If you’ve read any prior posts on this blog, you know I’m a huge fan of Dr. Colorchip. For small paint chips and scratches, the good doctor cannot be beat. But when the chips and scratches get bigger, the repair isn’t usually as simple. So I thought I’d try out some other products on the market to see if they work as advertised. Today I’m trying the ScratchWizard system.
First some background. I bought a 2013 BMW X5 in the fall of 2017. Although it came equipped with Park Distance Control sensors and cameras (back and side), the previous owner (aka Mr. Magoo) managed to scrape some paint off of all four corners. I bought a bumper repair kit from the ScratchWizard last November, and it took until May before the weather was nice enough for me to use it.
I followed the video instructions more or less, starting with two problem areas. First was this huge chip and scratch on the top edge of the bumper cover.
And secondly, a large scrape along the fold. One good thing about the color of this vehicle is that it hides scrapes really well, and I didn’t initially see this scrape until I started to work on the other one.
I didn’t want to use filler on plastic so I tried my best to repair the areas just by sanding before using the primer. The key I’ve discovered is to go big.
Take advantage of the natural panel seams and plan ahead where you want to blend into the original paint. If you mask off a small area, you’ll get hard lines and the repair will be more obvious.
Follow the instructions allowing 10 minutes between coats, and 30 minutes between primer and color, as well as color and clear. Each step involves a light initial coat, followed by two medium-heavy coats. You want good coverage, but you don’t want the paint to sag. Metallic paint is usually tough to match, but this came out pretty well.
I’m really happy with the result. Once the paint has hardened for another month, I’ll level the clearcoat with Meguiars 105. Result.