Q: Paint Chip Repair
How do I repair and repaint rock chips and other small defects in the paint?
A: Buy small factory pack of laquer paint. (this is assuming that your car hasn’t been repainted with cheap enamel). Degrease with preperation solvent. Sand a very small area about the size of a pencil eraser including inside of nick with 600 grit. Stir can of UNTHINNED paint very well. Metallics such as this need the extra stirring.
Using a very small paint brush (local hobby store kind) fill the nick with a dab of paint. Dont try and fill all at once and dont brush the paint in the hole, wait a few hours and repeat until the chip or nick is completely filled and actually higher than surrounding area. Wait at least 2 days before sanding.
Use 1000-2000 grit 3M wet or dry sandpaper and just knock off the top of extra paint trying to even it out with surrounding area.Dont sand anymore than necessary as the surrounding paint may be thin. Metallics have a habit of settling to the bottom of each coat of paint so be careful.
Next rub with a small amount of good hand rubbing compound.(not the Turtle wax kind but something from auto paint store) rub the sanding marks out and a little in the surrounding areas. Do a good job and only an expert can tell is been done.
Old timers call this matchsticking as they used matches instead of small paint brushes to do this. Just remember to use UNTHINNED laquer.
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