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Posted by MV on October 26, 2000 at 13:15:09:

In Reply to: HELP!!! My fiance is going to kill me!!! posted by Twink on October 26, 2000 at 12:37:58:

I did this with my wife in the car. Hard to weasel out of that one...

And a disclaimer before the other advice: having been married for 5 years i can honestly say you're almost certainly better off facing the music now than dealing with the nightmare that i presume will unfold if she discovers your cover up down the line... Maybe fix it as best you can and then soften the blow by saying "look how nearly invisible the damage is."

Now that i'm done with unsolicited relationship advice, depending on how badly you beat the hell out of the airdam, you may be able to conceal your goof. When I did it, the damage was restricted mainly to the underside of the airdam. If you hit the parking stop hard enough to scrape the front of the lower edge of the dam, you might as well work on your "honey, a funny thing happened today..." story.

If it is just the underside, some very fine grit (like 600 or greater) wet sanding paper should help smooth out the scrapes. Less is definitelt more on this step -- you don't want to make the problem any worse. Use the BMW touch-up paint to conceal any exposed black plastic (or go to Pep Boys and buy one of each of the white touch-ups and use the one with the best match -- cheaper to buy 7 or 8 of these than one BMW kit). Since very few people take the time to put their head on the ground and look up at the underside of your airdam, some moderate care in applying the paint and either Langka or wet sanding paper to remove the unevenness should suffice as a repair.

A professional body shop is going to charge at least several hundred dollars to remove, repair, repaint, and remount the bumper, if you want to go that way -- of course, this would be very hard to conceal form your fiance unless he's leaving town for a week since they'd keep the car for at least 2 or 3 days.

Good luck.



Well, after having my baby 4 months, I scratched the bottom of the front valence by going too far into a parking space today and hit the cement divider. Is there any way to smooth down the scratches without going thru major sanding and repainting? Any suggestiong welcome. I would like to get this done before my fiance notices.

Thanks!
Twink
'00 2.8 white/black/black





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