How To Touch Up Paint Chips

Automotive Blog

Over time, your car body is bound to pick up some dents and dings. Most people initially ignore small paint chips in their car because they are hardly noticeable. However, this can be dangerous. If you leave a paint chip unattended, it could grow, and rust could start to form on the car surface. This is why it is always a good idea to immediately reseal small paint chips. This article explains how to do this yourself with a few basic tools.

You can avoid taking your car to an auto body repair man if you are always vigilant and repair small paint chips before they become larger and impossible to fix on your own. The job is very simple, but it does require a little bit of patience, a steady hand and a few basic tools.

Using Auto Sandpaper

First of all, you will need some auto-body sandpaper. Auto sandpaper usually comes in a sort of spongy paper with the abrasive on one side. You need to dip the paper into water before using it. This helps to lubricate the sandpaper and prevents it from scratching off too much of your paint. The key to using the sandpaper is to just lightly buff out the surface around the hole. Often, this area is smaller than your fingertip. Nonetheless, it is very important because it will very subtly rough up the area around the paint chip. This enables the touch-up paint that you are going to apply later to stick better to the surface. If you fail to sand, your new paint might not adhere to the car body.

Applying the Touch-Up Paint

Applying the touch-up paint is usually very simple if you buy the right product. For the best results and most accurate color match, get your touch-up paint directly from the car manufacturer. Most dealerships will have their entire catalog of paint colors in stock. If not, you will definitely be able to special order your color. These touch-up paint cans are very easy and convenient to use. They usually come in very small bottles with tiny brushes built into the lid. So, to adequately do this job, all you really only need a touch-up paint and sandpaper. The key to applying the paint is to apply several thin coats instead of trying to get complete coverage on the first coat. This way you'll be able to control the texture and make it blend in better with your existing paint.

For professional assistance, contact an auto repair service in your area.


11 January 2017

Why I Love Working on Cars

My dad was a mechanic, but I never had any interest in cars when I was young. My dream was to become an accountant, and that is what I do for a living today. When I began my career, the stress of my job began to take a toll on me. One day, I visited my dad, and like usual, I talked to him while he was fixing up a car in our garage. He told me to switch places with him and began telling me what to do with them to help him repair the car. After just a half-hour or so, I felt more relaxed than I had in months. The rest is history, as they say, and I am now passionate about automobiles and auto repair. I also find blogging very relaxing, so I decided to combine my favorite hobbies and start an auto blog!