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  1. 2006 e46 318Ci - Convertible silver, Advice wanted about stone chips 
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    Tried searching but couldnt find what i was after.

    Guys I was washing my car and noticed about 5 MASSIVE stone chips on the bonnet of my e46 convertible. They weren't there before the crap weather and all the potholes and grit appeared on the road and I'm gutted.

    I'm looking for advice as to how to make the car perfect again, I really don't want to DIY it (tried that a few cars ago and it didn't end well!!) So is it a full bonnet respray or are the paint chip repairers actually any good? I'm a bit suspicious of folk who set up in the corner of shopping centre car parks!

    If anybody recomends anybody in Scotland (Glasgow) then I'm all ears.
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    Should I be doing anything in the meantime? I've covered them in collinite polish to try and keep moisture out.
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    Do you fancy having a go yourself first as chipex (vendors on here now) is the best I've found to fix the chips, a bit of patience and it's 95% invisible when done.
     
     

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    chipex is surpiosed to be really good as martyn says,

    have a search on here, a few people have some shots of what they have done,

    The chip people that come to you can be very hit and miss,
    some of them have a lot of experience and are very good at it, some of them not so much experience and not as good.

    a friend at work had his silver merc done at work by some company, and it looked bloody awful, there was a massive argument in the car park and the bloke got anouther bloke to come and have a go, who did fix it up rather well to be fair

    5 mins before this happened i said if this looks ok i might get mine done, no chance now after seeing them perform
     
     

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    I'd rather not try and DIY I'd rather entrust my car to someone who actually knows what he is doing.
    Might thing about a DIY touch up IF I can get a detailer local who will take on a correction and buff of the bonnet to blend the repaired chips.

    Anybody recommend a detailer in or around the Glasgow area??
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    Chips Away, have a local guy in Glasgow or Clydebank area. You will get it if you Google. Havent tried them though.

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    Ok guys Afcneal makes a valid point I can't feck it up that badly that will mean any more of a repair than it needs now........so

    Do you think it's better to go with Chipex or paint4u or Main Stealer stonechip touch up paint? Planning to take my time and build up the coats to make it level with the original paint.
    And if the consensus is Chipex is the bimmerForum discount still available??
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    ChipEx. It's a great place to start, done properly and they will be 95% gone. Cheaper option too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn D. View Post
    Do you fancy having a go yourself first as chipex (vendors on here now) is the best I've found to fix the chips, a bit of patience and it's 95% invisible when done.
    Reminds me I need to get hold of some at some point...
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