc.)
Actually it doesn't look like that big a deal. The problem is typical of these
cars -- clearcoat peeling on the horizontal surfaces. The underlying paint is
fine, just dull. As long as the clearcoat is sanded down sufficiently where
it's peeling, I don't see any problem painting over the rest. The whole thing
could be sanded without much trouble if that's better. I can do much of this
Well, I should have said, I know it needs some attention, but had not
considered how much. The OP did say it was peeling, but later has come
back and informed us that it is just the clearcoat that is peeling,
which *is* a common thing on old 3 series.
I'd just bring the car around to a couple of reputable body shops and
get some ideas. Maybe they can salvage the base coat somehow and just
respray the clear?
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