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Old 05-11-2014, 11:26 PM   #1
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stone chips + 3M clear bra

Hey everyone,

I have a bunch (quite a few actually) of stone chips on the front of my e90. I'm trying to think of the best plan of action to 1. get rid of the stone chips and 2. protect my paint moving forward.

I had the idea to get some of that Dr.ColorChip, touch up all the spots, and then take it to CustomWraps and have a clear bra put on the hood, front bumper and mirrors.

Anybody else have any other ideas or suggestions as to how I could go about doing this???

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Old 05-14-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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I'm considering this, and curious also.
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:43 PM   #3
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I would say just touch it up with paint of the same paint code. Do you drive long distances frequently or in areas with a lot of stones frequently?

My friend always tapes his front bumper with blue painters tape when he goes on a long road trip just to prevent chips like that from happening. It looks pretty janky but it gets the job done. If you frequently drive over rocks or get hit by them often then obviously this option isnt really viable.
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:51 PM   #4
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I would say just touch it up with paint of the same paint code. Do you drive long distances frequently or in areas with a lot of stones frequently?

My friend always tapes his front bumper with blue painters tape when he goes on a long road trip just to prevent chips like that from happening. It looks pretty janky but it gets the job done. If you frequently drive over rocks or get hit by them often then obviously this option isnt really viable.
Yeah that's the thing, I commute about 150 km a day I was thinking touching it up and 3M clear bra for added protection would do the trick.
I guess my concern is how does touch up paint hold up under neath a wrap? Would it start to bubble?
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:22 AM   #5
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Im not sure how it would hold up with a wrap, I wouldn't think it would bubble as long as the wrap is put on well. But yeah if youre commuting that far every day just getting a clear wrap just on the bumper might be the best option.

If I had to drive 150km a day though I would probably honestly just get a little beater like a Mazda Miata or something that I wouldn't care about putting 750km on a week.
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:10 PM   #6
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I was considering this as well on my Lexus. I was told it wasn't a good idea from the authorized 3M installer I brought the car to.
The 3M would act like a magnifying glass to all imperfections on the paint.
Just imagine putting a screen protector on your phone when the screen isn't perfectly clean.
Basically you need to repair all the stone chips before applying the clear bra. In most cases this would require sanding down and repainting all the panels that you want to cover.
Dr. Colorchip works pretty well. Great alternative to repainting and covering with 3M. It's what I ended up using rather than repainting.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:05 PM   #7
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guys, is there a bang for the buck place that could help with paint chips and sim. work?
Atleast evaluate and tell me what i can DIY, what not.
Mine 525 is original paint, cosmos black,with quiet a few chips.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:34 PM   #8
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Touch up paint along with a tooth pick has become my friend for my black E 30 325.
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