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Old 02-29-2004, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys i got a scratch on the top of my sunroof! like 3 inches long 2 inches wide dont know how it got tehre but i want it fixed! I am looking tob uy a touch up kit for my car and its color, were is my paint code in my VIN number, so i can get the kit. Also do you guys know any site on the web that can use my vin number to send me a touch up kit! maybe a couple so i can shop around! And lastly when i get the kit would i just brush the paint on, put 'clear coat over it and it would like fine or do i need to do anything else to make it blend? thanks for the help!

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theres a lot more involved with touch up kits.. It's not as easy as you think, and doesn't really make the appearance of the blemish invisible... I do know that my mechanics manual tells me about the paint code in your vin, but I don't have it right here with me...
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Paint chip repair with touch up kit
He dosnt show results but if you use this tutorial, you wont even notice it.

If its just a small scratch like you got keyed, you can probably just buff it out. This also produces results like the scratch was never there. If you dont see primer undernieth or metal, try this on a bit of the scratch first

Get some polish, Buff the hell out of the scratch (be creaful, read tutorial on that too) Get a glaze, buff where you previously buffed (use a different pad) Now wax it with canubra wax. The scrach will now look like the car was new.... this is, unless the scratch is really deep and down to the primer in which case you oughta either do a really really good touchup job that will take hours, or just get the roof re-painted.

As for paint codes or whatever, sorry, can't help you and im interested as well because I have a paint chip down to the metal that needs to be fixed VERY SOON.
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I dont know how to, but I DO remeber when i signed up for BMW Winner's circle on www.bmwusa.com, after i put in my vin#, it told me my car ingfo and such..

also by paint, in my 89 525i engine bay there is a hardmetal tagged ID of my car car, like Bronzit-beige (beige i know sux )
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If it's that big of a deal to you, then use the search button for Vin decoder, or Vin number and see what comes up.. I know someone started a thread a month ago with a website where you put in your vin and it gives you all the info and some...
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the actual paint code is not part of the vin, its on a sticker by the drivers side door and the name, which is good enough at the dealer, is on a sticker on the driver shock tower.
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I ordered some touch up paint from the dealer, and they told me the paint code was the last 7 digits of my VIN #. That's for a 1995, 325i.
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They lied.

The last 7 digits of the VIN include the following info, but not paint:

Vehicle code
Series
Model
Body type
Catalog model
Production date
Engine
Transmission
Steering
Catalyzer
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the paint codes are often someplace under the hood or inside the door frame... I've actualy found a few sites that can tell your paint code if you just tell it the year. it comes up with the colors and then the codes for the colors. jetblack is 668
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Just had the car painted, so I have some info to add. Paint on the BMW is difficult as there are two layers. There's a base coat (color) and then a clear coat, so it is very difficult to match. To my knowledge, the vin doesn't contain the paint code. On my 94 325i, the paint code is under the hood on the driver's side strut support (aka shock tower). There's a sticker that normally lists the paint name and the paint code. So, for example....

Paint name: BMW-alpinweiB III
Paint code: 300

(BMW paint codes are typically three digits.)
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