How To Fix Those Chips in Your Car’s Paint

At one time or another most of us have had a passing car fling a gravel and chip the paint on our vehicles. Taking your car to an auto body shop can be pretty expensive even for a small chip! But, you can save lots of money by doing it yourself.

You should always repair chips as soon as possible. If they are left unattended they will get worse and eventually start to rust into the frame of your vehicle. Once it’s gotten to that point it will be harder to do yourself and may have to be left to a professional.

The repair might not be completely invisible, but if you take your time chances are no one but you will ever notice it’s there. Choosing the right color to match your car’s finish for touching up the chip will help ensure that it’s less visible.

Most auto parts stores carry a wide selection of automobile touch up paints. There should be a booklet in the paint section where you can look up the paint for your specific vehicle model and year. If there’s not, the salesperson will be able to find it on their computer.

If your car is blue and there’s several colors of blue listed for your cars make, then you will need to use your cars VIN number to find the right one. Ask the sales person for assistance if you’re still not sure which color to buy.

You will only need a small container of the auto paint and a small can of auto primer. If the only paint the parts store has in your color is in a spray, you can spray a little of it into a small container to paint it on your car.

These types of repairs should never be done in the bright sun or if the temperature is below 50 degrees. First you want to thoroughly clean the area with soap and water and then use a soft cotton cloth to dry it completely.

Neither the primer or the paint will adhere securely if there’s still moisture on the area. Just to be safe you may want to wait a while and let the spot air dry as well. You can even use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

Then you’ll need to rub the area with some polishing compound to smooth the rough spots. Don’t rub the area too much, you could damage the clearcoating that’s used over the paint and it will become cloudy looking.

You should also remove any dirt or wax by cleaning the spot with a small amount of denatured alcohol and a soft cloth. You can use a match or any other object with a small tip to apply a small amount of primer. Make sure that you fill in the entire area of the chip, carefully just touching against the paint.

You’ll want to get both the primer and the paint as smooth as you can, if it’s left rough or bumpy it will definitely show through the paint! Once you’ve got the area filled in let it dry for a half hour.

Once the primer has dried, cover the area with a small amount of the auto paint. Wait about an hour and then apply a second coat. Now, you will need to let the paint sure for a few days to make sure it sets.

After several days lightly rub the area with polishing compound to blend the edges of the new paint. If you’ve taken your time and followed the steps, you should be barely able to see the repair.