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Old 08-18-2004, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know where to get touch up paint? From the dealer? Is it expensive? Once i apply it, do i just wax it to get the shine from it?



PS -- its steel grey 330ci 2002
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Old 08-19-2004, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was wondering about this also.

The "touched-up" spot tends to be either concave (paiting over a chipped paint and/or primer) or convex (excess touch-up paint on a small chip/scratch). Should the tiny chip be filled-in with some sort of bondo or something to bring a smoother surface then touched up? Once dry, should excess touch-up paint "bumps" be buffed or polished down with one of those tiny dremel buffers/polishers to make it a smooth surface? Just looking for suggestions if anyone has obtained good results from their touch-up techniques.
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Old 08-19-2004, 07:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i used to do this myself and it always looked like crap. i did:

covex paint (excess).
rubbing with finest sand paper, only over the surface of the excess.
abrasive polish (maguire)
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Old 08-19-2004, 09:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You're better off getting from the dealer and it's expensive. I think I paid $25 for 1oz plus you also get another container that has the clear coat. It's a rip-off but the paint matches perfectly...

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