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Old 06-07-2019, 12:10 PM
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Touch up Paint too dark

I have a 2002 e53 in Estroil Blue. I bought BMW touch up paint #335, but it looks WAY too dark. The car was garaged for most of its life until I got it. I can't imagine that the paint has faded that much. This paint looks like the darker blue that I see on newer Beemers.

The placard under the hood says Estroil Blau 335/5. I don't know what the /5 is about, but I can't find any other estroil blue paint number but 335. Just wondering if I made a mistake, or if this is normal.

I have some chips that I'm working on now, but I also have a place about 2" across right at the back of the hood just before the windshield that just came off when I was washing the car recently. There was no visible damage before this piece just pealed off. Not sure what I'm going to do about that one.

Any ideas on the paint color?
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:16 PM
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My BMW-branded Stirling Grey Metallic touch-up is the same - too dark. I use it sparingly...

I always figured it was that the car had faded.
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Same here with Imola.


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It has to be used very sparingly. I apply it on a toothpick(yes, regular tiny toothpick) and slowly 'paint' inside the chip. It takes forever but I have better results than applying directly.
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I spread it as thin as I could. It looks terrible, but it's better than bare metal. I understand that all metallic paints look darker when applied in liquid form as opposed to a spray, but this is ridiculous. Unfortunately I had two quarter size chips, and the one very large spot on the hood. I will probably have to look at having the hood painted eventually because this really spoils the looks of a beautiful car. Too bad they can't adjust the paint so that it will be close to the right color when applied with the applicator they give you. Seems like a no brainer.
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Don't know if this helps or 100% how to do it but one of the old body guys when I was a kid (he did lead work) would touch up with a small dot and use wax paper(?) held over the dot to press it out (like ironing thru a cloth to protect the material) to the chip edge then sand/buff to height.

I'm going off memory from about 40 years ago but my description should be close enough to get answers from someone that knows the old school ways, so hopefully somebody can ask back stateside.

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Yup same paint code here and same exact issue with BMW paint stick. Used prior to concours event and looks poor but needed something.

PO used paint from Dr Colorchip to touch up other spots and it appears to match perfectly. Havent ordered yet as other jobs more important but will likely try this route when my time free's up to take this on again.
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Yup same paint code here and same exact issue with BMW paint stick. Used prior to concours event and looks poor but needed something.

PO used paint from Dr Colorchip to touch up other spots and it appears to match perfectly. Havent ordered yet as other jobs more important but will likely try this route when my time free's up to take this on again.
Thanks. I might try that.
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I started with the Lanka kit where you put in a blob, let it partially dry, then use their blob eliminator to smooth it to the height of the surface. I'm sure I was doing something wrong, but I couldn’t get that to work at all. I gave up. At least I’m not staring at metal every time I get in the car. I have a broken foot right now, so with mobility limited there is only so much I can do.
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My BMW-branded Stirling Grey Metallic touch-up is the same - too dark. I use it sparingly...

I always figured it was that the car had faded.

I ended up going to the ladies section of my local supermarket and picking up a range of silver nail varnish for my titanium silver i try to match, for my wifes e46 (not sure what blue it is) I ended up matching it by mixing a slate grey with a lighter blue, yup the colour fades over time on this an other cars i had
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