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      03-31-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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BMW Touch-up paint

I got stuck into cleaning the car over the weekend (first chance i got in months) and discovered about 10 new stonechips on the bonnet.

When I used my new touch-up paint kit to sort them out I noticed that the paint in the kit was considerably darker than the car's colour. I had given the little bottle a good shake beforehand so it cant have been the mixing. It was so bad that I actually had to use white spirits to remove the newly applied paint - as when it was nearly dry, the filled chips looked worse than in their untreated state. WTF?
I also checked the drivers B pillar paint code to make sure that the car was actually Sparkling Graphite!! I was really starting to wonder what the hell colour the car was.

Has anyone else noticed their touch-up kit being too light/dark?

In the end I had to mix a little Silver Grey (kit from my old car) into the Sparkling Graphite to make it the same colour as the car - and thankfully the end result turned out well.

I then finished the day off with giving her a quick coat of wax.

Anyway - some pics.
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      03-31-2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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Car looks beautiful mate. I have a couple of stone chips too, but even with good colour matching I always think touched up chips look terrible.

Rather like picking a scab - it always looks worse afterwards!

I prefer to leave them untreated. If it really annoys me I'll use chipsaway.
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Car looks beautiful mate. I have a couple of stone chips too, but even with good colour matching I always think touched up chips look terrible.

Rather like picking a scab - it always looks worse afterwards!

I prefer to leave them untreated. If it really annoys me I'll use chipsaway.
Thanks threethirty.
I have to agree with you on the scab analogy - - but I always try to fill in stonechips as quickly as possible so that they dont rust.

I will probably wait until I get a few more and then use some sort of smart repair service to do it properly.
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      03-31-2008, 02:34 PM   #4
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In the 1st photo, the 'shine' is 'awesome'
Have you spoken to the dealer/BMW about the apparent paint difference ?
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I bought a Le Mans blue touch up from the dealer, the match wasn't that good, then to be fair pearl paint from a touch up is never going to catch the light the same as when it's sparyed on, I use a cocktail stick to apply mine over three coats.

Oh and your car looks great, it's a credit to you.
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Great car 330cd. It looks stunning!

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I had a local "chip filler" come out to fix some of the stone chips on my bonnet and he was telling me BMW's paint isn't particularly accurate. He looked up the reference for my Le Mans blue and using his laptop mixed me a bottle to keep - his job was fantastic and the bottle I have is almost spot on.

Unfortunately it's very difficult (if not impossible) to completely get rid of stone chips because it's not possible to replace the clearcoat where the chip is.
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Bodyshop Issue - Powdery Coating?

Guys,

I have had my car into a bodyshop - some twat openend a door into mine and put a dent / scuff right on the door crease at work and didn't own up. Anyway work have been kind enough to foot the bill so I got it booked in at bodyshop work useand got a few other scratches done too.

After picking the car up I have noticed a very fine powdery grainy coating on the windscreen almost like flour - you can here it roughing the wiper blades. I took may car to a jet wash and tried to shift the coating but it's still there although not as bad.

I am concerned it's going to effect the paintwork as I can feel it on the bonnet too. I does come off with a bit of elbow grease but think it's in the wax.

Any ideas what it is and how I will get rid of it without scratching the paintwork.

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Guys,

I have had my car into a bodyshop - some twat openend a door into mine and put a dent / scuff right on the door crease at work and didn't own up. Anyway work have been kind enough to foot the bill so I got it booked in at bodyshop work useand got a few other scratches done too.

After picking the car up I have noticed a very fine powdery grainy coating on the windscreen almost like flour - you can here it roughing the wiper blades. I took may car to a jet wash and tried to shift the coating but it's still there although not as bad.

I am concerned it's going to effect the paintwork as I can feel it on the bonnet too. I does come off with a bit of elbow grease but think it's in the wax.

Any ideas what it is and how I will get rid of it without scratching the paintwork.

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Detailing clay should take care of it for you - both paint windows...
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      04-02-2008, 09:44 AM   #10
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Cheers I335

Will give it a go this weekend when I wash the car

I have rang the bodyshops and they offered to remove the overspray but I fear they will use thinners or chemicals to remove it quickly.
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