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How to Repaint Your BMW

Whether you’ve purchased a used BMW that needs a little TLC or you just want to change up your color aesthetic a little bit, getting your BMW repainted can be an expensive proposition. If you’ve got some patience, some skill and a bit of elbow grease, you can opt to tackle the project yourself. What do you need to do to repaint your BMW?

Decide On Your Color Scheme

If you’re painting your ride, your first step is going to be deciding on a new color scheme.  If you’re not terribly artistic, it’s generally a good idea to stick to a single solid color to ensure that you’re going to end up with a finished product that you’re proud to drive. If you’re handy with an airbrush, you can add colored trim, decorate, or design your ride to your heart’s content. 

Gather Your Tools

Before you start laying down some paint, you need to make sure you’ve got all your tools on hand.  No one wants to have to take a trip to the hardware store mid-project, especially since that gives dust a chance to settle down on your wet paint, ruining all your hard work. 

You may need extra tools for your particular project, but in general, you’re going to need, at a minimum: 

  • Wet and dry sandpaper
  • An electric sander
  • Masking tape and newspapers or plastic for masking
  • An air compressor
  • A spray gun
  • Paint thinners
  • Personal Protective equipment such as face masks and safety glasses. 

If you can afford it, consider buying or renting a dust extractor.  You won’t need to purchase one if you’re only planning to paint one car, but if you’re going to make this a habit or paint cars for your friends, a dust extractor is worth the investment. 

Be Ready for Prep Work

You’ve got plenty of prep work ahead of you before you start spraying paint. Start by clearing out your area and removing as much dust as possible. If you’re not using a dust extractor, you’ll want to clean a workspace as humanly possible. Second, you’ll want to mask off anything that you don’t want to paint.  This will likely include door handles, window glass, headlights, and everything in between.  if you’re going to paint different colors, mask off the areas that aren’t going to be your base color. 

Finally, before you’re ready to paint, you’ll need to remove the old clear coat and paint. If you try to paint over the existing clear coat, the new paint won’t adhere properly.  This is where your sandpaper and electric sander will come in handy.  You can sand by hand, but it will take you significantly longer. You don’t need super-coarse sandpaper to remove paint.  Automotive paint comes off easily with around a 320-grit sandpaper while leaving the surface smooth and ready for a new primer coat.  

Lay Down Some Color

Now you’re ready to lay down some color. Use your spray gun to lay down a smooth even color, one thin coat at a time. Make sure you’re wearing a mask and eye protection and work in a ventilated area. Ideally, you’ll want to wear a protective suit to keep paint off your skin and clothing, but if you don’t have one available, wear some clothes that you’re not afraid to destroy. 

You’ll need to add a new clear coat as well on top of your paint once it drys.  Make sure you’re waiting for the appropriate amount of time between coats to prevent the paint from sagging or dripping.  The exact amount of time will be indicated on the paint you choose. 

Once it drys, removes the masking and let your painting area air out to get rid of any additional paint fumes. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take 2-3 months for automotive paint to cure.  Just don’t wax your car or add any UV protectants that could prevent the paint from curing. 

Enjoy Your New Ride

Now that your paint is dry and protected, all that’s left for you to do is to enjoy your new ride. Having plenty of preparation and the right tools for the job will make all the difference. 

How to Drive Your BMW in the Winter

During the winter, people have a lot going on. Besides daily commutes to work or school, everyone travels for the holidays and spends more time on the road getting gifts or decorations. It all leads to extra hours in your car, which doesn’t feel like a chore when you drive a BMW.

No matter which BMW model you own, winter weather poses a few challenges. Whether your vehicle is on the road or parked at home, you have to think about how it will withstand the weather.

Learn how to drive your BMW in the winter so you can take care of it on and off the road. With the right tips, your BMW will emerge from the winter weather in peak condition. 

Stay Safe on the Road

The first thing everyone should know about driving in winter is to ease up on the gas pedal. Even on roads where the speed limit allows you to drive at 55 mph or more, you never know when you’ll come across black ice. If you drive across ice at fast speeds, you risk spinning out because your tires won’t have enough traction on the road to stop. Slush can also impede your ability to slow down in an emergency, so take your time and maintain a safe speed.

