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    E46 booked in for rust treatment rather than replacement,

    I had a guy drive into my car recently damaged the front bumper/ plate/ splitters.

    To cut a long story short I decided to treat the wings and get a cheaper job on the bumper with the cash the guy sent me.

    I rang PMW in Chelmsford (a BMW indy) and the recommended a company called Chaseside bodyworks in Great Leighs which is 10 minutes from where I live. I was going to use a worshop I've used before but he's so slow in coming back with a price and I don't think he wants the work.

    I went up there today and the guy showed me some mercedes that they have worked on for rust and said that as mine was only very light bubbling in 3 places on the passenger front arch, only just visible and in one almost invisible place on the drivers side it is treatable by sandblasting the affected areas and inside the arches, waxoiling, painting and applying a similar finish that's found on the rear arches, slightly dimpled finish.

    Cost 400.

    He's going to refinish the area of the bumper that was scratched by the guy driving into mine and replasticise the bumper where it has small surface fractures where the tyre pressured it, paint and refit the plate housing, fit a new grill below the plate as mine has a greyed finish with age? cost 150

    I have to buy the surround, the plate and two new roundels that he will fit for me.

    He also said that if I want replacement wings he has fitted patent parts for an e46 owner who's wings were beyond repair and that the patent bits were a really good fit - which he was suprised about. He said it would cost 650 for new wings and fitting etc. 250 more than the sandblasting treatment which he says is what he recommends for my car.

    I've booked the car in for sandblasting etc in two weeks time - if this is done properly to wings that aren't too bad and by people that do a lot of this kind of work is it a good alternate to wing replacement?

    I'm just a bit hacked off that Lee has bought two good wings for 20 or something and is getting Johnny to fit them that said I only have to put 150 of my own cash towards this.

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    650 for wings seems a bit much, you can get them painted off ebay for like 100-150

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    That sounds massively overpriced to me. Have you spoken to any other places and got quotes for new wings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post
    650 for wings seems a bit much, you can get them painted off ebay for like 100-150
    The patent wings he said he bought for another customer were only about 28 a pop plus prep, painting fitted, blending in the neighbouring panels etc. That's where the real cost is from what I gathered.

    The first place I went to warned me off a bit about the pre-painted ones due to colour matching and being patent wings - though the second place thought the patent ones were okay although we didn't speak about the pre painted ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABM View Post
    That sounds massively overpriced to me. Have you spoken to any other places and got quotes for new wings?
    This was the second place I went to as they were recommended by a BM indy who themselves have a good rep.

    It's a bit of a unknown as despite the fact that e46's rust there are very few threads on the cost to repair/ replace that include prices.

    I'd prefer to keep the wings if possible and cheaper but don't want to overpay or find that the repair is ineffective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrenny1969 View Post
    This was the second place I went to as they were recommended by a BM indy who themselves have a good rep.

    It's a bit of a unknown as despite the fact that e46's rust there are very few threads on the cost to repair/ replace that include prices.

    I'd prefer to keep the wings if possible and cheaper but don't want to overpay or find that the repair is ineffective.
    The way I look at it is, they've lasted ten years, so if you replace them and the replacements last another ten years for a relatively small cost, you're not doing bad. And it's unlikely it'll still be your car in that time, so it won't be down to you to foot the bill of the next replacements. I dunno, that just seems like a hell of a price to pay for a couple of wings.

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    seems a heavy price my mate has a paint and body shop ill run this past him as he is always fair with his customers.

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    E46 booked in for rust treatment rather than replacement,

    Fook me that's expensive, there's a breaker on eBay selling wings off cars he has broken, mint condition for 150 a side, or you could get patent parts for cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3 tim View Post
    seems a heavy price my mate has a paint and body shop ill run this past him as he is always fair with his customers.
    I'd appreciate that - cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_h View Post
    Fook me that's expensive, there's a breaker on eBay selling wings off cars he has broken, mint condition for 150 a side, or you could get patent parts for cheaper.
    But that's the rub isn't it I get 2 wings of the bay and then I have to get the old ones removed new ones painted, fitted and hope the colous match in - the bulk of the cost is the painting/ fitting. Mint wings from a breakers would be a solution if I could find somewhere good local to do it.

    Panther was getting his done I think by a bloke in Southend which isn't too far from me, I've asked him for an update on whether he got his done - I just don't want a hatchet job done on them

    What do people think about sandblasting/ repair rather than new wings?

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