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      07-16-2019, 01:01 PM   #1
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100k+ E90 Paint Condition

Hi Guys,

I was hoping to get a few comparison shots with the condition of your guys clear coat/paint after 100k. This is something thatís more up my alley but any tips or info on how these factory paint jobs hold up over time would be much appreciated. Iíve attached a couple of mine.

Iím curious because on the driver and passenger side it almost feels like overspray or body work thatís been repainted. Either that or after 150k the coat is just showing itís age, so if anyone has experienced the same thing let me know. You canít really tell by just looking at it but if you run your hand along side it the texture is different.
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Hi Guys,

I was hoping to get a few comparison shots with the condition of your guys clear coat/paint after 100k. This is something that's more up my alley but any tips or info on how these factory paint jobs hold up over time would be much appreciated. I've attached a couple of mine.

I'm curious because on the driver and passenger side it almost feels like overspray or body work that's been repainted. Either that or after 150k the coat is just showing it's age, so if anyone has experienced the same thing let me know. You can't really tell by just looking at it but if you run your hand along side it the texture is different.
My car is at 117,00 miles. I have a 2009 jet black 3 series that I purchased in 2009 CPO. The paint is far from perfect and this is not for a lack of trying. I'm not an expert but I feel like the paint/clear coat has softened with time. Excuse my terminology if it's not correct. I feel like my car is more easily prone to swirl marks and scratches no matter how I baby it.
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There are lots of tell-tale signs that a car has been painted. Itís not uncommon or, IMO, a big issue unless itís obvious in the daylight. Get the car under some fluorescent lights and youíll be able to see a lot more of the issues.

A good way to extend the life of paint is give a good polish (cut if necessary) then seal the paint with a ceramic coating. It takes a while to polish, but it helps the sealant last a lot longer and the added UV protection of the ceramic coating is a nice bonus.

Unfortunately, if the car has sat outside for 150k+ miles with not much in the way of care taking clears will fail and thereís not much to do than repaint at that point.

Polishing the whole car will help with the uniformity of the feel of the paint. If not that, then cut compound is the next step.
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My E90 is alpine white so the paint never looks too bad.

If I could see the vehicle in person, I could tell you if it has been painted. If you are really worried, I would use a paint depth gauge.

Usually you will be fine with a minor cut / polish. Make sure to use a DA / Random if you do not have experience. Wrong move with a rotary and you can burn the paint.

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My E90 is alpine white so the paint never looks too bad.

If I could see the vehicle in person, I could tell you if it has been painted. If you are really worried, I would use a paint depth gauge.

Usually you will be fine with a minor cut / polish. Make sure to use a DA / Random if you do not have experience. Wrong move with a rotary and you can burn the paint.

Good luck!
Yeah totally agree with everyone above. Iím actually decent with a machine buffer. If youíve ever worked in a detail shop thereís always one guy whoís great at it and he ends up doing a lot of the work. That wasnít me but Iíve done a good bit of it. Whenever you pick up a darker car unless the person REALLY cared for it itís going to be very swirled. Touch car washes which is what the majority of people use are always the culprit. Never, ever, use a touch car wash.

That was the case when I picked it up and believe me I know how crazy the difference is after you machine compound and buff. I no longer have a machine buffer, thatís the primary reason I havenít taken that step. My question was as far as the clear coat goes whatís typical after 150k+ with E90ís? I clayed it a couple times so itís not overspray. Itís just really odd that the sides of the car seem worn but not the hood, trunk, or roof. The areas that would typically show age first.

In the direct sunlight though, this thing is swirled beyond belief. I kind of envy owners of white/silver cars.

Thanks all.
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Yeah, aging on the sides vs top is very odd and a sign something has likely been done.

Iíd say the e90 paint is pretty above average quality for BMW. But cars in high sun exposure are starting to have issues 13+ years on...

My blue water metallic 09 still looks pretty good but the hood and roof looking more worn than the rest... a good polish may take care of it. Not sure yet tho

But this car is basically silver - my first non black car besides one red. Man, silver is so, so so easy. Dunno if Iíll go back to anything else to be honest. Maybe white
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From my understandng the older BMWs such as e46s and older have had better paint quality than the e90 and newer
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