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Old 02-24-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Repair for rear body damage?

Sadly, my 325i was involved in its first accident Friday night. The bumper is falling off, there's a pretty significant dent, and a ton of cracked fiberglass. There is no damage to the fuel tank or any components behind it. How should I go about repairing this other than taking it to the shop? I've never done any body work on a car before but I was thinking putty to fill the dent and getting an epoxy to reattach the bumper.
Thanks for any advice.


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Old 02-24-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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The fact you haven't done 'any' body work before, I wouldn't start on your actual car. But that's just my .02
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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Doesn't appear to be your cars first accident. The green stuff between the metal and white paint is bondo.....and lots of it! Appears between 1/8 and 1/4" thick in most areas. I really wouldn't recommend trying it yourself. That's what insurance is for. It will need a new bumper, have that corner repaired and paint the whole rear body panel and that quarter panel.....not DIY at all unless you've had some experience.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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Looks like that car was hit before if there is fiberglass on the metal. If so it should all come off and the metal should be repaired.

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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This car already has had one bad round of body work... You dont use bondo to fill dents... You need to either Stud weld and pull that out or just replace the 1/4 panel. Once something is twisted and mangled that bad its alot of weld/pull/cut.
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