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Hello, i recently bought a 02 M3 and it was the perfect car, white with red interior. Has 133k miles, and overall in super good condition, except one spot right above the driver door. Is this needing to be repainted or is there any temporary thing I could do to make it look a little nicer until I do end up repainting. Thanks.
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Hello, i recently bought a 02 M3 and it was the perfect car, white with red interior. Has 133k miles, and overall in super good condition, except one spot right above the driver door. Is this needing to be repainted or is there any temporary thing I could do to make it look a little nicer until I do end up repainting. Thanks.
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This looks like a bonding failure to the paint(?) primer underneath. The panel appears to have already had a poor respray...a good paint shop can feather out the bonding failure and help you decide whether the entire panel is debonding and what your options are. None of them really good.
 

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This looks like a bonding failure to the paint(?) primer underneath. The panel appears to have already had a poor respray...a good paint shop can feather out the bonding failure and help you decide whether the entire panel is debonding and what your options are. None of them really good.
How can you tell its been resprayed? Not questioning your knowledge but I just cant tell.
 

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This looks like a bonding failure to the paint(?) primer underneath. The panel appears to have already had a poor respray...a good paint shop can feather out the bonding failure and help you decide whether the entire panel is debonding and what your options are. None of them really good.
Fully agreed. I’ve seen this kind of stuff on poor respray jobs before. Factory paint would not peel this way.. it would be a much smaller chip or scratch in clear coat or down to bare metal… not paint peeling from primer.

My guess is there will be more of this peeling around the entire area that was redone. This can be touched up temporarily but if you want to fix it right, have a shop determine what was resprayed and re-do it properly. Won’t be cheap but won’t peel again either if done right…
 
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