Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

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yamsel1
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Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by yamsel1 » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 12:11

Hello all.
I am interested to see if anyone has or knows of a Z3 with a clear coat inner body shell. I was under the impression that Z3's left the factory with a matt finish to the engine bay and boot areas. I have a 1999 2.8 auto, which was imported from Japan in 2006, which has a completely lacquered inner body shell. After looking at the engine bay I thought that it might have been repainted and lacquered after an accident repair but after further investigation found that the whole body shell is coated with lacquer.

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by BladeRunner919 » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 12:34

Is the whole shell body-colour? Have a look under the trim in the boot - if it's all body-colour, I'd guess that the whole shell has been repainted.

yamsel1
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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by yamsel1 » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 13:17

Hi. Yes, I have checked the boot floor area ect, they are all lacquered. I have even peeled back the corners of the factory stickers in the engine bay to check. It is all lacquered.

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by mrscalex » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 14:16

Is it possible it's been re-shelled? And the bare shell was painted in a body shop by someone unaware it didn't need to be lacquered?

Just one theory. And possibly not the sort you welcome!
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1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by pingu » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 14:55

mrscalex wrote:Is it possible it's been re-shelled? And the bare shell was painted in a body shop by someone unaware it didn't need to be lacquered?

Just one theory. And possibly not the sort you welcome!
Sounds like you may have a better Z3 than left the factory. I reshelled a car once and I'm pretty certain that its demise wouldn't be due to tin-worm :wink: .
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yamsel1
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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by yamsel1 » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 16:22

Yes, thought that it might have been re-shelled as well but the VIN number, which looks like a factory pressing, matches the build code.
Oh well, it looks good anyway.

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by Del » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 18:05

I have seen comments that it is a characteristic of "individual" coloured BMWs. I assume that if a non-standard colour is used, the shell is removed from the standard paint production line and done "individually" which leads to it being painted all over :shrug

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by mrscalex » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 21:36

What colour is it?

Individual colours tend to have a black engine bay don't they?
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1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

yamsel1
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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by yamsel1 » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 22:51

The car is finished in Arctic Silver and has a very impressive build sheet. LC67211

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by therealdb1 » Sun 05 Jun, 2016 23:00

My "Individual" has body colour engine bay and it appears laquered because it is metallic. I have not checked under carpets inside or in the boot though. Perhaps I should but not at this time of night!
Metallic paint generally looks awful without the clear coat which is probably why the O/P's Arctic Silver car has the laquer.

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by Rafolian » Mon 06 Jun, 2016 08:33

My '98 2.8 is Artik Silver and is not lacquered under the bonnet.

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by roadvoyager1 » Fri 10 Jun, 2016 20:49

My '99 arctic silver does not have any clearcoat in the engine bay, or boot interior. This I believe is totally standard.
If your car is very early production for the Japanese market it could be an ex-motor show display/press launch car. It was not unusual for such cars to be given a non standard (full interior paint) finish and this could explain why the factory stickers are over the clearcoat. If it is you may find some other extras (increased sound deadening, better tuned engine etc) and should have a very well put together car.

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Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Post by yamsel1 » Sat 11 Jun, 2016 17:31

Thank you for your post Roadvoyager1.
That could explain the anomalies with the lacquered bodywork.
The car does have the revised 2.8 duel vanos engine so i suppose it could have been a show car for that year.

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