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Nicked My Bumper - Touch Up Help Request

Last night I apparently was in neutral when I parked in my garage. My car ever so slightly rolled back into my garage door. One of the hinges produced a very small nick in the rear bumper.

Is there an accepted technique to fill in the nick and touch up?

Or is it simply touching up with multiple layers of paint?

Whenever I've had an older car and used touch up, I never really got it right.

Could a dealer touch up this 3mm nick for under $100?

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Give Dr Color Chip a try,I have used there product on my Kona Blue GT and it worked great,try a hair dryer on the dimple might take it out.

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Give Dr Color Chip a try,I have used there product on my Kona Blue GT and it worked great,try a hair dryer on the dimple might take it out.
Anything a dealer touches will be over $100 so they can make margin. However, as mentioned above, there are places that can make it look perfect with touch up. I would only recommend this type of repair on a plastic part.
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Just go to a real shop your dealer I am sure deals with a good one mine gave me a free touchup for tiny rock chip and trust me dr color chip is not the way to go. If they do charge you it might be $50 but if you dont know what you are doing youll mess it up!
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trust me dr color chip is not the way to go. but if you dont know what you are doing youll mess it up!
This video begs to differ:

Dr. ColorChip paint chip repair live demo - YouTube

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There is actually a nick/gouge in the plastic. Wondering how to fill that? Is that something a dealer should do?

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Give Dr Color Chip a try,I have used there product on my Kona Blue GT and it worked great,try a hair dryer on the dimple might take it out.
Paintscratch.com is a good place to try as well.


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Re the Dr. Color Chip, paying $60 for a bottle of paint and a bottle of reducer is absurd.

Another concern is that chips in the paint hold wax, and I did not see any attempt to solvent clean the chip before applying the paint.

Applying the paint away from a chip makes no sense if the chip is deep enough to have gone through the clear coat and exposed the color and or primer coats.

So here is what I would do to the Dr Color Chip process:
1. Using a tooth brush and the original Dawn liquid soap (it's blue), scrub the chip and wipe the area dry;
2. Using acetone on clean rag, wipe the chip;
3a. For a shallow chip (through only one paint thickness), apply the color on the chip;
3b. For a deep chip, or a chip bigger than 1/16th in diameter, fill the chip with a body putty, wipe it smooth with a gloved thumb and let it dry, then apply the color;
4. While the color paint is still wet, wipe it smooth with a gloved thumb;
5. Let the paint dry for the recommended time;
4. Using the Dr Color Chip blending solvent, wipe off the excess paint;
5. After curing for a few days, apply a coat of wax to the repair.

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Im in the same boat. I have a nick in the plastic front bumper. I tried the Langka sysyem and it didnt work as the scratch in the plastic is to deep and because it is plastic, it is burred up around the edges of the nick. It looks terrible and although it isnt big it is in a place on the edge of the bumper that really shows it.
Other than having it filled and sanded and painting the entire bumper , I see no way of fixing this. So i have touch up paint on it to hide the black plastic colour ( my car is grabber blue) But I am leaving it alone although it drives me nuts.

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I almost have the exact same damage, only on my front bumper.

I cleaned with rubbing alcohol, and put a coat of touch up paint, followed by three, or four coats every hour, or so.

A week later I polished the gouge with a Qtip and compound. Not perfect, but not that noticeable either.

Let us know what works for you.

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I used to work for multiple touch up companies. NOTHING you will ever do touch up wise will make it 100%.... Your best bet is to find out when your dealer's touch up guy is on their lot. I used to help out customers the best I could when they approached me. I also painted entire bumpers for around $100. Unfortunately I am no longer in that business....
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At least be smart enough to take it to the dealer's bodyshop (or another bodyshop you have used and have been satsified with in the past) and ask how much before you go wasting your money on snake oil.

Chances are for not that much more they'll be able to make it look like it never happened vs. you spending almost as much to make it look like sh**.

And having it look like it never happened is always going to feel better.

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Last night I apparently was in neutral when I parked in my garage. My car ever so slightly rolled back into my garage door. One of the hinges produced a very small nick in the rear bumper.
Hello fredsstang,

You should contact your local Ford dealer for pricing. You can also find the touch up paint here.

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Touch up tip

If you have a small nick or scratch, used a toothpic to fill in the paint. It's alot more precise than a brush

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