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Old 06-26-2013, 08:37 AM
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Light touch up for bumper scratches

Well, this happened to my parked car... so I'm going to blame it on bad luck! Anyway, I came back to the car to see this! Very light scratches on the front left of the bumper that's visible from 18" (not from farther away).

Any thoughts on the best way to "fix" it? Any off the shelf products? Any "home remedies"?

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:02 PM
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I had the scratches, although not as bad as yours, 3 months after I got the car. Not our fault, just not our day! Got the touch up paint from BMW for around USD24 equivalent (or you can buy from other sources). It's not a perfect job but at least the scratches are not as visible. If you want a perfect job...then you'll need a professional job.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:04 PM
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I had the scratches, although not as bad as yours, 3 months after I got the car. Not our fault, just not our day! Got the touch up paint from BMW for around USD24 equivalent (or you can buy from other sources). It's not a perfect job but at least the scratches are not as visible. If you want a perfect job...then you'll need a professional job.
Thanks. Where does one get the touch-up paint? From the dealership? Third parties? Online?
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you should be able to get it from your dealer.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:46 PM
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Sorry to see that. Maybe wait and get it professionally done.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:03 PM
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You may just want to bite the bullet and get it painted because you'll always be looking at it; could drive you insane.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:09 PM
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that's why I try to always install the clear 3M bras. I had a 2ft section of steel belted 18 wheeler tire tread hit the front end once and the paint underneath the 3M was undamaged. I swear by the stuff. the section of 3M product when removed had a huge imprint of the tire tread!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:15 PM
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Anyone have a sense of what kind of $$$ we are talking about for a "professional job" here?
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:42 PM
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If the gouges aren't too deep, Dr Color chip should do the trick. Might not be perfect, but it'll pass the eye test from a few feet away at the very least... worth a try for $50.
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Doesn't the comprehensive coverage of auto insurance cover things like this?
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Anyone have a sense of what kind of $$$ we are talking about for a "professional job" here?
Go to a few quality shops and get some estimates. Just a rough guess...$200-$500
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A BMW-recommended bodyshop estimate and a friend's bodyshop estimate were both $700 after our Alpine White bumper was "kissed" leaving black gouges. Why? Disconnect all wiring in bumper, remove all lamps, fixtures, trim & wiring, strip, prep, prime, paint entire bumper, reinstall everything.
We did it ourselves using the BMW touch-up mini rattle cans w/brushes. Looks good and we won't go nuts if it's "kissed" again soon.
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Looking at pics of the scratches on your car, I personally will go with the DIY job using touch-up paint from BMW or whatever is out there such as those I have posted or Dr. Color Chip. Not perfect but reduce the ugly marks to acceptable. To get a professional work done is very very expensive and bumpers, being bumpers, are likely to get scratched every now and again. When more scratches appear down the line some years later or if some unfortunate accident occur at the bumper area, then you can consider a professional repair. That's the experience with my previous Lexus that I owned for 6 years. Wasted money on a professional finish only to see scratches & stone chips again 3 months down the line, front bumper that is! Lexus even did DIY for free whenever they see any obvious ugly scratches or paint chip at inspection during routine car service...really nice of them. Not perfect but good enough if you look say from 4-6 feet distance. The next 2 professional work on the bumper was due to a front collision. You are hearing from one fussy owner who pays attention to car details. FYI, I just had some minor squeaky noise fixed on the front door of my new X3 and my wife said I was crazy and too sensitive. It's on another thread.
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I find the dr colorchip paint to be soft. The bmw touch-up clear coat will dissolve dr colorchip paint.


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