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    Painting E30 hardtop

    Anyone ever do this? I am interested as my vinyl is peeling off and looks terrible. I've seen some that have been painted and I like it a lot.

    #2
    yup huge pita.
    take the rear window seal out
    take the rails off.
    strip the top material off
    sand all the glue off
    us filler to fill the 1000s of tiny holes. the top is also wavy so you will need to smooth out all the highs and lows. otherwise when you paint it, it will look terrible.
    then primer and paint. leave all the rubber attached and wedge in a rope to old it away from the fiberglass.
    the whole job should take about 30 hours.
    Much wow
    I hate 4 doors

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      #3
      Imo painted hard tops look horrible. If you wanted one get a coupe :/


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        #4
        Originally posted by E30_Pare View Post
        Imo painted hard tops look horrible. If you wanted one get a coupe :/


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          #5
          I think it looks very nice if color matched to the car, hasn't been very often because it is a lot of work and not cheap





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            #6
            ehh. Still not a fan

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              #7
              black on the red one would look nicer
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                #8
                i kind of like painted hard tops if they are done well. matte black, gloss black, or the body color are best.

                personally, i like the body color.

                the m3 cabrio, someone filled in the scallop behind the rear side window.
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                88 cabrio becoming alpina b6 3.5s transplanted s62
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                88 325ix coupe manual lachsilber/cardinal
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                87 e30 m3 for parts lachsilber/cardinal(serial number 7)
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                  #9
                  Painted hardtop thread.

                  The first pic above is a Weismann hardtop.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by robrez View Post
                    Painted hardtop thread.

                    The first pic above is a Weismann hardtop.
                    Its also an M3 Cabrio...or a darn good clone
                    Deck Lid and soft top Shocks on hand

                    Seat shocks on hand for immediate shipment
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                    http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=360504
                    87 Zinno Cabrio barn find 98k and still smells like a barn. Build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...20#post3455220

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                      #11
                      Theres less than 20 real factory m3 cabrios. So most likely its a rep


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                        #12
                        Originally posted by E30_Pare View Post
                        Theres less than 20 real factory m3 cabrios. So most likely its a rep
                        no there are "M3 Convertible 05/88-06/91 786"

                        so about 766 more than you are guessing
                        Much wow
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                          #13
                          Here's a picture of mine currently with the vinyl on.. I think it would look much better body color. I have experience with fiberglassing surfboards so I believe I could take this task
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                          Last edited by newman8r; 02-11-2014, 03:20 PM.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by E30_Pare View Post
                            Theres less than 20 real factory m3 cabrios. So most likely its a rep


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                            1991 318is Black/Black - Slicktop - Project s52
                            1989 Alpine White/Black M3 S52
                            1988 Henna/Pearl M3 <3

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Cabriolet View Post
                              no there are "M3 Convertible05/88-06/91786"



                              so about 766 more than you are guessing

                              This.
                              Here's another with a Weismann hardtop.

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