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Old 09-21-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Touch up paint

Hey guys, got a few rock chips on my front bar, bonnet and front fenders and I'm thinking of doing a little DIY touch up.

Are there any options other than walking into a Stealership and getting ripped off?

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Old 09-21-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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Not sure how keen you are, or how good these are, but came accross these:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...aint/ES131336/
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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I wouldn't do DIY touch ups if you want something that looks half decent. Using "small paintbrushes" and the like will only result in a "bump" raised paint surface, which personally, I would prefer a stone chip. Take it in to a shop and get it done properly and grab a clear bra while you're there!

If it's only for one minor chip that doesn't warrant a large job, then follow something along these lines.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #4
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Take your paint code into any place that does automotive paint and they can mix you spray packs to suit. Doing your font bar is relatively easy but make sure it's off the car cleaned and primed with a plastic primer. You will need to blend the area well if you want a good job so sand back the area around the chip also. Make sure you wet sand after you prime to get an even surface and also after each coat of paint. Allow 12hrs hours in a warm environment for each coat of paint to dry and keep it dust free. When you clear coat make sure the temp is at least 21 degrees to avoid webbing or milking of the clear coat. Wet sand the clear coat after it's cured for a week then poilsh. Painting smaller areas on a car is not difficult if you are patient and careful.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:51 PM   #5
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thanks for the replies guys. looks like I'll just get it professionally done as it looks quite complicated process.

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Old 09-24-2012, 09:04 PM   #6
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There's a little paint pen you can get, search maybe on Bimmerforums? Very cool results.
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