E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Car Care & Detailing

Car Care & Detailing
Get detailing answers and tips here

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-14-2002, 08:50 PM   #1
JordanSGM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: So.Cal.
Posts: 28
My Ride: 2K1 325i
Send a message via MSN to JordanSGM
Question Buffing out scratches

Aloha Everyone:
My Steel Gray Metalic 2001 325i got keyed in the parking lot. Fortunately, it did not get down to the metal. Can anyone suggest any kind of chemical/compound/substance that I can use to buff it out? I tried a light polishing compound on part of it, but it just jacked up the rest of my paint with swirl marks and did not buff out the key mark. Any suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Thanks
********
:sad:
JordanSGM is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 06-14-2002, 11:05 PM   #2
chrisbbb
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Plano
Posts: 383
My Ride: 99 328I
Send a message via ICQ to chrisbbb Send a message via AIM to chrisbbb
This might work but it all depends on how deep the scratch is. You will need a high/variable speed polisher. If you have no idea how to use one then DONT do it. The key to using this is to keep it "wet" and moving. More or less is what you are doing is heating the paint up to where the scracth actually hides itself. The problem is if you heat it up to much you will burn the paint. If you decide to do this make sure you do your homework and know what you are doing. I stress the fact YOU CAN REALLY MESS UP YOUR PAINT IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
chrisbbb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2002, 01:39 AM   #3
Bimmer4Life
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 146
My Ride: 2000 BMW 328i Sport
You're best bet is to take it to a reputable body shop so that they can acess (not sure if that's a word) the damage before you make it even worse.

To make it as good as new, you will probably have to respray the affected panels. If I caught someone doing that to my car, I would probably pull out my 40 and shoot that Mofo!
Bimmer4Life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2002, 09:28 AM   #4
deputydog95
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 256
My Ride: 2001 BMW 330ci
If you can feel the scratch with your

fingernail, they you're out of gas. Can't buff it. It's through the clear coat. Probably going to have to have paint work done.
deputydog95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2002, 10:23 AM   #5
JordanSGM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: So.Cal.
Posts: 28
My Ride: 2K1 325i
Send a message via MSN to JordanSGM
buffing out scratches

Thanks for your condolences and your input guys. I guess the scratch isn't too deep cuz I can't really feel it with my fingertip, but it's deep enough so that I can't buff it out myself. Guess I'll have to try the body shop. If I find something else that works, I'll post it here. If I ever catch the mo-fo.....
Thanks again,
********
JordanSGM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use