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    I need to do a small bit of tidying up a couple of little patches of bubble rust on my 1996 318ti. Any advice? Is there any point in going to a main BMW dealer to get the paint or am I just gonna get ripped off for something I could get cheaper elsewhere? Also, anyone have any opinions on what filler to best use?
     
     

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    If they're just small areas you may be able to get away with just doing that area.

    I once had a fiesta, I peeled the badge off of the bootlid and it took some of the paint off. I used a company called Chips Away to re-paint the area and they did a great job.

    Look for company's that specialise in SMART repairs in your area.

    I personally would stay away from the dealers. Worst case scenario would be to find a reputable paint shop and take your car there.

    In my area alot of the dealers send their paint work to local spray shops rather than do the work in-house.
     
     

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    Definitely a no on the main dealer, A insurance approved body shop is usually a good call or ask some friends for recommendations.
    Isopon filler is widely used in body shops
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    If they're just small areas you may be able to get away with just doing that area.

    I personally would stay away from the dealers. Worst case scenario would be to find a reputable paint shop and take your car there.

    In my area alot of the dealers send their paint work to local spray shops rather than do the work in-house.
    I actually have a guy who I know who I've used for 10 years. I took it to him the day I got the car on the road, and he said he could do it, but couldn't guarantee it, and said if I was paying for it out of my own pocket (I'm actually awaiting a possible insurance payout), he thought I'd maybe just be better doing it myself and keeping monitoring it. If I get the insurance thing in my favour, I'll probably just take it to him though, his work is excellent.

    If I don't though, where would I get matching paint?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Definitely a no on the main dealer, an insurance approved body shop is usually a good call or ask some friends for recommendations.
    Isopon filler is widely used in body shops
    Isopon, cool, can you just buy that in auto shops, I assume?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post
    Isopon, cool, can you just buy that in auto shops, I assume?
    Yes
     
     

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    Finally got round to doing the touch-up work. However, I've only done the filling, sanding and painting. I need to blend it now. I believe there's several varieties of T-Cut available, which would be the best one to use for this purpose? If it makes any difference, the car is metallic Alaska Blue.
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    I assume you've primered, painted the metallic base, and laquered?

    If you find a way to blend the lacquer in well without having to lacquer the whole panel let me know cos to my knowledge is doesnt happen!
     
     

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