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      01-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Paint misMatch inside tailgate

Was clearing out the boot today, and don't know why I have not noticed before, but the inside of the hatch area in not the same as the exterior paint, like a non metallic finish, def not the same as the exterior which is Estoril Blue.

Also under the bonnet is the same, is this correct or a fault.
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      01-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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      01-27-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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Will get some pics tomorrow as the light was fading, it's like the inside is Blue but rough and non metallic. cant understand why they would not finish it the same as the outside.
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Was clearing out the boot today, and don't know why I have not noticed before, but the inside of the hatch area in not the same as the exterior paint, like a non metallic finish, def not the same as the exterior which is Estoril Blue.

Also under the bonnet is the same, is this correct or a fault.
This is normal.
They actually use a solid basecoat with no clear in the engine bay, boot and similar places. Coloured primer as it is also known I think.
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      01-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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Was clearing out the boot today, and don't know why I have not noticed before, but the inside of the hatch area in not the same as the exterior paint, like a non metallic finish, def not the same as the exterior which is Estoril Blue.

Also under the bonnet is the same, is this correct or a fault.
It's normal, these sections are painted only with primer or basecoat to save material/money.
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      01-28-2013, 05:44 AM   #6
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It's normal, these sections are painted only with primer or basecoat to save material/money.
Thanks for confirming, this really lets a brand like BMW down, yeah you cant see it from the outside but for the cost of the car these type of cut backs in my eyes think is the brand any better then it's rivals. My last car a Vaux Astra sport hatch, 3 years of trouble free driving which I covered 126k. They was no primer in the bonnet or hatch area was the same as the exterior. Quality and drive I really find it hard to say the BM is better.
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      01-28-2013, 07:22 AM   #7
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The only difference is that the exterior paint has the clear coat on it.

The quality of the paint and how it is applied by BMW is at a premium level to the paint processes used on a ASTRA by OPAL. A shinny paint job means nothing.

It is not BMW saving money on a paint job.
Like all BMWs now built in Germany, the entire body of the 1er is submurged and rotated through several tanks using electrolysis and chemical reactions
This process neutralises, seals, protects and primes all the surfaces including the inner frame and cavities before it is painted, so there is no reason to clear coat those internal panels as they are not constantly effected by sunlight and the enviroment. Yes it probably saves a few euros in coatings and time, however I am sure that the process of the dipping is far more costly.
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      01-28-2013, 07:45 AM   #8
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The interior and exterior painting are usually done by different robots with different process equipment. Due to limited working room and proximity to other metal surfaces inside a car, it is not possible to run with the same high voltage charging as you can when painting exterior panels.
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      01-28-2013, 08:44 AM   #9
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There's a difference between cutting back and doing unnecessary work. Different surfaces on different areas go through different processes so they can perform different jobs, there's nothing shocking about that. If anything, I'd imagine painting everything the same would be easier than putting two different treatments on different surfaces - you don't use the same paint on your front door as you put in the hallway do you.
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      01-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #10
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i think a shiny paint job on the underside of the luggage compartment lining would look a bit weird? imagine waxing it...
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