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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 06-15-2013, 07:08 PM
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Should I paint?

My 3 series is about 6 months old and I have a couple stone chips on the front hood. I am just not sure if I should repaint the whole hood or just touch them up. I am afraid though with it being a black car the touch up paint will be very noticeable. I would really like to re paint the whole hood and then stone guard the whole front which should help prevent this from happening again. Could you please share your thoughts or experiences?

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:37 PM
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Once you master the technique you can make paint chips disappear with Dr. ColorChip. Just be sure to clean the area to be fixed thoroughly and remove any wax to make sure the paint sticks.

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:49 PM
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Can I get this professionally done. The body shop my dealer uses wants to paint the whole hood and it doesn't sound like they use the product u have made reference too
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Once you master the technique you can make paint chips disappear with Dr. ColorChip. Just be sure to clean the area to be fixed thoroughly and remove any wax to make sure the paint sticks.

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What do you use to strip the wax?

I've read Dawn dish soap or rubbing alcohol, but I thought that I'd ask since it sounds like you've used Dr. Colorchip. I have a box of it sitting in front of me on my desk, but am nervous to try it.
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What do you use to strip the wax?

I've read Dawn dish soap or rubbing alcohol, but I thought that I'd ask since it sounds like you've used Dr. Colorchip. I have a box of it sitting in front of me on my desk, but am nervous to try it.
I use nail polish remover on a q-tip applied just to the chip and then plain water on a cloth to wipe the area down.

I would try the nail polish remover on an inconspicuous area first just to be safe.

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Wow Just searched the internet for dr. colorchip, and that looks amazing! I did not know something like that existed. Great tip!! I booked marked it at autogeeks to order if I need to do something like this.

Certainly looks better / easier than just doing dealer touch up paint.
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When using Dr. ColorChip you need to be patient.

It may take a few applications to fill in the chip but I have been able to make paint chips completely disappear.

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What do you use to strip the wax?
Blue liquid Dawn.
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Thanks for the wax strip tip Guys!
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Awesome recommendation. Was wondering the same.
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I've also used Dr. ColorChip it's a very good product. My only problem is I need to use it again on another spot but I just can't find it in my house!
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:24 AM
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My 3 series is about 6 months old and I have a couple stone chips on the front hood. I am just not sure if I should repaint the whole hood or just touch them up. I am afraid though with it being a black car the touch up paint will be very noticeable. I would really like to re paint the whole hood and then stone guard the whole front which should help prevent this from happening again. Could you please share your thoughts or experiences?

Thank you!
I would NOT even consider painting the entire hood. (If indeed we are talking about a few rock chips and ESPECIALLY if you have Black Sapphire metallic paint.) There is virtually no way to match a factory paint job in exact color, quality, sheen in different types of lighting, etc. I have seen some repair paint jobs look BETTER than factory, but then again, it doesn't match the rest of the surrounding body panels.

Others on this post have recommended just touching up the chips either yourself or having it professionally done. I would agree!
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Wow Just searched the internet for dr. colorchip, and that looks amazing! I did not know something like that existed. Great tip!! I booked marked it at autogeeks to order if I need to do something like this.

Certainly looks better / easier than just doing dealer touch up paint.
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another great find thanks to this forum, ordered right away - I have a few stone chips to remove too!
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Question for the Dr Colorchip folks while we're on the subject. I had an incident with a flying muffler (!) on the highway. It left a deep scratch (gouge might be a better term) on my hood that goes through to the bare metal. It's not a wide gouge - if you imagine a sharp cat's claw scratching ridiculously deep that's about how it looks.

Normally I'd just go get the hood repainted but this is my E46 so it's really not worth it. Complicating things is that the gouge is right in the middle of the clear bra.

Can I leave the clear bra in place and use Dr Colorchip to fill in the gouge a bit? I'm mostly worried about preventing rust, moreso than appearance, so not looking for a perfect touchup.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:24 AM
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Does this product work well on silver metallic cars? I notice that the touch up paint in the past for silver cars does not match the panel too well.
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