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I did a search on this but didn't really find what I was looking for so here it goes. My car has a couple of dings that are into the primer on the body (1 on the hood and 1 on the driver's side door). Has anyone used the BMW touch up paint kit and care to share their experiences? What can you tell me about using this stuff and does it do a decent job covering up the dinged/scratched area?

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I've used the BMW touch-up paint on my silver-gray ZHP, and it didn't quite match. It was a bit light, compared to the base color. If you use the BMW paint, be sure and shake the snot out of it, to make sure it mixes properly.
 

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I used it on some rock chips on the front of the car. It was the Black paint and it turned out pretty good. Some spots needed to applications since the paint shrunk in the chip a bit but overall it was pretty easy.

using the end of a match (not the end you light) is a good way to apply the paint in small spots.
 

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i bought the oem jet black/clear coat touchup kit for some rock chips on the hood. keep getting cold feet. is a match really the best way to apply the paint ? is there a known thinner for this paint ? thanks in advance for any help.
 

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i bought the oem jet black/clear coat touchup kit for some rock chips on the hood. keep getting cold feet. is a match really the best way to apply the paint ? is there a known thinner for this paint ? thanks in advance for any help.
Don't know if the match is the best but i got the tip from a friend that owns a detail shop and it worked pretty great for me.

Don't know of a thinner, didn't need it.
 

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I have the silver grey metallic paint and got the BMW touch paint...NOT EVEN CLOSE!! It is off by numerous shades. Looks more like titanium silver than grey:mad:

I went to LORDCO Auto parts (Canada) and, using my BMW code, they mixed up 2 ounces for me for $10. Very close.

Don't ask me how they can match the BMW paint and BMW can't. It may not be as much of an issue for black or white.
 

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I have the silver grey metallic paint and got the BMW touch paint...NOT EVEN CLOSE!! It is off by numerous shades. Looks more like titanium silver than grey:mad:

I went to LORDCO Auto parts (Canada) and, using my BMW code, they mixed up 2 ounces for me for $10. Very close.

Don't ask me how they can match the BMW paint and BMW can't. It may not be as much of an issue for black or white.
What is the color code that's on the bottle?

If it's 354 you got the wrong thing
 

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What is the color code that's on the bottle?

If it's 354 you got the wrong thing
I got the same touch-up paint from the BMW dealer, and it says "A08 silver grey", which is exactly the color of ZHP I have. As was mentioned above, it's not even close. But, it's also not quite the titanium silver either. And, it doesn't match the silver color of the factory wheels, either. I'm not sure what it's for... :dunno:
 

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What is the color code that's on the bottle?
Says "A08 Silbergrau Met." It also has the year 2004 stamped on it. The same name, number and year as my car. BMW also used my serial number to check out the right paint. Not even close.

Lordco mixed their paint based on the A08 paint code and it matches. I have no idea how this happened unless BMW switched paints partway through the model year:dunno:
 

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I just used the cheap black paint pen from autozone. It actually matches really well and included a ball-point paint applicator that makes it a snap to paint in the small rock chips up front. It's not so much the paint as the application to make sure it's only inside the chipped area.
 

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I've used the BMW touch-up paint on my silver-gray ZHP, and it didn't quite match. It was a bit light, compared to the base color.
I have the silver grey metallic paint and got the BMW touch paint...NOT EVEN CLOSE!!
Same observation here. I bought the A08 touch up paint from the BMW dealer and it is lighter then the original color. My car also looks like it had been touched up before, with a paint pen. The paint pen color looks a tiny bit darker than the original color, but it's much better then the touch up paint color and it hides the rock chips well... I know they sell the paint pens at bimmertools.com, but they call their A08 "Sterling Silver"... :confused:
 

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Don't forget that in our 'young' cars, (some 'younger' than others), Sun's been aging the paint for awhile, so don't expect factory-fresh, exact-spec paint blend to be the same color. And some colors have a bigger 'color shift' than others (to avoid using the verboten word "fade").

BTW, does anyone know what kind of compatible thinner to use on the BMW kit? Mine must have lain on the seller's shelf too long, cause it is way too thick to use properly. :(
 

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i used it for my ascot green e36, looked like turd before...and it still does. The clearcoat is nearly impossible top use, its so stringy.
 
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I know they sell the paint pens at bimmertools.com, but they call their A08 "Sterling Silver"... :confused:
Sorry for the confusion there - the paint code is the key. The color name comes from the manufacturer, who supplies the paint (presumably) to a variety of manufacturers. I can change the name on the site to avoid confusion - what do you know it as for your E46?

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Sorry for the confusion there - the paint code is the key. The color name comes from the manufacturer, who supplies the paint (presumably) to a variety of manufacturers. I can change the name on the site to avoid confusion - what do you know it as for your E46?

Ken
I have the A08 code on my e46 and it refers to Silver grey metallic written on the car as "silbergrau met." in German.
 

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Depends on the process. They are really a touch-up product primarily designed for chips. We carry a glossy clear coat pen to go with the factory-matched colors. I have personally not used it.

If you have paint repair experience, or are very meticulous about filling in chips, the glossy clear would be a nice finishing touch. However, without really taking your time, the clear may accentuate the edges of the chip if the base paint is too thick or uneven.

The good part about our clear coat is really the pen applicator. All the pens have a very sharp, fine tip for pretty precise application. We also include a free spare tip with the pens. This really comes in handy if you need to use the pen after letting it sit for a while between uses.

Ken
 
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