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    My 335d (E92)'s paintwork took a bit of a battering from its previous owner, with loads of deep scratches, scuffs and swirls all over the body. As such, I'm considering a respray at some point in the future.

    Instead of doing it the same colour again (Black Sapphire), I'm considering doing it Ruby Black (Individual colour), but I'll be getting it done by an aftermarket bodyshop rather than BMW (because of cost).

    The question is, will the bodyshop be able to purchase the Ruby Black paint, and if so, will it be hugely expensive/overpriced?

    Anyone with any experience in this would be helpful!
     
     

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    A good bodyshop should be able to mix the colour on site mate....

    Even though BMW say its an individual colour, they will still release the mixing scheme to the paint companies....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    A good bodyshop should be able to mix the colour on site mate....

    Even though BMW say its an individual colour, they will still release the mixing scheme to the paint companies....
    That's good news, thanks I wonder if the Ruby Black paint will be much more expensive than Black Sapphire for instance?!

    I read the BMW sales blurb on the Individual colours, and they say that Ruby Black is made up of five layers, with "special effects" in the top layer, so I'm wondering if a decent bodyshop will actually be capable of getting the colour 100% right? Or is that just BS from BMW?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich242 View Post
    That's good news, thanks I wonder if the Ruby Black paint will be much more expensive than Black Sapphire for instance?!

    I read the BMW sales blurb on the Individual colours, and they say that Ruby Black is made up of five layers, with "special effects" in the top layer, so I'm wondering if a decent bodyshop will actually be capable of getting the colour 100% right? Or is that just BS from BMW?
    It prob will be dearer if there is more of a pearl coat then the black sapphire. But if you can find a good bodyshop with a skilled painter, they can do anything you want mate...
    It wont be cheap but it will look sweet...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    It prob will be dearer if there is more of a pearl coat then the black sapphire. But if you can find a good bodyshop with a skilled painter, they can do anything you want mate...
    It wont be cheap but it will look sweet...
    Cool I'm expecting up to £2k for a decent job, is that about right? Will probably leave the engine bay etc. as it's black metallic already (black sapphire) so shouldn't be much different?

    I wonder if it will affect resale value as it's not the original colour?
     
     

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    2k may be about right. Just dont go with the cheapest quote.

    Personally as long as it was a tip top job it wouldnt worry me if the car has had a repaint, but it may put some punters off...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    2k may be about right. Just dont go with the cheapest quote.

    Personally as long as it was a tip top job it wouldnt worry me if the car has had a repaint, but it may put some punters off...
    Would potential buyers know? Will it have to be logged down on the V5 etc., even though it's still "black"?
     
     

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    As long as its black, you wouldnt have to change the V5...

    It all depends on if you have an eagle eye punter or not...
    I could spot it, but IMO its best to be honest and open when selling a car...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    As long as its black, you wouldnt have to change the V5...

    It all depends on if you have an eagle eye punter or not...
    I could spot it, but IMO its best to be honest and open when selling a car...
    Agreed, but as long as I don't have to change the V5, I don't reckon it'd be a problem?

    Thanks for the help mate, I've been recommended a really good (apparently) bodyshop by my detailing contact, so I'll give them a shout.
     
     

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