BMW 2002 Painting Tips

I highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of getting their BMW 2002 painted and would like to save themselves a lot of money in labor costs to do the following for a quality paint job:

Tips for Painting your BMW 2002

  • Remove interior panels, and take off all upper and lower trim pieces.
  • Remove all upper and lower trim from fenders, hood, quarter panels, trunk lid, and chrome trim around windows.
  • Remove front grille, front and rear bumpers, all reflectors.
  • If your window gaskets are old, remove your 1/4 panel windows & rear window
  • Once at the shop, remove tail lights, license plate assembly, wiper blades, door handles, outside mirrors and front window.

(If you need to replace any parts, be sure to check out our list of BMW parts and parts suppliers)

Doing the above will prevent over-spray and will allow for a quality paint job.

I did this to my 74 2002 when it was repainted three years ago (in original color, Sahara). After repainting, I invested in new upper and lower trim, and window gaskets from Bimmer parts. I put all the parts (except front and rear window gaskets, auto glass shop did that) back on my self and saved a group of money in labor costs.

Take your time to do it right. You have to look at your car for a long time and the extra effort is worth it in the long run.

Please do paint your car in the original color — you won’t regret it.

Talk to local BMW shops, find out who they recommend for quality paint jobs, talk to other BMW owners for recommendations. For a quality paint job, don’t expect to get your car back in a couple of days, allow at least a week. Take your time and do your homework.

Email me and I will give you some recommendations in So Cal where to get your car painted — they are not cheap. Remember if you live in southern California, the weather isn’t a factor to get your car painted in a hurry. Don’t worry to much about the paint now, worry about getting the BMW 2002 mechanical’s in order first.

Author: Gordon

12 Comments

  1. Khaled

    Hello Gordon,
    Thanks for the great tips! I just purchased my 1st 1973 2002. The paint in the car is pretty bad. There are a few rust spots. I am thinking of paiting the car through a body shop but to save money I am planning to remove as much trim as possible and remove the rest using POR-15 and a coat of primer. I live in San jose and have heard pain jobs can run as much as a few ks. Don’t have so much so spare. Do you recommend anyone around here? What tips do you have to remove rust in the body? I live in an apt so would have to do most of the work in my carport 🙂

    Are placed like Maaco any option even if I pick the $700 paint option?

    Any advice is appreciated

  2. Khaled

    Hello Gordon,
    Thanks for the great tips! I just purchased my 1st 1973 2002. The paint in the car is pretty bad. There are a few rust spots. I am thinking of paiting the car through a body shop but to save money I am planning to remove as much trim as possible and remove the rest using POR-15 and a coat of primer. I live in San jose and have heard pain jobs can run as much as a few ks. Don’t have so much so spare. Do you recommend anyone around here? What tips do you have to remove rust in the body? I live in an apt so would have to do most of the work in my carport 🙂

    Are placed like Maaco any option even if I pick the $700 paint option?

    Any advice is appreciated

  3. Jeremy

    I was wondering how much the paint job cost you after subtracting the cost for the labor that you did your self? I need to have my ’76 ’02 painted and really want to do it right, but I do not have much money.

  4. Jeremy

    I was wondering how much the paint job cost you after subtracting the cost for the labor that you did your self? I need to have my ’76 ’02 painted and really want to do it right, but I do not have much money.

  5. Michael

    Hi Janie –

    Yes, “Atlantik” (Blue) was an OEM color for the 1974 BMW 2002.

    Here’s a post where you can review original BMW 2002 paint colors. Just click on the text link for the chart to open in a new window (Atlantik is listed fifth).

  6. Michael

    Hi Janie –

    Yes, “Atlantik” (Blue) was an OEM color for the 1974 BMW 2002.

    Here’s a post where you can review original BMW 2002 paint colors. Just click on the text link for the chart to open in a new window (Atlantik is listed fifth).

  7. Janie

    Does anyone know if “Atlantic BLue” is an oem ’74 02 color? I can see a couple of chips inside the door trim of mine, and the original color appears to match the repaint. Was told the color was Atlantic Blue but don’t know if that’t a bimmer color.Thanks,

  8. Janie

    Does anyone know if “Atlantic BLue” is an oem ’74 02 color? I can see a couple of chips inside the door trim of mine, and the original color appears to match the repaint. Was told the color was Atlantic Blue but don’t know if that’t a bimmer color.Thanks,

  9. Alex

    hi
    i have a 2003, 316ti and i want to repaint the interior trims 2 from the dor handles and one from the shift gear do you know the paint code for that darker silver? i can send u a picture please if u can help me send an email

  10. Alex

    hi
    i have a 2003, 316ti and i want to repaint the interior trims 2 from the dor handles and one from the shift gear do you know the paint code for that darker silver? i can send u a picture please if u can help me send an email

  11. Gordon Weston

    Hi Gordon, my friend wants to paint his 2002 but firstly needs to remove the chrome side trims. How are these connected? Overall at the doors. Does he need to remove the door cards to get at screws?
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Gordon

  12. Gordon Weston

    Hi Gordon, my friend wants to paint his 2002 but firstly needs to remove the chrome side trims. How are these connected? Overall at the doors. Does he need to remove the door cards to get at screws?
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Gordon

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