How many of you are having problems with the clear coat peeling off or
Paint: Factory Red
Last year I noticed that paint on the trunk lid of my Z3 was starting
to fade. Within a month the clear coat started peeling & flaking up. At
first it was just a small spot but now it has spread to about 3/4 of
Anyone else having the same problem with paint jobs on their BMW?
FYI - My 1980 Fiat spyders paint job has lasted longer than this!
I saw this recently on a Dark Blue metallic '95 E36. Oddly enough this
is in the UK, not exactly somewhere renowned for it's sun shine.
Both my Silver '94 E35 and Met Blue '96 E36 seem to be fine.
Your car isn't red by any chance is it? Red paint is a bitch for
fading... I believe it's the UV light. Most colours reflect some or
all of it, red absorbs most, and it destroys the pigment.
The bonnet (hood), roof and boot (trunk) suffer the worse as they get
the most direct exposure.
My 1990 E34 535i, 5spd, 105K miles is red (brilliantrot) with black interior
and the paint is fine. Over the years, I've "clayed" it twice to get rid of
all the pits, used "swirl remover" and wax to bring back most of the shine.
The paint is probably an 8 out 10. However, the car is a garage queen and
sits most of its time in it!
1992 E34, red, over 13 years in the harsh australian sun... and still
looks brand new
bmw paint is QUALITY. you should see some of the aussie equivalents
here, ford, holden, mitsubishi.. they are 5 years old and the clearcoat
is gone and the paint is starting to rot
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