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Old 01-10-2014, 10:29 PM
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Respraying rear bumper

Hey guys!
I'm new to this forum and I see that you all are really helpful to one another. Here is my situation:
I'm planning on touching up my bumper because I have some paint chips on it (someone bumped into me while I was parked and just drove away). Some of the chips are close to the parking sensors. Should I remove the bumper for only a few chips? Is there a way to paint without removing the bumper?

I have a 2013 328i convertible (E93)
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:27 PM
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:20 PM
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Thanks! But what about the parking sensors? Am I am to sand them down and paint them as well?
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If they are undamaged (no chips), were I in your shoes I would carefully mask them off. For one, IIRC there is a narrow trim ring or gasket or something between the sensor face and the bumper. If you paint over that it is going to look painted-over and sloppy; it will be a dead giveaway there was paint work. Second, I don't know how the sensors would react to being sanded and painted. For all I know a few additional microns of paint might screw up the sensitivity or calibration. I would rather have the four little sensor disks not show a perfect match (which would be hard to spot anyway) than have to replace them.

You could also inquire at a local body shop. A decent one will not be secretive about basic touch-up painting tips--they'll know you might be a customer soon if you botch it.
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