Date registered: Jul 2011
Vehicle: '87 560 SEC, Pearl Grey/blue; 300,000+ mi; '07 CLS 550, Barolo/stone; 90,000+ mi
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Here are several thoughts--be careful how much you compound/polish off, as you are removing material. The UV protection will be much less the more this is done. As far as the rock chips, I eventually had my bumper entirely repainted, then clear PPF (paint protection film) applied on top of that--and I'm even more careful about space between me and the car in front, just in case. I also had hood and partial quarter panel PPF, and you have to look hard to even see the film line.
Another option if repainting certain areas is not, is you could try Dr. ColorChip. There are a few videos showing how to squeegee it on, and then rub it off. They will match it exactly to your paint code. The squeegee effect will broadly fill in those many small areas, vs having to painstakingly and frustratingly apply it like touch-up paint. Wait 30 days before any further buffing on top of it, or PPF for that matter if you end up going that route.