PREPPING FOR PAINT

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PREPPING FOR PAINT

Postby JayMac » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:16 am

I am getting ready to paint my 328is. This will be the first of two that I am going to paint. The first car will just be a single stage since it sees track time. The second will be a base clear as it is my wife's. I want to do the following on the first.
Remove front and rear bumper
Remove window trim badges etc
Remove side trim and possibly the skirts
Remove lights
Sand
Paint

Bumper has been off before so that is no issue.

Rear has not but is seams straight forward enough

Is the 332's side trim the same as the M3? I read somewhere that the front and rear pieces need to be pushed towards the ends of the car before pulling out, true or just pull straight out? My own tip for any of this is to have a hair dryer handy. A little light heat on plastic and rubber does a world of good when installing and removing those type of parts.
Tools I have so far:
Compressor
Hutchins orbital air file
Hutchins wet sander
d/a sander
HVLP gun from: http://www.spraygunworld.com/products/A ... ialWB.html
In a pinch I think I also have access to a spray both.

Questions I have left.
On REAL OEM do I use the M# coupe as my model? They have no listing for the 328is and all I can choose from is the 328i.
I did read through the post on changing from black to white. Nice job!
Also one other thing. Don't know any of you but my inexpedience with car forums has been pretty good so if anyone needs/want to borrow any of the sanders or the gun to save a few bucks, just ask.

Thanks for any info!
Jay
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Re: PREPPING FOR PAINT

Postby DEFKON99 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:28 pm

328i should work just fine.

Weet Def like to hear about painting for yourself! Please post pics too!!!

I sure would like to do this to mine someday!
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Re: PREPPING FOR PAINT

Postby JayMac » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:52 pm

What about parts specific to a coupe. All the diagrams show 4 doors.
Will do on the pics.
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Re: PREPPING FOR PAINT

Postby DEFKON99 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:54 pm

JayMac wrote:What about parts specific to a coupe. All the diagrams show 4 doors.
Will do on the pics.


Oh shit your right! All Sedans, yea then your correct the m3 will have to do!
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Re: PREPPING FOR PAINT

Postby JayMac » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:19 pm

Thank you, thought I was loosing my mind, tried the M3 and found what I was looking for. I want to remove rear bumper cover tomorrow and the side skirts. There looks to be two torx screw in rear wheel well for skirts but nothing up front. It will also give me a shot at figuring out how to post pics.
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Re: PREPPING FOR PAINT

Postby DEFKON99 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:17 pm

God Speed!
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