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      01-25-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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My 2006 325i has peeling paint in my "gunnel" channels on the roof (where the attachements are for luggage carriers etc.) What kind of process or paint can I use to repair the peeling paint. The paint is peeling only on one side of the car, and the entire lenght of the channel. I could not find any answer in my search.
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      01-25-2010, 12:04 PM   #2
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this was an issue on the early E90s.. Is your car still under warranty? My dealer replaced these shortly after I got the car out of "good faith" and didn't charge me anything. If you can't get it replaced, I guess you can remove them, sand them down and repaint them with a semi-gloss like rustoleum or trim paint.
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      01-25-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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If it is a 325, it should be a matte black, correct?
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      01-25-2010, 12:11 PM   #4
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Fixing ours was $235 at the local body shop, if you are thinking of going that route.
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      01-25-2010, 12:53 PM   #5
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it's a known issue...
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      01-25-2010, 01:12 PM   #6
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yep when I got my windshield re-aligned, long story, they for some reason replaced the pass. side and I brought that up to them about getting the drivers side replaces cause of flaking and they said I would have to pay and its cheaper to do it myself with spray paint.

Although it doesnt bother me now as I have bigger issues
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      01-25-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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i got both of mine replaced last month by the dealership. first the dealership told me to get them painted at a body so i went to see how much it would cost and they said 400 dollars so i complained to the proper people at bmw (iam a BIG complainer) and they replaced them under my OPP for $50. its a very common problem with bmw on all the models with flat black roof rails. the next bmw i get has to have painted roof rails
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      01-25-2010, 02:01 PM   #8
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it's unfortunate that after 4 years they still can't get it right...my e90 lci is peeling too
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Thanks folks, unfortunately the car is no longer under the original warranty. The part is a matte black. I wonder what kind of paint/sealer etc. I should use. I don't think it would be worth spending $300-400 dollars to have a paint shop do it. Should I sand it first, apply the paint, and then seal. Any advice what kind of paint and sealer I should use?
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      03-10-2010, 11:36 PM   #11
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Great.. .Its a known problem. Anyone know the part number?
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      03-15-2010, 11:37 AM   #12
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The moulding is peeling horribly on the passenger side of mine only. Mine has a matte black finish, so I just ordered the part from Tischer for ~$67.

If yours is painted, then it's ~$252 for the part already painted, or ~$63 to buy it primed. The part numbers for the painted versions are Here [RealOEM], but the black matte finish isn't listed (I called Tischer's Service Dept. and they gave me the part number, which order history doesn't show).

I don't know how to install it, however. I've heard that it just snaps on and off, usually taking the clips with it, breaking them (51137077127, $0.50). Does anyone have actual installation instructions to install it?
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      03-24-2010, 03:16 AM   #13
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The moulding is peeling horribly on the passenger side of mine only. Mine has a matte black finish, so I just ordered the part from Tischer for ~$67.

If yours is painted, then it's ~$252 for the part already painted, or ~$63 to buy it primed. The part numbers for the painted versions are Here [RealOEM], but the black matte finish isn't listed (I called Tischer's Service Dept. and they gave me the part number, which order history doesn't show).

I don't know how to install it, however. I've heard that it just snaps on and off, usually taking the clips with it, breaking them (51137077127, $0.50). Does anyone have actual installation instructions to install it?
I am curious as well!
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Any update on the install procedure for this?

I too need the part but Tischer website says no phone calls? I need the matte black one for 325i and don't have the part #.

Thanks
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      04-27-2010, 11:03 PM   #15
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Is it only the railing that peels? Or the actual roof?
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      07-18-2010, 09:26 PM   #16
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This past weekend I actually repainted the roof railings. Didn't do a DIY but it is very straight forward. Remove the roof railings with a screwdriver, starting from the back and working to the front. Sand the pieces down with 120 grit sandpaper. Then apply 5-6 coats of paint. The paint I used was Duplicolor Universal Flat Black. I got it from advanced auto. It matched the oem color almost perfectly and looked great when I was finished. Very easy job and only spent 10$ plus 1.5 hour time. Since finding the right paint was the hardest part, thought I would share the info. BUN1040 is the paint number. I will try and post up some pics tommorow.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...T|GRP2050____#



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      06-08-2011, 11:38 AM   #17
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Thanks! I am going to do this ASAP. Mine started peeling a few weeks ago and now look horrible.
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      06-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #18
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Since they are some sort of plastic, I had mine vinyl-wrapped instead of sanding/painting. Cost me $45 at LTBMW, if you have access. It's been several months, and it looks so much better I don't even notice them any longer.
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      06-09-2011, 02:06 PM   #19
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Why are you guys trying to paint it? Use plasti dip....


As for installation, start at the back, use a flat head screwdriver and use the windshield seal as leverage and pry it up. Loosen the first 2 or 3 clips and slide the rail back....it will come off after you slide it back a couple inches.

Yes some clips may break. Just replace the clips from the middle to the ones on either end. Or you can buy new ones....
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      10-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #20
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What is the advantage of using Plasti Dip instead of paint???
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      10-26-2011, 01:41 AM   #21
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You can get new rails that come already painted. They are like $60 each from tischer. Install is cake, just pop out the old ones and put in the new. Make sure you order the right part though - I think some cars have matte painted ones and some don't.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...5#post10376745
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      10-26-2011, 02:27 AM   #22
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Yeah this really pissed me off. I bought a CPO with 40k miles and my friend was said BMW was great about warranty. I took it to the dealer at about 45k miles and they said it was not covered. They painted it for me but didn't do a very good prep job.
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