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Old 08-31-2004, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it better to get my car done at a shop or get a can myself?

Some idiot with a white bumper, bumped into my rear bumper in a parking lot against my metallic blue back bumper. Now it looks like a white imprint that won't come out.

How much do you think it'd cost at a shop to get the back bumper painted? (about the size of the license plate.
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try some rubbing compound / paint restorer first to see if it will come off. Metal cleaning wadding is also abbrasive and good for this (Bluebell, Duraglit, etc.).

If no luck you could try sanding it, masking it and spraying it yourself, if you are any good with a spray can. The BMW orignal spray paint and laquer is only about $20, what do you have to lose?

Worst case get a couple of quotes from a bodyshop, but I think you could be looking well into 3 figures..
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Try Rubbing Alcohol on a cottonball!
If its just paint it will come right off.
Don't rub too hard, let the alcohol work!
Good luck!
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Old 09-09-2004, 09:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How bad is the scratch? If it's not that deep then get some 3M rubbing compund and polish it out. You might wanna use one of those machine polishers. Just don't burn off your paint
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