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      02-25-2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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Good (and cost efficient) paint shop in SoCal?

Just got a Metak diffuser and I think it would look great color matched to my car.
It's a small piece and I don't want to break the bank getting it sprayed space grey.

Suggestions?
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      02-25-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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The Shop in culver city. Mo's pretty reasonable. I had him repaint my entire bumper and rear fender after my own father backed into my car. Good as new. I think it was $1,000 including some body work on the fender. Can't imagine a diffuser would cost more than few hundred and he will install it properly too.
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      02-26-2014, 01:47 AM   #3
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Try this place... I got my lci conversion done there on my E90 M3.

The owner Lawrence also has an e46 M3

http://m.yelp.com/biz/tri-star-auto-...ntington-beach
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      02-26-2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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A-1 body shop in Huntington Beach
name: Wayne
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      02-26-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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Try this place... I got my lci conversion done there on my E90 M3.

The owner Lawrence also has an e46 M3

http://m.yelp.com/biz/tri-star-auto-...ntington-beach
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A-1 body shop in Huntington Beach
name: Wayne
Both are very good places, you can't go wrong with either one.
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Thanks guys.
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      02-26-2014, 06:55 PM   #7
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A-1 body shop in Huntington Beach
name: Wayne
DONT GO HERE.

Fisheyes, bubbles, bad prep work, dirt in the paint. I paid extra for them to block everything super flat and they didn't do a damn thing. When I asked them to redo it right they told me to pound sand. They would probably be fine for a diffuser that sits under the car but still.

I had them paint my vorsteiner trunk and front bumper. The trunk is currently at european motor car works getting redone (paying twice... yay). European is charging only slightly more and they do a very quality job.

I just installed the bumper as-is it since its going to get messed up from rock chips, etc anyways and I'll eventually get it repainted and clear bra'd.
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      02-28-2014, 03:05 AM   #8
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C&C Collision (formerly in Pasadena)
http://candccollision.com/
Phone: (626) 284-2120
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518 S. Palm Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
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I had my EU-spec front bumper sourced through EAS painted by them and had the BMW Carbon Fiber Splitters taken off prior bumper and re-applied with an adhesive less aggressive than betalink. Their work was flawless and my detailer, Eric Schuster from Envious Detailing, could not differentiate their paint work from OEM under heavy LED light testing. If top-quality is your priority, you can't go wrong with C&C. Nathan is an E92 M3 owner and search the forum, their work is recommended by many.

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Saturday 9 am to 1 pm
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Also recommended by many credible users, vendors, and detailers on the forum.
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These are all nice shops, but for this simple job, I'd recommend Jazz Autobody in Stanton. Simple place. Armando is a good guy and the paint has always matched perfectly.

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C&C collision has done good work for us.
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