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Old 05-01-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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Unhappy Don't think this one will buff out-- suggestions?

So I woke up at 4am to the sound of an awful thunderstorm. My car was not in the garage, so I bolted downstairs and outside to put it away. The windows were fogging, it was beginning to hail and pouring down rain.

So when I pulled into the garage I cut it too close and scraped the crap out of the mirror.

As you can see there's a bit of paint missing (maybe 1mm by 3mm, right on the edge), and brown paint on the edges of the mirror from my garage trim.

Any suggestions? The mirror itself is fine; but I'm sure having it painted would be stupidly expensive. Think I should pony up and have it repainted, or just touch it up with Dr. ColorChip and a clearcoat pen, or touch-up paint? Advice welcome. BAD way to start my day
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:39 AM   #2
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That's a bummer....Might be time for some mirror stripes! Theres some that don't look bad at all. I know what you mean about the not wanting to paint it...big hassle...good luck!
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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The brown will buff off, then go from there. It looks like it's on the bottom maybe one of the shitty touch up pens GM has will take care of the rest. Good luck
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #4
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buff off the brown paint first, see what's left after that....
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The brown will buff off, then go from there. It looks like it's on the bottom maybe one of the shitty touch up pens GM has will take care of the rest. Good luck
I hate those. I can never get the pen to work. I have one.

Maybe fill it with Dr. ColorChip...? I don't know. :(
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Sorry about the bad luck Belle...Like has been said: The brown may buff off and then touch up from there. Sorry that doing the right thing for your baby caused this, but it is better then hail.
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Sorry about the bad luck Belle...Like has been said: The brown may buff off and then touch up from there. Sorry that doing the right thing for your baby caused this, but it is better then hail.
That's what I keep telling myself. We had quarter sized hail, so this is the lesser of two evils, right?

How do I even buff the brown paint out on an edge??
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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I hate those. I can never get the pen to work. I have one.

Maybe fill it with Dr. ColorChip...? I don't know. :(
I think that a bit big for Dr. Colorchip.
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I think that a bit big for Dr. Colorchip.
The spot where paint is actually missing is tiny. Like I said maybe 1mm by 3mm...
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That's what I keep telling myself. We had quarter sized hail, so this is the lesser of two evils, right?

How do I even buff the brown paint out on an edge??

Buffing compound, a rag, and some elbow grease
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pickup some scratchx, that will cleanup the brown, I would then try the drcolorchip, cant hurt to try....
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The spot where paint is actually missing is tiny. Like I said maybe 1mm by 3mm...
oh I see now, the paint is in the groove. That may be a hard one becasue of the groove. I'd start with scratchx and a foam buffing pad.
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As one poster said, buffing compound. I suggest trying that first, as it should come off, If not Id recommend getting some 12-1500 grit sandpaper and west sanding it. Thing is you want VERY light pressure on a corner. Otherwise youll hit the sealer and have grey showing.
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oh I see now, the paint is in the groove. That may be a hard one becasue of the groove. I'd start with scratchx and a foam buffing pad.
Thats scratchx, use VERY light pressure. Itll come out and then you polish it and itll be fine.
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Damn! That sucks, Sarah! Good luck getting it fixed up right. I saw on the news this morning somewhere had hail the size of a lime. I thought to myself "gee, hope no-one left their Camaro outside last night".
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Picked this up:

http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=70

Will report back on whatever success I have. I'm going to buff out the brown paint, then fill the missing paint area with GM touch-up paint, then clear over it with the clearcoat included in the kit. What do y'all think?
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:44 PM   #17
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Looks like everyone gave you the answer's your looking for, compound/polish then touch up and then seal it. If nothing works then a lite paint job should cost about 100-150 bucks IMO. You can even take off the mirror at leave it at the shop for them to do it.
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