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      01-28-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Getting Body Kit Painted...Guidance!

I have been trying to get my M Kit painted and shops are saying that they will not paint unless I bring the car to them with the kit already installed (pre fitment). They said that most shops nowadays will not paint kits due to issues during the process. Does this make sense since it can damage the kit while driving it. I am trying to get my front, rear, and sides painted. Can anyone give any guidance on the process of getting parts painted from their personal experience?
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Your shop is probably worried about painting the bumper and then it not fitting. If it's an OEM bumper tell them to paint it. If you arn't using OEM paint give them your gas cap so they can paint match.
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I have been trying to get my M Kit painted and shops are saying that they will not paint unless I bring the car to them with the kit already installed (pre fitment). They said that most shops nowadays will not paint kits due to issues during the process. Does this make sense since it can damage the kit while driving it. I am trying to get my front, rear, and sides painted. Can anyone give any guidance on the process of getting parts painted from their personal experience?
what the member above me stated. Shops nowadays wont paint it because they dont want to be blamed for fitment issues after paint. I've NEVER taken only my parts to get painted because of paint blending. Sometimes if you get your parts painted without blending the rest of your car, it wil look somewhat awkward
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yah I have talked to quit a few shops now and they are all charging a little extra for blending. So my cost for all my paint, install and blend is around $2200. Which apparently is a decent price as long as its a good paint job. I guess I really have no choice in pulling the trigger since I've already invested in the kit itself.
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yah I have talked to quit a few shops now and they are all charging a little extra for blending. So my cost for all my paint, install and blend is around $2200. Which apparently is a decent price as long as its a good paint job. I guess I really have no choice in pulling the trigger since I've already invested in the kit itself.
$2200 is a bit steep. For estimation purposes, this past summer I had my front m3 rep bumper, performance sides, DD hood, and csl trunk all painted for $1500 with blending. But maybe the bodyshop market in california is different, so im not too sure how it works over there.
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Yah I think the market out here for new cars is scarce. Out here shops are all about insurance work only and classic car restorations. No body kits allowed out here lol.
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So I pulled the trigger. Getting painted. $1900
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So I pulled the trigger. Getting painted. $1900
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So I pulled the trigger. Getting painted. $1900
Wondering if you know that the cost of DIY painting.
Bulldog adhesion promoter$ 23/qt
Primer $15/qt
Primer reducer $5qt
Color $50/pt or qt ( depends)
Color reducer $15/qt
Clear $40/qt
Clear activator $10/ 1/2pt

Total $158

My personal preference is 3 guns.
Husky hvlp $75

Or harbor freight $15 one use only then junk em. Lol


Good compressor 20 gallon and at least 3.5 HP ( lots of air flow for full vehicle painting projects) $400

Hoses and adapters $25


Total project
$743 The first time

Cost for paint parts individually at your body shop?

2,000 m3 bumper
2,000 carbon hood
2,000. Carbon trunk
1000 side skirts

In reality, if they do pre-paint panels they should be able to match the paint with the car before painting the real car. No blending is needed. Clear coat sometimes is more yellow than clear so it changes the color slightly.

I hope the best for you and hope more people start to DIY.
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Wondering if you know that the cost of DIY painting.
Bulldog adhesion promoter$ 23/qt
Primer $15/qt
Primer reducer $5qt
Color $50/pt or qt ( depends)
Color reducer $15/qt
Clear $40/qt
Clear activator $10/ 1/2pt

Total $158

My personal preference is 3 guns.
Husky hvlp $75

Or harbor freight $15 one use only then junk em. Lol


Good compressor 20 gallon and at least 3.5 HP ( lots of air flow for full vehicle painting projects) $400

Hoses and adapters $25


Total project
$743 The first time

Cost for paint parts individually at your body shop?

2,000 m3 bumper
2,000 carbon hood
2,000. Carbon trunk
1000 side skirts


In reality, if they do pre-paint panels they should be able to match the paint with the car before painting the real car. No blending is needed. Clear coat sometimes is more yellow than clear so it changes the color slightly.

I hope the best for you and hope more people start to DIY.
He just said it was 1900 to paint all of those. What body shop charges that much to paint? And honestly $750 to buy all the parts and DIY, I would pay the extra $1150 to have the shop paint and blend my car for me. Takes stress off of my everyday life and most of us dont have time to do all that. And with a DIY its really hard to get your paint to match correctly, reminds me of the time I took had some mobile guy come to paint of of my panels that had scratches on it.
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Wondering if you know that the cost of DIY painting.
Bulldog adhesion promoter$ 23/qt
Primer $15/qt
Primer reducer $5qt
Color $50/pt or qt ( depends)
Color reducer $15/qt
Clear $40/qt
Clear activator $10/ 1/2pt

Total $158

My personal preference is 3 guns.
Husky hvlp $75

Or harbor freight $15 one use only then junk em. Lol


Good compressor 20 gallon and at least 3.5 HP ( lots of air flow for full vehicle painting projects) $400

Hoses and adapters $25


Total project
$743 The first time

Cost for paint parts individually at your body shop?

2,000 m3 bumper
2,000 carbon hood
2,000. Carbon trunk
1000 side skirts


In reality, if they do pre-paint panels they should be able to match the paint with the car before painting the real car. No blending is needed. Clear coat sometimes is more yellow than clear so it changes the color slightly.

I hope the best for you and hope more people start to DIY.
He just said it was 1900 to paint all of those. What body shop charges that much to paint? And honestly $750 to buy all the parts and DIY, I would pay the extra $1150 to have the shop paint and blend my car for me. Takes stress off of my everyday life and most of us dont have time to do all that. And with a DIY its really hard to get your paint to match correctly, reminds me of the time I took had some mobile guy come to paint of of my panels that had scratches on it.
I was exaggerating the cost of his shop because I see posts like this all the time. If he borrowed a compressor and gun, it would only cost the $158 . People spend crazy amounts of money to have body shops do this kind of work and colors still do not match. Do you think blending is not going to like new fresh paint while other parts not painted ? For example, his front bumper will blend into the fenders and rear into the quarter panel. They may not do his door. Therefore it may look older or more orange peel, or less orange peel, or color difference .
So just let me reiterate that most body shops do a pre-paint panel to color match . It is very much more time and labor intensive to sand every panel to blend.

I would gladly take $1900 to spray his parts over 5 times to his liking and pocket $1000.

And not only that, once you buy the stuff, you can spray rims instead of plastic dipping. You can retouch up and curb scrapes without paying to redo it.

Overall, $1900 is fairly decent considering they will keep you car for a week, sanding, prepping, and painting.

Also another reason for not blending panels is some people lease the car.
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I am getting more than just front, rear, sides. But you will have to wait to see lol. The price they quoted me is with a lifetime warranty and a guarantee match. If not I do not pay. I don't know to many reputable shops that will paint your car for 750. Maybe those prices are for lower end paint as well. I price quoted PPG and Dupont and came up with around 350 for paint. If there is a shop willing to paint for 750 then they aremore than likely not doing proper steps or just spraying and waiting to get paid without effort. If I wanted that kind of job I could have easily went Maaco or Econo. Plus as mentioned above I do not have tons of time on my hand to do it properly.
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