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    I've got two deep scratches on my Z4 - one is a about a centimetre long on the car frame, where the passenger door closes. The other (a couple of millimetres in length) is on the drivers door just beneath the window.

    Do you think I should try and attempt a touch up of either of these scratches with touch up paint or should I leave the car into a bodyshop? If I go to a bodyshop what do you think it might roughly cost?

    I'm going to try and attach some photos of the scratches to give you a better idea of what I'm dealing with.

    These two photos are of the first scratch, which is on the car frame where the passenger door closes.

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    The second two photos are of a fine scratch on the drivers door, the scratch is just beneath the window. It's hard to see (thankfully). It's fine/thin but it's deep (I can feel it under my fingernail).

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    i would suggest neither blemish is an easy repair due to the colour paint...if they really bug you try someone like chipex
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    i would not touch up mate, you will see them even more, have you tried a compound on the lighter marks, it may not remove them but may make them easier on the eye
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    i would suggest neither blemish is an easy repair due to the colour paint...if they really bug you try someone like chipex
    Thanks for advice. I might try chipex. Have you used it?
     
     

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    i havent tbh...but another of the mods on here has and got good results iirc
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    i havent tbh...but another of the mods on here has and got good results iirc
    on lower panels i may add
     
     

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    depends if its a pro touch up method ive seen some rather impressive metallic touch ups but its time consuming and boring work with no sign of any sort of brush its all done with cocktail type sticks and buds and flatting it back with uber fine wet n dry etc..

    can do it yaself if you have patience and some bravery tho, it aint hard ive wotched my mate do it all be it boring and time consuming after a while..

    shaving the high ridges of paint back with a razor blade on numerous chips and scratches......feck me ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

    rapid curing/drying paint is the secret i think..
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJB328i View Post
    i would not touch up mate, you will see them even more, have you tried a compound on the lighter marks, it may not remove them but may make them easier on the eye
    Thanks for the advice. Could you recommend a good compound?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z4 Belfast View Post
    Thanks for the advice. Could you recommend a good compound?
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    Have a chat with Mark he is very helpful and will advise on the correct product mate, link to his site

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    First two pics look more like someone has buffed the edges through to me.

    Door scratch not too bad. If any have gone through to metal get something done immediately to stop rust.

    TBH, honest blemishes are better than bad repairs. Many people mix paint matches that look fine in daylight but not a good match in other spectrums, check out how many cars have an odd looking wing or door under orange streetllights.

    Point is unless a really good job I would rather buy a car with an honest blemish that a mis matched wing and wonder if it had had a bump.


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