1995 E36 320i - Calypso Red paint. Primer colour help needed

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    I need to know what colour primer/base coat was used on my E36 1995 Calypso Red BMW so I can get a fairly good match. Anyone know?
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    Good old grey was used on mine mate
     
     

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    Any paint work thats been done on mine has been Black primer gives it a darker richer colour. but its usually grey as steve says. have a look here
     
     

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    Does paint darken over the years?

    The car is in average condition for its age, so not great. I want to colour match the side sills and front/back bumpers one rear wheel arch and a bottom of the passenger door.

    It has some stone chips on the front, but the colour underneath looks white/yellow colour but on one of the doors it looks grey.

    If I stick with grey underneath do you think it will be a close enough match?

    Would you recommend spraying the bumpers on the car or off?

    I've decided to try Autopaint. St Helens for a colour match spray can. I found the name on here.
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    You should be fine with the grey

    Yes better with bumpers off there not hard to take off saves a lot of time masking up. You can take a e36 bumper off in about 10 mins no problem
     
     

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    The top half of my bumpers are already painted.
    Do I have to take off the whole bumper or is there a way where I just take off just the bottom half?
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    No, the bumper is in one piece, front and back
     
     

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    OK, thanks.
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    Got a couple more questions.

    Is it easier to take the side skirts off to paint or spray them on the car?

    I am thinking about putting some twisted side skirts on instead.

    Do I take off the old skirts and fit the new ones on or do the new twited skirts fit over the top of the old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dx90 View Post
    Got a couple more questions.

    Is it easier to take the side skirts off to paint or spray them on the car?

    I am thinking about putting some twisted side skirts on instead.

    Do I take off the old skirts and fit the new ones on or do the new twited skirts fit over the top of the old?

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    Personally, I take what I can off the car prior to painting, it allows you to prepare the surfaces better and also get a good even coat into any nooks and crannies. and no you wouldn't be able to fit over the top of existing skirts. The skirts are simply enough to remove.
     
     

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