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      09-07-2012, 03:24 AM   #1
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Smile Repainting 335i Coupe **Lamborghini Balloon White**

**Update 1**
Got back from the body shop a couple of hours ago, and they've just completed painting the doorsills and inside of the trunk. I opted against painting the engine bay because it seemed like a waste of money and the thought of the entire engine and transmission being removed gave me shivers! I'm already freaked out enough that the hood, doors, and trunk are currently missing

Here's a couple of pictures I took of the drivers-side doorsill. See if you can tell the difference between balloon white and the still very alpine white exterior

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**End Update 1**

Well, this has been done by at least 2 members of this forum and their cars transformed into absolute stunners; so I bit the bullet last week and sent my car into the body shop for a little pearl-white makeover.

Before I begin, I should probably explain how this all started. I had no intention of doing any extensive exterior modifications to my Alpine White beauty. I purchased a set of M3 GTS replica wheels as soon as I bought my car, and was perfectly content. Then, one fateful Sunday morning, I was lined up behind a bunch of fellow E9x's waiting to park in a crowded rural lot. While I was sitting there, I noticed a makeshift parking space between two trees directly behind me. I cranked my wheel to right to guide my car in, but as fate would have it, a low-lying fire hydrant clipped off my front bumper as I was swinging around. It was a horrible sound, and when I got out to figure out what had happened, I realized that not only was the bumper a goner, I'd also lost the right hand side plastic fender which had been torn at the point where it connects to the bumper. Here's a picture of the fateful incident.

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So this is where my crazy, completely illogical thought process started. Here's what ent on inside my brain: I definitely need to buy and repaint a new front bumper and right-side fender...well, instead of getting the original front bumper, i might as well go for the Msport, right? Well, if I'm getting the Msport front, it's not that much more to expensive to buy the entire Msport kit with side skirts and rear bumper. Well, if I have to repaint all of that, we're practically painting half the car, so what if I just, well, paint the whole car a different color. Believe me, I almost took it a lot further. I was thinking about a new hood and trunk for a while, but thankfully I was able to stop myself there!

I like the clean look, so I'm keeping things pretty simple. The only aftermarket part i ended up buying was the 3 Fin Duke Dynamics Quad Diffusor. The Msport diffuser just looks too plain to me. The entire car is going to be Balloon White apart from the kidney's, window trim, and diffuser; all of which i am painting metallic gunmetal gray to match my wheels. I was originally thinking about painting my roof gray as well, but since BW is such an awesome color (it literally looks different from every angle), I figured it would be a shame not to have it covering every possible part of the car.

The entire project is going to take about 4-5 weeks. Another Hong Kong forum member recommended the bodyshop to me, and so far they seem very professional and courteous. I'm a bit anal-retentive when it comes to my car and they've been looking after all of the removed parts really well. A big plus is that their foreman speaks excellent English, and we haven't had any communication problems so far. The shop is a little bit out of the way, so I'm going to try and drop by every weekend to take pictures and check on progress. Here are some from last Saturday.

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Apparently the Balloon White Paint code I found online (PPG 224009) has 4 different formula's, so they prepared all 4 for me too choose from. You'll see them lying on my hood. Under direct sunlight they all look very similar, but in low light conditions they look extremely different, ranging from pure white to yellowy and silvery. Guess which one I chose :

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      09-07-2012, 04:04 AM   #2
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this is gonna be SIKKKKKKKKK, cant wait to see the finished look of your ride, keep us posted!!!
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Good Luck with the transformation bro. Looking forward to the finished product soon!
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this is gonna be SIKKKKKKKKK, cant wait to see the finished look of your ride, keep us posted!!!
Thanks man, believe me, i can't wait either. I'm itching for it to be tomorrow already so i can go check out the progress.

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Good Luck with the transformation bro. Looking forward to the finished product soon!
Bro, If my car looks half as cool as yours, i'll be happy!

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Wow. That's going to be sick color! Damn
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Looking good Ashwin! Can't wait to see the final product!
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Nice can't wait to see it
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I'm guessing/hoping you chose the "pure white"?

Should look good.
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Hey man, where the shop again? Let me go drop by and hello to your car when I work.
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i like the way you justify spending.
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this will be interesting.
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Oh I am excited.
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i'm going to guess the lower right one... ?
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Haha, ya sneaky bastard, I almost missed this! Gotta see this brother.
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OP updated! I apologize the two pictures are upside down. The orientation is fine when i open them with preview. This has happened once before, and I can't figure out how to fix it, does anyone know?

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Wow. That's going to be sick color! Damn
Thanks Cn555ic! Our local resident photographer IcyJ has already offered to take pictures of the final product, I can't wait to show them off

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Looking good Ashwin! Can't wait to see the final product!
Thanks man, you'll have to come to one of the meets to check it out!

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Nice can't wait to see it
4 weeks max! Hopefully IcyJ isn't too busy.

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I'm guessing/hoping you chose the "pure white"?

Should look good.
Good guess, however the pure white looks a little bit too flat in low lighting conditions and doesn't give you that beautiful layered look. I went with the slightly off-white because it has incredible depth. It's the middle one in the panned out shot of my hood, and the top right in the closeup.

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Hey man, where the shop again? Let me go drop by and hello to your car when I work.
Jacky, I'll Whatsapp you the address. I let Jimmy (the foreman) know that you might come in from time to time to check it out, so feel free to drop by whenever. Just make sure you take pictures!

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i hate you. in a good way lol
Haha. I hate myself too. I've spent way too much money on my car this year.

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this will be interesting.
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Oh I am excited.
Just don't spunkter all over your screen

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i'm going to guess the lower right one... ?
That was my second choice. However, under low lighting conditions the it just looks silver. Total chameleon formula though, the slightest angle changes the way it looks dramatically

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Oh, and I'd really appreciate a little feedback. I keep going back and forth in my head about whether I should paint my roof metallic gunmetal gray or keep it balloon white. What do you guys think? Since I'm painting the door trim gunmetal gray, i keep thinking it might look weird if the roof is the same color. The only thing is that everyone here paints their roof gloss black, so i'm not sure if gray will look good. Some opinions would be excellent.
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Bad news - your username makes no sense anymore!
Actually, it will make sense forever. I got into a devastating accident in January and completely destroyed my LSB E46 M3. I was blessed to walk away unscathed, but from that day onwards I'll always be Laguna Seca Blue (sad)

This has been a terrible year for car related issues. I'd never even been in a fender bender since I started driving 13 years ago, but this year I totalled my M3 and pulled off the front bumper of my 335i a couple of months after I got it. After this paintjob, my car is going into the garage until 2013. Haha.
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Don't paint it. Keep it same as body color, if anything wrap it as u can always go back if u at sick of the different color roof.
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