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Okay - I bought my 2004 Passat barely used, so it is in pretty good condition... even deep cleaned the carpets this past weekend... but there is one thing that bothers me... I have a scratch and dents. These are from the bike rack and bikes that were on it. (I really want to get the roofrack, but thats another topic)
http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/345981124/


Are these scratches too deep to just cover up? Will it look like crap if I use the touchup paint from the dealer?
http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/345981129/in/photostream/

And the dents on the bumper (hard to caputure on film) - I think I can just get them out with some paintless dent repair shop?
http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/345981126/in/photostream/

(let me know if i need better pictures)
 

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i didnt realize the bumper was plastic... well i guess its a good thing the dents arent too noticable... only if you are looking

bummer.
 

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Okay - I bought my 2004 Passat barely used, so it is in pretty good condition... even deep cleaned the carpets this past weekend... but there is one thing that bothers me... I have a scratch and dents. These are from the bike rack and bikes that were on it. (I really want to get the roofrack, but thats another topic)
http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/345981124/


Are these scratches too deep to just cover up? Will it look like crap if I use the touchup paint from the dealer?
http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/345981129/in/photostream/

And the dents on the bumper (hard to caputure on film) - I think I can just get them out with some paintless dent repair shop?
http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/345981126/in/photostream/

(let me know if i need better pictures)
Try using a high grit buffing compound. You can get it from NAPA Auto. 3M stuff works well. Use light presure and dont focus on the area for long periods because it will look different than the rest of the car. Also go by a couple of body shops and the should be able to give you some ideas also.
 

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If you want to do it right, it's going to cost.
To get a new bumper, have it paint matched, installed, etc. could cost 1,500.00 - maybe add a little more for the trunk lid.
A shame the previous owner did that. I always sort of liked Colorado Red.
You could live with the bumper as is, and try Scratch-X or Turtle wax colored wax - it won't be perfect, but it will be better.
 

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nope... sad to say I DID IT!!! i was so mad.... the scratches i couldnt do anything about, but the dents shouldnt have happened - i emailed the bike rack company but of course, no response.

edit: i have clips on my bike now so the pedals dont reach the car anymore - so no more scratches... still need a roofrack, but i am afraid that it will be hard to get the bike up and down.
 
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