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    Hi

    I own a 1995 E36 saloon. The side skirt/sills are original and have a grey rubbery coating on them and the front and rear bumpers are grey also.

    I want to change the colour so they colour match the rest of the car (Calypso red).

    1. Originally on the E36's where these sills painted or did they fix a colour matched skirt over the top of the sills?

    2. What colour primer should I use under the Calypso red?

    3. Should I use a lacquer spray to finish?

    4. Any suggestions on what type of spray paint I should use on plastic?

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    You would be much better off allowing a professional to look at it as you don't want it to look odd. I believe the colour coding of the mentioned parts was an optional extra
     
     

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    For what I paid for the car and the condition isn't perfect, I would like to give it a go myself. Hopefully the colour difference won't be to much. The colour is Calypso Red.

    Do you think it would be better to try and take off the grey rubbery stuff on the sills or paint over it?

    Do you know any answers to my previous questions at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dx90 View Post
    1. Originally on the E36's where these sills painted or did they fix a colour matched skirt over the top of the sills?

    2. What colour primer should I use under the Calypso red?

    3. Should I use a lacquer spray to finish?

    4. Any suggestions on what type of spray paint I should use on plastic?

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    1. As A20 said it was an option

    2. Keep it dark

    3. Calypso red is metallic so, yes you have to finish with a Lacquer coat

    4. Normal two pack, But you have to be quick there phasing it out soon going
    to water base paint, so you might have a problem matching it up.
     
     

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    Cheers. I'll get some sorted this week end.
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    The rubbery coating is a protection against stone chips so paint over it

    Have you not thought about obtaining some M3 sideskirts and having them sprayed and fitted over the top? Would look much better
     
     

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    hey

    bodywork and painting/spraying cars is a art rather than a skill , so best to leave it really because more than likely it will not increase the value of the car, so you woud be wasting your time and money, espcially if the condition is not great in the first place,
    I mean would a teenager date a pensioner who was wearing a mini skirt , probably not so is it worth it spraying the side skirts on ur car

    however if ur feeling brave this summer,

    1 - order the correct colour from BMW dealership only, for correct colour match
    you will probably need 3-4 -150ml cans - cost approx £7 a can
    Laquer can is provided free with each colour spray can
    No primer required
    2 - wash the car
    3 - remove any dirt / rub down any rust and prep
    4- mask up car where required- cover wheels
    5 - make sure its not windy - or your in a garage - shake can - start spraying from left to right motions - remember karate Kid not up down but

    6 - allow to dry between coats, repeat process, until colour match complete , then only apply laquer when dry

    finally apply polish and buff off

    gd luck

    oh post ur photos asap from start to finish - kant wait
     
     

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    If I wanted to do the front and back bumper at the same time, how many extra spray cans of paint do you think I would need?

    Can I pray the bumpers direct with no primer or will I need some special primer for them?

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    easy hold ur horses...........if your doing more than just the side skirts or 1 -2 body panels - thank I would say forget it and let a pro do ... or if you got a compressor then kool if not allow it.

    spray cans are really only suitable for small work or patch ups not new work ....as the spray can gets clogged and you will find little spolges , basically the job would be diaster -

    I reakon if you were to spray all what you say using spray cans , not only will it take ages , and look terrible or noticeble - i mean in a bad way.
    ur handy work would probably de value your car and not get u a single female admiarer.

    please forget this DIY project , and think about speed/ handling of the car... change suspension / put new clutch - car will def go faster- get strut bars - peformance exhaust ETC

    all the best
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndWot View Post
    easy hold ur horses...........if your doing more than just the side skirts or 1 -2 body panels - thank I would say forget it and let a pro do ... or if you got a compressor then kool if not allow it.

    spray cans are really only suitable for small work or patch ups not new work ....as the spray can gets clogged and you will find little spolges , basically the job would be diaster -

    I reakon if you were to spray all what you say using spray cans , not only will it take ages , and look terrible or noticeble - i mean in a bad way.
    ur handy work would probably de value your car and not get u a single female admiarer.

    please forget this DIY project , and think about speed/ handling of the car... change suspension / put new clutch - car will def go faster- get strut bars - peformance exhaust ETC

    all the best


     
     

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