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Old 07-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Removing paint from the bumper

Any recommendations for removing white paint from the front bumper of a blue E46? The PO got too close to another car messed up the bumper. I am planning to replace it with an MTech II bumper, but that won't happen for a few months. I have read a number of pages on the net about how to remove paint. Each one seems different and none appear to have worked well.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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I would wash the entire car and then clay that area. Different methods using clay, polish and even some simple spray waxes can remove paint transfer.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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I have something similar on my car. I'm not sure how it got there because its from the previous owner. Clay bar did not remove it. From what I was told, I'm probably gonna have to use a polishing compound or something that's not as abrasive as a simple compound.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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thinner will clean up any paint transfer, rinse clean, buff with compound and some polish. or pick up a 12 pack and hit your local body shop, should take them less than 5 minutes, always leave detail work to professionals!
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #6
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I got it off...most of it anyway. I tried a clay bar (Zaino Z-18) in that area when I detailed the entire car 2 weeks ago. At the time I was focused on the rest of the car and did not try too hard to fix this. This time after a hell of a lot of elbow grease with soap and water I was able to remove 90% of it. I followed it with the clay bar (which helped a little) and a round of wash/polish/buff. It is not perfect, but it is good enough for now and will stay that way until an MTech II takes its place.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #7
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A white terry cloth towel (nothing dyed) and non chlorinated brake cleaner. Rub gently. Due to how abrasive terry cloth is it will probably mar the surface a little bit so you may need to polish if you scrub.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:29 AM   #8
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My trick is rubbing Auto Magic's No. 40 Multi-Purpose Solvent with a microfiber towel. It removed about half of the scuff on this example. To remove the rest of the ground in paint, I used Auto Magic's No. 77Basecoat/Clearcoat Cleaner with a microfiber towel. Works great for me.
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