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Old 06-07-2012, 09:44 PM
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Wood Grain Woes

Had a "friend" leave his mark on the rear wood trim surrounding the rear iDrive with his tungsten ring, it's beyond a surface scratch, in fact it looks more like a chip or deep scratch. Any ideas to repair other than dropping 350+ to replace?
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If it's a dent there is a method of raising the dent using water and a hot iron. Then the surface would be painted to match the grain an appropriate laquer applied. I used to work in an art gallery and we repaired picture frames with delicate finishes like that all the time - however, it takes skill and practice.

Go to a professional or replace the trim.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:53 PM
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+1 I did the same technique to get small dents out of my pool cues and guitar necks.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:33 PM
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Any key words to search out professionals, I'm come from a strong carpentry background but it was fab, not repair. Any key words (I've tried a few) would be appreciated. I'm in the DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia area. Thanks fellas!!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:54 AM
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Find someone that works with marine woods, master woody, or someone that does inlay work. Another would be viola maker.

You want someone with experience.

Just a thought, take a towel and get it wet, microwave it to get it hot and cover the area with the dent, don't burn yourself.
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For $800 you can have your entire wood trim customized with colour and finish of your taste - I almost did piano black a while back.

Ask them what it would cost for your particular concern, I'm sure it's significantly cheaper. Look 'em up fyi http://www.classictrimwtp.com/
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That technique (soldering iron over a damp towel) works fine on thin lacquer finishes; it looks like a fairly thick layer of polyurethane on the trim in our cars. That's thicker and harder than nitrocellulose lacquer or other lacquers- I'd be interested in seeing if it works without damaging the finish.
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Try him an see if you can buy 1 piece http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E65-E66-...item20c54b9c0d
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Pretty busy right now but this upcoming weekend I should have some time to decide if I want to try the DIY approach or seek the other suggested options, I'll keep you guys posted and as always I appreciate it.

EDIT: I will also throw up some pictures which might help you decide if a DIY is feasible.
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