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Tips for DIY Paint Chip Repair

When you get a chip in your car paint, you do not have to get the whole car repainted nor do you need to shell out hundreds of dollars to a repair shop. Instead, you can easily do the paint chip repair yourself. As long as you have the required tools and supplies and follow these simple tips, you will have a car that looks as good as new. Repair paint chips as soon as they occur so rust does not have a chance to build up.

Use the Right Paint

In order to make sure that your car continues to look great and the repair to the paint chip is not noticeable, you want to make sure that you use the correct paint. You can find out the type of paint in a few different ways. The paint is easy to find at an auto parts store, and most of those stores will also have a pamphlet that lists the right paint for the make, model and year of car. Furthermore, the vehicle identification plate on your car will tell you the color number used on your car. Typically, this identification plate is under the hood on the cowl, the radiator shield or on the jamb of the driver’s door. You just need a small bottle of touch up paint as well as primer.

Clean the Area

Before you begin to fix the paint chip, you want to clean the area. This is more than just washing your car as you want to ensure that all grease, wax and oil are completely removed from the car. Otherwise, the paint may not take or the metal of the car could start to rust. To help, mark off the section of the car you are fixing with masking tape, adding an extra quarter of an inch or so. You can use a lacquer thinner or alcohol to clean, along with a lint-free cloth. You do not want to use anything that will leave behind a residue including tissue or paper towel. The cleaner the surface, the better the repair will go. If any rust has already formed, spend some extra time getting rid of all rust.

Time of Day

When you undertake your paint chip repair, you will want to pay attention to the time of day and the weather. To get the best benefit of the repair, you want it to be warm but not too hot. Any temperatures under 70 degrees will be too cold to do the best work. You can always work in a heated garage if it is too cold outside. If you live in a place with extreme heat, then working in the early morning or late in the evening will keep the paint from drying too quickly, before you get a chance to finish all the steps. You also want to make sure that your car will not get wet until the paint has dried enough. Performing the repair in a garage or underneath a roof will keep it dry.

With the aid of these simple tips, you can repair your car’s paint and no one will ever know the difference. You can keep your car looking great. The best part is, you can save a lot of money by not going to a repair shop. It does not take much skill to work on your car’s paint job. You just have to work diligently and use the right tools.

 

Car Scratch RemovePriceRatingManufacturerPrime
Meguiar's G17216 Ultimate Compound - 15.2 oz.
$4.3Megiar'sNo
2pcs Magic Fix It Pro Car Scratch Repair Remover Filler Sealer Pen



$3.7EXCOUPNo
MAGICAL Fix Clear Car Scratch Repair Cloth Polish$5.0EXCOUPNo
Turtle Wax T-234KT Premium Grade Scratch Repair Kit$3.5Turtle WaxYes
Meguiar's G10307 ScratchX 2.0 - 7 oz.
$3.8Megiar'sYes
Quixx 00070-US Paint Scratch Remover Kit


$3.0Quixx Yes
Nu Finish Scratch Doctor

$2.8Nu Finish Yes
Formula 1 Scratch Out - Scratch Remover for All Auto Paint Finishes - 8 oz. Paste Wax
$3.2Formula 1 Yes