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      03-13-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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anyone have any luck getting their dealership or bmw to do something about the excessive orange peel on some of out vehicles. Kind of disappointed with the paint as it shows a lot of this over much of the body. any hints besides paying someone to wet sand the entire car and foot the bill myself?
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anyone have any luck getting their dealership or bmw to do something about the excessive orange peel on some of out vehicles. Kind of disappointed with the paint as it shows a lot of this over much of the body. any hints besides paying someone to wet sand the entire car and foot the bill myself?
someone hit the drivers side of my car which necessitated a repaint of the entire side. i had to work with the paint guys so they could imitate the factory orange peel. we all had a good laugh.
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Hate to say it, but unless there is visibly flawed over or under spray, orange peel of various degrees will show up. Unfortunately, I think wet sanding the entire car is the only option. The only manufacturer that does this (by hand) to my knowledge is Aston Martin. Or maybe it was Bentley? Either way, way more money than BMW price range.
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anyone have any luck getting their dealership or bmw to do something about the excessive orange peel on some of out vehicles. Kind of disappointed with the paint as it shows a lot of this over much of the body. any hints besides paying someone to wet sand the entire car and foot the bill myself?
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Hate to say it, but unless there is visibly flawed over or under spray, orange peel of various degrees will show up. Unfortunately, I think wet sanding the entire car is the only option. The only manufacturer that does this (by hand) to my knowledge is Aston Martin. Or maybe it was Bentley? Either way, way more money than BMW price range.
Nissan wet-sands every GT-R
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Nissan wet-sands every GT-R
I thought only that one special shade of silver, which ends up costing something like $2k...

I looked at all the M3's on my dealer's lot and the orange peel seemed to be worse on some of the unique M shades - Jerez and Interlagos. I compared to my 2007 E92 space gray and mine seemed to have much less orange peel. That's too bad because I thought IB was stunning...


Am I seeing things? Was it an optical illusion in the darker colors?
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You have done nothing but complain about your M since you joined this forum. Let's see its too slow and lacks power, the exhaust is ugly and now the paint is shotty. Did you even look at the car and test drive it before you bought it?
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dude lay off. The car has orange peel, its part of the deal. looking for options to make it look better. If you dont want to help with that dont reply. i love the car just trying to make every little thing as good as possible.
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Hate to say it, but unless there is visibly flawed over or under spray, orange peel of various degrees will show up. Unfortunately, I think wet sanding the entire car is the only option. The only manufacturer that does this (by hand) to my knowledge is Aston Martin. Or maybe it was Bentley? Either way, way more money than BMW price range.

Lexus wet sands their LS models, apparently - I believe it. I am always amazed at the quality of the paintwork on my parents' Lexuses (Lexi?? ) when I wash them - I hate to say it, but noticeably better than that which is on our BMWs
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Lexus wet sands their LS models, apparently - I believe it. I am always amazed at the quality of the paintwork on my parents' Lexuses (Lexi?? ) when I wash them - I hate to say it, but noticeably better than that which is on our BMWs
+1. My IS-F has no orange peel at all and it is not wet sanded either. I am sure it is just the paint process. The AW barely shows it.
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Lexus wet sands their LS models, apparently - I believe it. I am always amazed at the quality of the paintwork on my parents' Lexuses (Lexi?? ) when I wash them - I hate to say it, but noticeably better than that which is on our BMWs
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      03-14-2009, 12:24 AM   #12
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You have done nothing but complain about your M since you joined this forum. Let's see its too slow and lacks power, the exhaust is ugly and now the paint is shotty. Did you even look at the car and test drive it before you bought it?
+1 don't you have anything postive to say about your M?
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      03-14-2009, 12:50 AM   #13
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dude lay off. The car has orange peel, its part of the deal. looking for options to make it look better. If you dont want to help with that dont reply. i love the car just trying to make every little thing as good as possible.
what is wrong with orange peel ... does it affect performance of the car ? or does it make you car look like 1989 civic ?

if you don't like the way it looks don't buy ... or just repaint the whole car ...

this thread is lame
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this thread is lame
Like a few before it.....
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if you don't like the way it looks don't buy ... or just repaint the whole car ...
Perhaps it's useful if different owners chime in, so the OP knows if it's just his car (possible recourse with BMW) or they are all like that (no recourse).

I don't think it's lame at all - it's a car, not a sacred cow.
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exactly im not here to blow up the m3 community im here to make my car as perfect as possible. We all are upgrading our m's because the stock trim is so much better? i was looking for someone who had positive input to give me about approaching bmw so i can follow their footsteps not someone to bash me for noticing my car has orange peel. its no secret. isnt the purpose of this site that we have a group of people knowledgeable about our specific car to ask questions about modification?

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Perhaps it's useful if different owners chime in, so the OP knows if it's just his car (possible recourse with BMW) or they are all like that (no recourse).

I don't think it's lame at all - it's a car, not a sacred cow.
well, if OP is so concerned about that , then the BEST and the SMARTEST thing to do is to compare it to the other cars at the dealership ! If your car is different then you can approach BMW reps right there and show them the problem ...

What kind of helpful info about your paint can you get here ? I want to see him coming to the dealer and telling them that some guy on the forum told him that is it not normal !
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+1 for Forum Statistics. Make a poll for it, go wild!

My car either:
a) Doesn't have orange peel
b) I don't give a crap about it

General functioning is important, Oil level (once the low level light comes on), and grip. Besides that it'll still be BMW no matter what.
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The orange peel definitely detracts from the car. It is more noticeable on the dark cars especially space gray and jerez black but all the cars I looked at had it. There is no orange peel on the Lexus and Mercedes cars I looked at in the past.
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I hear somewhere it because it's a water based paint? Or something else a bit more environmentally friendly than other paints, the downfall being the orange peel effect. Anyone able to confirm this?
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+1 for Forum Statistics. Make a poll for it, go wild!

My car either:
a) Doesn't have orange peel
b) I don't give a crap about it

General functioning is important, Oil level (once the low level light comes on), and grip. Besides that it'll still be BMW no matter what.
why dont you rattle can your car camoflauge then if you dont care about the paint?
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I hear somewhere it because it's a water based paint? Or something else a bit more environmentally friendly than other paints, the downfall being the orange peel effect. Anyone able to confirm this?
Also wondering, is this a confirmed fact?
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