You should also talk with an auto professional about investing in snow tires. People use traditional tires for all-season driving, but winter versions come with specific seasonal advantages. They’re made with a deeper tread and rough edges so your car has a better grip on the pavement. You’ll make easier turns and slow down faster when you have control over the wheel. You might also think about buying tire chains for extra stability. 

Protect Your Car at Home

Winter weather doesn’t stop when you pull into your driveway. Before you leave your car for the night, pull your windshield wipers up off the glass and spread a towel or two across the windshield. In the morning, you can pull them off and save the time you’d spend scraping ice away.

If you have a garage, you can also think about replacing your garage door with something more insulated. An insulated garage keeps fluctuating temperatures from dropping the air pressure in your tires, which will prevent you from constantly refilling them. Liquids like antifreeze and oil also freeze during the winter when temperatures plummet and make it harder for your car to function when you start it up.

Remember Your Auto Care

You might want to curl up under a blanket when it’s snowing outside, but don’t forget about your BMW auto care. Check your oil and clean your windshield wipers often so your car runs effortlessly. Anyone who lives in daily snow should also remember to head to the car wash at least once a month, if not more frequently. Road salt is extremely corrosive and will damage the bottom of your vehicle and any paint it settles on if you don’t wash it off.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Whenever you head out to your car, run over a quick mental checklist to maintain your BMW. Keep your eyes open for road salt, ice on your windshield and any tire pressure changes. Go to the car wash when you can and get an expert to look over your vehicle if you’re ever unsure about its condition. All of this will help keep you safe during winter driving.

How to Buy a BMW Across the Country

Finding the perfect car can be both a thrilling and complex task. When it comes to rare or vintage BMWs, you’ll enjoy real benefits by broadening your search. Making an effort to shop across the country could be the difference between finding the car you want and never getting it — and it could even save you a boatload in restorative maintenance. 

Don’t book that flight to Albequerque just yet, though. If you’re going to make the journey, you’d better know what you’re doing beforehand. Buying a car across the country takes careful planning.

Find Your Car

When a look at the local listings reveals your choice BMW isn’t within reach, it’s time to expand your search. You can use listing sites to scour the country for just the right vehicle. Take advantage of the filtering features to narrow things down, and make sure the listing includes enough pictures for you to verify the car is intact and as-listed. 

Start a Conversation

Get the seller’s contact information and let them know you’re interested. Confirm the car is still available — and if you have a friend close by, consider asking them to do you a favor and check it out in person. If they report the car looks like a winner, consider finding a local mechanic to perform a pre-purchase inspection (PPI). The seller should be willing to take the car in so long as you cover the cost of the PPI.

Arrange Payment

The internet era has made it much simpler to execute big transactions. However, you’ve still got to make sure the money changes hands securely. You’ll also have to work out the details of how to make the exchange fair so that the owner can’t just take your money and run.

You can use an escrow service, arrange a wire transfer with your bank or use an online service like Paypal. Before you do, though, request a bill of sale that memorializes the agreement between you and the seller.

Take It Home

Congratulations, you’ve bought a BMW! Now it’s time to get it home. You could pack your bags and drive the car cross-country if you’ve got the time. It can make for a fun road trip. However, that might not be the most convenient or fiscally responsible method to take ownership of your new car — especially if you’re still keeping your old vehicle. After all, you can’t drive two cars at once.

Instead, consider buying or renting a trailer to transport your new ride. Car trailers are specifically designed to ensure stability and easy transport of vehicles of all shapes and sizes. If you continually buy vehicles from out-of-state, purchasing a trailer outright is likely the most cost-effective option for your needs. Just make sure the option you choose is large enough to accommodate your new set of wheels — car trailers come with variable I-beam sizes, channel frame constructions and other specifications.

Enjoy Your BMW

With the car delivered safely to your door, you can begin relishing in all the perks of owning a BMW. While it sometimes takes a little bit of extra effort to get just the right car, you can take comfort in knowing it’s exactly the one you wanted. Hard work does pay off!