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      01-31-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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For a big rock chip in my hood, would I take it to <fill in the blank>?

a) a body shop.

b) a detailing shop.

I've got a pretty nasty rock chip in my hood (and before you say clear bra, it's about 3/4 up so it would've missed that anyway) and should probably get touched up. Doesn't look like it made it down to metal, but it's rather large.

I don't really want the whole hood resprayed yet, since I'm bound to end up with a lot more smaller chips in the next few years. I just want this one big one touched up nicely ... better than I could do myself. And my car is black so I'm not messing with Lanka or silly crap like that.

Any idea how much I should expect to pay when I'm calling around for quotes? I usually just leave rock chips and not worry about them, but this one is awful big.
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What do you have against Langka?
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Just seems awful risky; the polish to get the blob of touch up paint to sand down would have to be mighty coarse. Might use it on a light colored car, but on a dark car I can just see the nasty scratches it'd leave behind.
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Hmmmm....

Well, FWIW, my local body shop told me to buy the BMW touch-up paint/clearcoat and stop by and he'd show me a trick on how to do it right.

But my chip is down to the metal.

I think the rule is, if you can catch the chip in your fingernail it can't be buffed out.

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Get Langka and do it yourself. If you follow the directions, you cant do any damage. When done correctly, it is very hard to notice.

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I tried Langka and it made a bad situation worse. What works best for me is to use a toothpick to apply BMW touch up paint into the paint chip.
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i've tried Lankga on my S/Black and it worked very well. i followed it with Ziano to clean and its hard to pick it up.
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