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    HELP! Messed up with touch-up paint... any fixes?

    I tried to repair a scratch on my Steel Blue 330i this weekend with some BMW touch-up paint. Unfortunately, the application brush is kind of thick... thicker than the scratch so some of it got on the unscratched portion of the car and it dried kind of rough. I didn't apply the clear-coat finish over the touch-up paint yet in hopes that someone might know how I can fix the mess-up. Is there any way to reverse the mistake I made or do I have to live with it?

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    Clay it smooth or 3M Hand Glaze (m)

    If you have paint cleaning clay I think this will abrade it off. If not 3M hand glaze with lots of elbow grease. The in bottle brush is WAY to big. In the future go to an art supply store and get #0000 brush which is perfect for scratches. With the color coat it is not necessary to completly fill the depression, just get the color covered. Do the filling with the clear. Also what makes it difficult is the touch up paint also softens the original paint. Don't forget to clean the brush it with solvent when done.

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    Re: Clay it smooth or 3M Hand Glaze (m)

    I second Keith's recommendation on the brush. Now to fix your problem I believe it would be too much for the hand glaze although the clay might work. If it's in a convex surface I would use a Meguiar's sanding block in 1500 grit or higher and a lot of patience to sand it down and repaint. This is an acquired skill and it will be much better if someone familiar with the touch up process will guide you.

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    Better to go to dealer or auto-body shop??

    Obviously I have no clue how to fix this to professional standards... Is there a possibility that these fix-it techniques might make it worse?

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    nail polish remover works also

    I took the touch up paint 3 days after I applied it with nail polish remover on a soft terry cloth. Worked great you would never know that I had put it on......buy a the finest brush you can find from a craft store like Michaels

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    Will it only remove the touch up paint?

    Does the nail polish remover only remove the touch-up paint or will it remove the original paint job around the scratch also?

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    Clay & Hand Glaze are pretty safe (m)

    The worst that will happen is, they will not work. You might even want to move up to rubbing compund which is more agressive than the glaze. Just try to limit the contact area to where you want to smooth the paint. Sandpaper is getting into a different area where if not done properly, can make things worse.

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    LANGKA - it's designed specifically for this

    Clay won't be abrasive enough, 3M Hand Glaze has no abrasives, and Nail Polish remover will remove your clear coat (or cloud it).

    LANGKA is available at most quality autoparts stores, and is designed specifically for removing or wiping clean touch-up paint. Mothers also sells a product that's identical to LANGKA, just rebranded.

    Do a google search on LANGKA.

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    Re: Will it only remove the touch up paint?

    no it did not remove any of the original paint. Make sure you gently apply the nail polish remover with a soft towel. Slowly increase the pressure on the towel until you start seeing the paint come off on the towel.

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    I would follow Steve L's advice

    If you want perfect results I would follow his advice. I have picked up tips from him on the detailing forum. I did notice a slight clouding after the nail polish remover was first applied. I put some Mothers wax on after I applied the nail polish remover and can not tell of any clouding on the paint.

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    denatured alcohol will remove it

    ...be patient, it will take awhile since its dried already. The alcohol *will not* harm the factory paint.

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    ...after removing *the mess* have it air brushed


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    Langka

    For sure.

    http://www.langka.com

    It works and works well. Know it, learn it, live it.

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    Nail polish remover update

    Nail polish remover works perfectly to remove the touch up paint with out affecting the original car paint. As the other post intrusted you use and clean rag and rub the area you are trying to remove the touch up paint from. Have patience, I just did this on my car and it only took about 5 minutes. You have to continuously rub will putting pressure onto the area you are trying to remove. After I wiped the area again with a separate cloth and all purpose cleaner to remove the nail polish remover residue. Good luck!
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