That's so cool, I'm glad I could be a source of inspiration. I've owned mine for like 4 years now and have hardly made a dent in my to-do list for the car. I'll have to live vicariously through your thread until I can get back to working on mineThanks! Your build thread was one of the main reason's I purchased a red touring to be honest. Sadly I have clear coat pealing in a few spots, but it's still red!
I feel your pain with the clear coat peel. It's an issue on both my Japanrot E46's. On my sedan it started on the hood, then the top of the roof like you've got, then the tops of the door handles, and finally the trunk lid. My wagon just has it mostly on the rear hatch, and a few small spots on the roof (for now) It seems to be a really common issue with this color. All the red E46s I see at the salvage yard have clear peeling somewhere too.This is the worst spot of clear coat peal. I've thought it over quite a bit, I'll have the windshield removed so the roof will receive a "glass out" repaint.
I've got quite a bit of work a head of me.. I need to remove door handles, trim pieces, glass, roof rails.. Many items so the paint work comes out excellent.
I was able to get the carpet out from the donor car this way, but getting it back into mine will be the tricky part. Worst case, I guess I'll have to disconnect the lines if it puts up a fight.I don't think that is going to work, the studs are so long you'll have to pull the box from the firewall and I don't think you'll have enough give with the lines.
I pull the heater boxes when changing carpets MOST of the time. BUT the BMW repair instructions actually say to cut around the box and leave it in place, with that said though I looked quickly through TIS and now can't find the instructions. lol