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Old 05-27-2007, 10:19 PM
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Mein Auto: 330i Performance Package
After 3 years and 38k miles, I finally jumped in and tried this out on perhaps 20 or so tiny rock chips on my Imola Red ZHP. Most of them were on the hood and about 3 were on the sides of the car.

This process works very well. I will however tell you that I had a few 'problems' and will give perhaps a suggestion or two, but I'll let the experts chime in who have tried it and let them vote on it.

First off, the factory touch up paint I had was a little 'thick', so the paint turned out to be tiny little globs on top of the rock chips. I would suggest using a smidgen of thinner so that the paint flows into the chip. The pencil eraser is a good idea, but a pain to work. No real suggestion here, but I guess the main thing is to work in a small area.

I used 1500 and then 2000 wet/dry sandpaper. I wound up with little uneven parts in the paint where the paint was sanded down in the area around the glob. See the issue above which might help this. The repairs look a little like an old scar when you look at the paint from the side-you can see little round dimple-but you have to look really, really close.

I was using a wool pad and then a yellow compounding pad and Menzerna's Intensive Polish and it took me quite a bit to get rid of the scratches. I would go another round on a lighter sandpaper so that you'd spend let time with the porter cable. Perhaps 3000 grit. Also, with each successive grit, I would work further and further outwards to make a nice even sanding job. (See above).

I'd be curious to see what others experience is with this.

I just finished my car-Washed, clayed and then did the paint repair. Compounded the whole car with Menzerna Intensive Polish and then used the Menzerna Final Polish with the white pad. Final touch was the Menzerna FMJ with the red pad. I really dig the FMJ. VERY easy to apply and buff off. It took me less than 30 minutes to do the whole car. A little really goes a long way.

Tomorrow morning I start on the trim bits, wheels, then the interior. I guess this is the way I spend my 3 day weekends...

I did try to take some photos, but, nothing really shows the process better than what is already documented. Maybe tomorrow morning it will show up better in the sunlight.

Imola Red 2004 330i ZHP, Sunroof, Cold Weather Pkg, Assist, Navi & Leather. Upgrades: Front & Side Clear Lens, Clutch Stop & CDV Delete. 10.2006-Differential Swap to 3.46! 12.2006 - UUC SSK, DSSR and Tranny Mounts (Red).
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