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Thread: Paint/body work needed -- any clue about price?

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    Default Paint/body work needed -- any clue about price?

    Hi all, my 525i has a lot of "spots" in the front area, I guess due to rocks chipping in the paint or salt in winter. Here's a pic (don't mind the bugs splattered all over and the unwashed state)

    http://www.jf3d.com/dots.jpg

    Thing is, I've no idea what is involved to fix those spots. I don't know much about body work and paint so I was wondering if you have any idea how much fixing this would cost? And if you could give me a rundown of the process(es) involved that would be great, I'd love to know what's needed to restore my front to a clean state.

    Thanks for your time!

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    This is a perfect time to do a narrow grill conversion!
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    i had the exact same problem and used it to get a narrow grille because its a lot of bodywork otherwise and well i wanted it. I got it all for $500 and that includes a the new hood and grille. The grille was used and the hood new.

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    Sand and repaint. You know... I was touching up the spots on the car today and thought MINE was bad... but I have a white car and now I know I'm lucky! Heh.
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    your fog light is filled with water.... and what the hell is that rusty thing in the lower grill?
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    Ah-ha, sand and repaint. How much would that cost approx? I don't really want to do the narrow grill conversion because I prefer the wide grill on a five serires. IMO narrow grill looks best on an e30.

    Heh I know about the wet foglights and the rusty bit. I'm slowly fixing everything...

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    Just buy touchup paint... $20.

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    Touch up paint sounds reasonable, thanks for the suggestion.

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    I had more dots than that on a silver car. But imagine this, the PO used the wrong color touch up paint with a shitty paintbrush and no levelling out the paint on.. ALL OF THE DOTS.

    God damnit, so I hadthese big-ass freckles on my front end. I sanded and painted it black.
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    Getting your car or parts of your car, does not come cheap, dont listen to the $300 paint job ads. I got my car repainted and body work included for $7,000, and that was because I was best friends with the guy who owned the place, It normally would have cost me $10,000. An overall ok paint job with bodywork cost around 4,000-6,000, just doesnt include as many coats and paint sanding. But for your hood, front fenders and front end, I would approximate around 2,500 to 3,000.

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