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Old 02-07-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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Paint scratches from a shovel

So the other day my car was completely covered in frozen snow. I was late for work and got a little too aggressive with the snow shovel and just noticed how bad I messed up. The roof has some pretty bad scratches and I don't even know where to begin to get this looking half decent. Would the topaz blue BMW paint touch up w/ clear coat do anything to make this better? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated but I'm not looking for perfection($$$).
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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So the other day my car was completely covered in frozen snow. I was late for work and got a little too aggressive with the snow shovel and just noticed how bad I messed up. The roof has some pretty bad scratches and I don't even know where to begin to get this looking half decent. Would the topaz blue BMW paint touch up w/ clear coat do anything to make this better? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated but I'm not looking for perfection($$$).
You definitely want to get some touch paint on it. Clean it up good and let it dry completely, you can then start touching up with the touch up paint. I would do a few layers of touch up paint and let it dry thoroughly.

Once it is (completely) dry you can try wet sanding and then polishing, but that might be beyond the scope of what you are looking at doing. You can make the process as simple or difficult as you want, depending on the results you are looking for
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:03 PM   #4
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Half decent? Get it sprayed. $500 education about how not to use a snow shovel.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:05 PM   #5
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It will never look normal unless you have it sprayed by a professional.

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:01 PM   #6
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Repaint and after have your whole car polished. It's completely swirled. You'll thank me when you see the results of removing 10+ years off swirls and oxidation.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:53 PM   #7
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Dr chip may get it to 90%. But it will take some skills and 2 hrs.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:49 AM   #8
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This appears to be down to the metal. Please do not try to simply touch this up and expect it to not look like sh!t.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:55 AM   #9
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Sell the BMW and buy a Chevy if you are going to take a snow shovel to it. Chevy's have anti snow shovel additives in their paint.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:12 PM   #10
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get bondo and start working as much as you can to repair the damage. add paint, wetsand off. won't be perfect by any means due to the damage. Also invest in a foam shovel for paint.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:47 AM   #11
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:12 AM   #12
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get bondo and start working as much as you can to repair the damage. add paint, wetsand off. won't be perfect by any means due to the damage. Also invest in a foam shovel for paint.
Bondo, paint, then wet sand??? What help does this provide OP?


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OP: you can use touch up paint with clear added to help prevent rust right away but it's not going to look great . As others have stated, get it resprayed by a pro. The roof will eventually start peeling if you don't.
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