Car Paint Chip Repair Made Easy with These Simple Steps
If you find a chip on the paint job of your car, you don’t have to rush to an auto repair shop to get it fixed. Taking your car to the shop can cost you a bundle of money. On the other hand, you shouldn’t ignore the problem, as that chip can become a bigger headache later on when rust develops and sets in. With the right tools and knowledge, you can repair that paint chip on your own.
Determine Extent of Damage
Before starting on any repair, you need to know how many chips need to be repaired, as well as how large and deep they are. Check if the damage reaches way in to the bare metal or if it is the first layer of primer. By determining what type of paint chips you will need to fix, you can get the right tool for it. For very small paint chips, a paint chip repair pen will do the job; larger chips will require a car paint spray can or a applying paint with a brush.
Make sure you have all the materials and tools you will need to do the repair job. You will need the following:
*car wash detergent
*wet/dry Sandpaper (at least 1000 grit)
*car wax remover or degreaser
*automotive touchup paint
Clean the Car Thoroughly
Wash the entire car and dry completely. Use a soft rag to dry the car so you don’t scratch or leave streaks on the car.
Remove Wax and Grease from the Area
Following the directions on the container, remove any wax or grease residue in the paint chip area. You need to make sure that there is no buildup left to prevent the paint from holding or sticking firmly onto the surface of your car.
Sand and Prime the Paint Chip
Sand the chip down to remove any rough edges that may have developed. Do not go beyond the chipped area or you might ruin the paint job and make your work more difficult. Next, apply the primer so that the paint will adhere to the chipped surface and will not flake or crack. It also helps even up the surface, especially if the chip is deep or there are scratches around the area. Use several layers of the primer for this purpose. Make sure to follow the instructions on the package for properly applying the primer. Allow it to dry and set overnight.
Apply Touchup Paint
Depending on the type of paint that you are using, apply the touchup paint lightly and with a steady hand. Practice on a different surface before doing the chip so that you can get the motion right. Let the paint cure and set. If it is just a small chip, allow for at least two to three hours. For larger chips, let it dry overnight.
Use Clear Coating
Once the paint has dried, apply a thin layer of clear coat to seal the chip. This also enhances the gloss from the paint. Let it dry.
Sand the Edges
When the clear coating has set, feel the chip for any bulges. If there are any, sand the chip lightly and repeat the primer application.
Layer on the Paint and Clear Coat
Apply many layers of touchup paint and clear coat until the color and surface have evened out with the rest of the car. Remember to provide enough time in between the steps for drying and curing.
Apply Rubbing Compound and Wax
Once you are satisfied with the result, you can apply rubbing compound on the chip to polish the surface. Wait for at least a week before washing the car and applying wax as additional protection for the touchup paint.
Repairing a car paint chip is not difficult; you don’t even need to operate any heavy machinery or equipment to do it. Just remember to read all the instructions provided in the materials and to follow them closely. Don’t rush through the task, either. The paint needs time to dry and adhere to the surface and this process cannot be rushed. You want the repair to last; otherwise, you are just wasting your time and money on it.