The rocker panel paint on my 1995 325is seems to be in better condition than the Boston Metallic Green paint on the rest of the car, haha. I can't find it worn down in any places and I'd really like to see some a worn spot with green paint showing through. I've heard some bad stories about people starting to remove the gray rocker panel paint only to find that their car was one from a specific time range that wasn't paint matched to begin with.
There are a few places on my car that need some touch up work. I have several chips from rocks on the hood and one or two on the sun roof, the top rear bumper (part above the black moulding trim) has managed to lose every single bit of clear coat and I still have a dent to have removed in my drivers side front fender where someone hit it in a parking lot.
I think I might be able to get the dent removed using one of those "paintless dent removal" services and just touch up a spot or two with the touch up paint I have.
I plan to fill the chips on the hood and sunroof after removing all of the wax on those chips and about an inch around them, then with some very fine sand paper (~4000) smooth the paint to blend it in. After that I was thinking of getting some touch up clear coat and doing the same thing (sanding), then buffing and waxing until they blend back into the rest of the paint.
I've been reading up on detailing and diy repairs a lot lately and I think the small touch up areas will be similar to the headlight trick. I do however plan to test it out in a hidden place first.
As for the rear bumper where the clear coat is all gone, I think I could use some clear coat spray and put several coats on it. Then let it dry and sand it, buff it and wax it. The only thing I need to find out first is if I need to buff the base coat before applying the clear coat so that it appears polished through the clear coat.
I'd love to have a nice weekend with decent weather to work on it all. It's been raining for nearly a week already here and I think it's supposed to continue until Friday. Maybe I can give some of these ideas a work out this coming weekend and get back to you.
I've been meaning to give the car a full detailing and cleaning the entire engine (finally) with some degreasers and cleaners like GUNK.