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Old 08-22-2012, 09:39 AM   #21
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Y not just take it to your local bmw collision center & ask them how much to get those chips/dents/scratch out? .... a Estimate?


your car probably look good for next 3/5 years..... with $600 investment "Don't do mods for 6 months lol ??? which is a lot better then looking at new car paint & yours. Be like: Damm my car paint sux.... well true, 10 years ....

which is exactly what im going to do soon, after so many uncomfortable spots on my doors / hood when looking at it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:43 PM   #22
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I work at a body shop and most of the time touch up paint looks like doo doo. If it's only the hood and bumper that are all chipped get those 2 fully repainted. On my e46 m3 the fenders and the qtrs both have a million chips as well as the hood, I just painted the front bumper because the previous owner kept hitting parking blocks in the parking space. But for me I have a scratch on each door and acid from prev owner on 1 qtr. I am just going to repaint the whole car. If u just want to get rid of the rust color just put touch up paint over it until u have enough time/ money to repaint it. Painting just the hood will make the fenders look slot older. You can have the car detailed after it's painted but that new paint look won't last more than a couple months. My advice is just wait till u have enough money and repaint the whole car.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #23
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I LOL with the syringes they sell to replace chips and all that. It takes like 1 hour to fix 3 chips that will come back the next day. Just repaint it, and add some filler in the front for reinforcement
Dr. Color Chip works better than the factory stuff- I have both. And adding filler to your car is something to be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary. Add it for reinforcement?! What in the hell?!

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I tried drcolorchip. Meh.

There are threads on it here...sorry...it's not quite so good.
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Peyton, I tried it, followed directions, and got horrible results.

If I left it on too short a time it wiped off. Too long a time, it wouldn't come off easily from where I didn't want it.

Please, if you recall...how did you apply it? I've still got mine sitting around from 5 years ago...I'd give it a shot again based on your endorsement!
You didn't do it right. Try again. It does take some elbow grease to do it right. For road rash and small chips wipe it off sooner- bigger chips wipe it off later. Do not apply much pressure with the Sealact solution or it'll pull the paint out of the chip. If you're having a hard time use more solution.

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People on this site have a very strong conviction about "doing things right the first time" and not "cutting corners" when it comes to the upkeep and maintenance of their cars.

It shocks me that this many people are willing to take a cheap way out when it comes to their paint job.
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Touch up paint is fine if there isn't already rust forming like in the OP's picture. You can touch that up all you want but the fact is the rust will spread.


And to paint the hood will not cost $1500.
If the rusty chips are just on the surface and have not started to travel under the paint (aka no bubbles) then the method I mentioned will work. $1500 would get you a decent front end respray. Less? More than likely not so good.

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:23 PM   #24
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Yes, something like trucks have. That stone coat. Take it to the shop and tell them to stone coat the front of the hood and then paint over it. WIN.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #25
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Based on getting my hood repainted twice for the same reason, $200 to$400 sounds right for a excellent job. Perfect match.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:56 AM   #26
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Based on getting my hood repainted twice for the same reason, $200 to$400 sounds right for a excellent job. Perfect match.
Yeah I still don't agree with $1500 as an average cost for front end re-spray.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:00 AM   #27
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Yes, something like trucks have. That stone coat. Take it to the shop and tell them to stone coat the front of the hood and then paint over it. WIN.
He should just take it to Maaco for an ice cream paint job.

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Based on getting my hood repainted twice for the same reason, $200 to$400 sounds right for a excellent job. Perfect match.
Well if you had it re-painted twice for rusty chips it probably wasn't such a great job. Paint quality is not just how the paint matches but also how it holds up. Or is there something I don't know?
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:05 AM   #28
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Well if you had it re-painted twice for rusty chips it probably wasn't such a great job. Paint quality is not just how the paint matches but also how it holds up. Or is there something I don't know?
I'd be interested to see how far apart those paint jobs were.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:15 PM   #29
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Seriously...just take it to get resprayed if yours was as bad as mine was
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #30
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He should just take it to Maaco for an ice cream paint job.
Stop trolling you god damn ZHP Fiend
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:53 PM   #31
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If the rusty chips are just on the surface and have not started to travel under the paint (aka no bubbles) then the method I mentioned will work. $1500 would get you a decent front end respray. Less? More than likely not so good.
That is just like saying your paint is rusted. Fix it before it gets to the metal. Wrong man
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:35 PM   #32
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You didn't do it right. Try again. It does take some elbow grease to do it right. For road rash and small chips wipe it off sooner- bigger chips wipe it off later. Do not apply much pressure with the Sealact solution or it'll pull the paint out of the chip. If you're having a hard time use more solution.
Did the DrColorchip thing on my car this spring. Looked VERY good.
Then we went on a road trip. Stayed fine for 2 days, but, after a week, it looked pretty much as it did before the "repair".

Maybe, if the Drcolorchip repair was done, then the clear bra applied...
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