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      12-16-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Ugh - What can I do about this damage?

Just noticed the following damage on my car, at first I thought it was dust or wax residue, but it appears to be small chips. The pic below is on the inside of the side skirt directly behind the front wheel, but this is duplicated behind the wheels on all four corners. My questions are -

a) is there anyway to repair this damage without a full repaint?
b) is this common on M3s? (mine is relatively low mileage)
c) Do you guys normally protect this area? (inner wheel well area as shown)

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Seems like a common spot on the Ms. It all depends how picky you want to be about the repair and how many, if any, chips there are outside that area. Talk to your favorite local body shop to see what they suggest. After the repairs are done you might wanna consider a clear bra to protect those areas in the future.
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      12-16-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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I believe the fender is plastic, so you shouldn't need to worry about rust. No matter what you do to protect you'll have issues as the wheels will always kick up stones and what not.
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probably perfect canidate for touch up paint as you can't see it easily and there are no rust concerns
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Common issue especially if the roads you travel have a lot of gravel on them.

For chips like that you could try the Dr. Colorchip repair kits they are a pretty easy DIY and not expensive.
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For chips like that you could try the Dr. Colorchip repair kits they are a pretty easy DIY and not expensive.
I agree! The DR Colorchip is the best DIY touchup kit out there.
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      12-16-2011, 11:50 PM   #7
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thats what the entire front end of my car as well as the wheel areas and side skirts looks like. its inevitable and the track really helps speed up the process.
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      12-17-2011, 12:03 AM   #8
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Yeah, that is very common. Most everyone has that unless they have a clear bra. Don't worry about it and just enjoy your car!
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If you're worried about this, then you don't wanna look on the underside right at the front of your car.

Don't worry about it, enjoy the car!
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That's good advice.
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Agreed, enjoy your car! Life's too short.

But if it really bothers you than repair it and then clearbra (film).
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Common issue especially if the roads you travel have a lot of gravel on them.

For chips like that you could try the Dr. Colorchip repair kits they are a pretty easy DIY and not expensive.
This ... ^^^ and stay clear of roads with gravel or other types of debris on them like freshly resurfaced asphalt

Another suggestion would be to get the areas lined with clear bra like 3M ... I had the 3M bra on my former M3 on the front bumper and the front section of the hood to protect it from stone ships. The only draw back here is that there will be a slight difference in colour still hardly noticeable to the naked eye.
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Another vote for Dr. Color chip. That stuff is awesome and the color match is spot on. So spot on that I'm going to see about getting a larger quantity of the stuff to have new body parts sprayed with. Even the "best" bodyshop in town couldn't get my new bumper to match 100% perfect after two tries. This stuff is 110%.

I had an unfortunate incident with one of those damn plastic speed bumps with square edges...scraped/gouged about the first 2' of my sideskirt behind the front wheel. Thought I was going to need bondo/sand/repaint. An hour with Dr. Color chip and I don't even notice when I wash my car now.
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      12-17-2011, 01:55 PM   #14
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Thanks again for the advice so far guys. I actually do have a clear bra installed on the bumper, hood, fenders, etc. But it doesn't wrap around or extend to the inside portion of the wheel well shown in the photo. I'm not sure I've actually seen any kits that do. Does anyone have protection on this inner portion, or is it something I'll just have to live with?
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Thanks again for the advice so far guys. I actually do have a clear bra installed on the bumper, hood, fenders, etc. But it doesn't wrap around or extend to the inside portion of the wheel well shown in the photo. I'm not sure I've actually seen any kits that do. Does anyone have protection on this inner portion, or is it something I'll just have to live with?
You can just have the installer wrap that area for you. probably not now, though. Dr. Colorchip works wonders, but I don't think the clearbra will stick well to it. I needs to be a rather smooth surface to work well.

Just be sure on you next car to wrap the area. i learned the hard way too.
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I put a layer of vinyl behind the wheel wells for the winter and spring (until the gravel is cleaned up). Since it was diy in a cold garage, it doesn't look that great in a few places, but once the car is dirty, you can't notice.
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      12-17-2011, 07:58 PM   #17
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Welp, lesson learned then I guess.

Is there any way at all that I can fully repair this without repainting everything? If not, then I guess I will be re-painting both skirts and the rear bumper...
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i wouldn't worry about that. If you wanted to stop it from getting worse, maybe get some starshield.
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      12-19-2011, 12:13 PM   #19
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i wouldn't worry about that. If you wanted to stop it from getting worse, maybe get some starshield.
Yeah, if I didn't get it repaired though, it would bother me for the rest of my ownership, lol. Does anyone know how much it would cost to repaint both rockers and the rear bumper?
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Find a reputable mobile paint guy and they'll be able to paint and blend it. I have a great one out here in CA that filled in a strange dent and painted a scratch down to the primer on my wife's car. Looks brand new and I haven't noticed any weird paint or color issues in the two years I've been staring at it.

If anyone in the bay area needs touch up, this guy does great work.

http://www.lmcartouchup.com/
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      12-20-2011, 12:05 PM   #21
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Find a reputable mobile paint guy and they'll be able to paint and blend it. I have a great one out here in CA that filled in a strange dent and painted a scratch down to the primer on my wife's car. Looks brand new and I haven't noticed any weird paint or color issues in the two years I've been staring at it.

If anyone in the bay area needs touch up, this guy does great work.

http://www.lmcartouchup.com/
Thanks, I'll see if I can find one. I would really hate to pay $1000+ to have the bumper and rockers repainted, so this might be a good compromise.
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