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C300 Front Bumber Scratch? do I have to repaint the whole bumber?

I own a C300 and noticed the driver side front bumper has a 8 inch by 8 inch rasberry. The paint surface is alittle rough and the paint is no longer smooth. It looks like the bumper rubbed into something, leaving it with a rough surface. Do I need to have the whole bumper painted or can they just attack the area that was damaged ? what should this job cost? should the job only be done by MB?
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Feel free to supply a photo for a more accurate reply from members but in general you have the option of a touch-up in the area of the scratch which is blended or usually with cars such as ours the entire panel is repainted. This is to avoid any problems matching the paint and doing one small area compared to the whole panel isn't always that much cheaper, if at all. Cost varies with location and the shop, but make sure you see examples of their work before you have it done. A MB shop often farms the work out to a local shop anyway, and if you're lucky you can just call the service department and ask who they recommend for body work locally. By the way, it's spelled "bumper" not "bumber". Good luck with your car.

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The 'bumber' didn't rub against anything, a careless driver did. Based on your description, it sounds like the entire 'bumber' will need to be repainted. The cost is generally $200-500, depending on color and location.
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Thanks for the feedback.
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Try to wax it out using a cleaner wax which has some mild gritty compound in it. If that doesn't get it where you want to be consult with some trusted body shop. Maybe it can just be compounded using an abrasive and a power buffer.

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I own a C300 and noticed the driver side front bumper has a 8 inch by 8 inch rasberry. The paint surface is alittle rough and the paint is no longer smooth. It looks like the bumper rubbed into something, leaving it with a rough surface. Do I need to have the whole bumper painted or can they just attack the area that was damaged ? what should this job cost? should the job only be done by MB?
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Find a good body shop that specializes in higher end cars. Typically the dealers send their cars put to an independant body shop. I just had my wife's S550 bumper repainted due to her trying to move one of those concrete parking barriers. In all likelihood the entire bumper will need to be done. To do it correctly the bumper should be removed and then painted. I paid $800.

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Here is a write up and tutorial on how to touch up a bumber from one of our detailing experts in the forum, Buellwinkle:

Buellwinkle - Bumper Painting

It basically is a DIY on how to respray a small area on a bumper.
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Try to wax it out using a cleaner wax which has some mild gritty compound in it. If that doesn't get it where you want to be consult with some trusted body shop. Maybe it can just be compounded using an abrasive and a power buffer.
This is also a very good suggestion. I have "fixed" many friend's cars by using a cut wax on what they thought was a serious scratch. If it looks white-ish or is the color of whatever hit you, then there is hope.

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