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My first "door ding" ... SUX!

Old 07-16-2013, 08:30 AM
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It's been 8 months with my 2013 535 xDrive and I've been super careful about parking away from clunkers, trucks, and SUVs. But today I neglected my rule at a doctor's office visit and parked close to the front door so I could help a visually impaired friend get into the office.

Forgetting that ambulances frequently transport people to this office I was unhappy to find that someone had used my car for a door-stop! This chip is (the picture doesn't show scale) about 1/4" across and the paint is gone down to bare metal - but fortunately the metal isn't dented. It's on a back door at the crease 3/4 of the way up the door

I've ordered a DrColorchip kit that I hope can help make this damage less visible. Bummer - the first one always hurts more!
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:18 PM
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urghh i hate that feeling..
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:07 PM
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I just bought a 2011 535i today. It has one ding and 2-3 scratches. Im actually glad so that I wont go insane when I get the "first" one
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You can try the Dr thing...but I've always done mine manually and get a perfect result everytime.

Go to bmw and get the matching color and the clear to go with it. Comes in nice little bottles with the brushes. Paint in the color and let it dry. Come back and build it up with clear and let it dry. It might take several applications to get the clear built up...but you want it to be raised out beyond the paint just slightly so you can sand it down flush. Use a popsicle stick for the wet sanding. Wrap the stick with the sand paper. This ensures you don't get low spots caused by your fingers.

Wet sand it down and then buff it out. Will be back to brand new.

I know wet sanding your beautiful car might seem really scary...but it really isn't. Once you do it once and get over the fear of it....its simple. Nothing to it. People do it all day long at the body shops.

With cars this nice, you "should" have a nice buffing supplies already. If you don't, I recommend a high quality random orbital like a flex. After I wet sand, I hit it with a medium cut pad and some scratch removal compound. Then come back with polish and a polishing pad. Then wax. The polishing takes me no time at all. The most time consuming thing about this entire process is waiting for the paint to dry.

Once you do this one, you will never fear a chip again. Only thing left to fear are true dents...which I hire out. Dent doctor / wizard PDR.

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sorry to hear luigi...hope dr. colorchip works...
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this stuff gets me heated when i see it. sorry to hear that happened. so many fat and entitled "americans" out there blindly fumbling their way through life not giving a damn about how their negligence impacts others. Hope the paint chip repair works out for you.
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Luigi don't use Dr color chip, or you will end up needing emergency surgery! Go to a good shop and get it repaired correctly. If the paint is gone like you say, they can repair it and you will never be able to tell. I imagine they can even keep the repair at or below the crease. If you use ANY kind of touch up paint on that, you will always see it and especially you, will always see it.
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Do what rototerrier says, I work in the collision industry. If the metal is not dented this will work. After the clear is built up, let dry for a day or two. Wet sand with a piece of 1500, then 3000 then buff. If you dont have a buffer use a drill with 3 in backing pad and wool pad. Use extra cut compound. Then use black foam pad with polish compound. Flawless result
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