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      06-22-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Bad scratch, front bumper :cry:

Hello guys, I don't frequent this side of the forum often, but today.... I must.

I slowly went down a decline and look what happened!

Ok, so now for the fix, I've heard of wet sanding + touch up paint.

I've gone and bought the paint which consists of the base coat + the gloss.

How should I go about doing this?? =/
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      06-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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dude if you never detailed or wet sanded DO NOT TRY IT!!! I'm a sub par detailer myself and i fucked up my hood from wet sanding, its not as easy as the pros make it seem to be. And besides that looks like a job for a body shop not something you can do in your garage.
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      06-22-2009, 07:17 PM   #3
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Ouch, that sucks.

That's way too big of an area for touch-up paint to fix. Some PDR (paintless dent repair) places do wetsanding too, I would recommend starting there. I brought a family friend's new 535 to a PDR place I know well and they worked magic on it - literally two weeks old and a rouge shopping cart slammed into the side door, scratching it up. They wet sanded and it really looks great now. Far less aggravation than dealing with a body shop and insurance. For damage like yours, this might be just what you need (since it's in a pretty hidden place to begin with).
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I've done the exact thing.. Its on the bottom so its not noticeable until you're at a low angle. If your nail catches when you go over it then its way too deep to repair with conventional methods.
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got it, should I just get a lip and call it a day? what are we looking at in terms of repair estimates? anything close to $300 and i'm getting a lip
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that is NOT fixable WITH OUT a PRO , talked to detailed image on which direction to start in
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How about some splitters?..... that would cover it up.
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How about some splitters?..... that would cover it up.
lol I'll go oem bro
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aero lip...
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got it, should I just get a lip and call it a day? what are we looking at in terms of repair estimates? anything close to $300 and i'm getting a lip
Easily $300.I had a small knick on the door that cost me over $200. I try to avoid the areas with steep entries. I just take the wife's car.
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dude if you never detailed or wet sanded DO NOT TRY IT!!! I'm a sub par detailer myself and i fucked up my hood from wet sanding, its not as easy as the pros make it seem to be. And besides that looks like a job for a body shop not something you can do in your garage.
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Buy a lip or splitters. To fix this you're talking about sanding, filler, priming, spraying basecoat, clearcoat, etc. After all is said and done you'll have nearly spent what a painted lip or spilters cost, and even more if u factor in time spent.
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If you did that on your stock bumper, it will happen to the aero lip...
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time for a front lip!
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Had the exact same problem with my front bumper except the scratches extended all the way across. Had it repaired to like new condition for $150 in Escondido, CA (northern burbs of San Diego). It was a great deal considering that other body shops quoted me anywhere from $300-$650.
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