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rylak
10-06-2012
I really hate my front plate and didn't want to use bumper plugs (UGLY)... Also, I did not want to just simply fill them and touch it up because there will be an obvious color difference. Therefore, I took a more aggressive approach toward filling them:

I was really expecting 2...
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By rylak on 05-22-2013, 09:22 AM
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i would tape it up alot more when filling and priming. Afterward, I would remove most if not all of the tape and just cover up the hood and grills... but honestly.. I have never done color.. soooo I am a little hesitant on recommending anything... at the end of the day.. get the bumper professionally filled and colored is still the best solution BY FAR.
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By bmwkyle on 05-22-2013, 10:38 AM
Not necessarily, you'd be surprised how some '"so called professional body shops" handle projects like these and charge an arm and leg for the service. It can defiantly be done going the route of the OP with rattle cans and look good. I just don't want it to stick out like a sore thumb (the paint). I am confident in being able to able file the holes, sand and primer (play around with this before on an older vehicle). Im just curious as to how the blend on crimson red will go and if anyone has done it on a darker vehicle. Thanks for the input though.
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By rylak on 05-22-2013, 12:07 PM
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texture wise, you can definitely feel the difference.
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By digitalink on 07-29-2013, 08:59 PM
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texture wise, you can definitely feel the difference.
I'm going to fill and paint my holes this weekend weather permitting. Do you think you could have matched texture better if you did a wet sand with 2000 grit?
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By rylak on 08-08-2013, 10:16 PM
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I'm going to fill and paint my holes this weekend weather permitting. Do you think you could have matched texture better if you did a wet sand with 2000 grit?
it is more of the new vs weather/aged old paint difference. sanding will make it smooth, but i think you will still feel a slight difference.
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By K888888 on 08-18-2013, 09:48 AM
did you use spray can?
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By rylak on 08-18-2013, 10:49 PM
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yes
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By mg4734 on 12-29-2013, 09:48 PM
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So I found out I have 11 holes (Not hallucinating... 11 ) from the previous owner of my car. Might try this out for a weekend project, though two of the screw holes are conjoined. Opinions? Anyone done this on Black Sapphire Metallic? Sorry for bringing up an old post.
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By mg4734 on 02-06-2014, 07:26 PM
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So FYI, this does not work well with any holes that have really warped the bumper outwards, or for more than 4 holes... the areas became too large to blend in for my DIY experience. Paint match with BSM was great, though overall I did a bad job with the clear. Getting my bumper fixed professionally now
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By khalig0ff on 03-04-2014, 12:56 PM
Where do you buy the paint for car's colour? at dealership?
thank you
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By rylak on 03-04-2014, 03:21 PM
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but after doing more research... i am recommend going with urethane paint.
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