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Best way to use touch up paint/stone chips


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07-04-03, 09:54 AM   #1  
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Best way to use touch up paint/stone chips

Hi,
I notcied some stone-chips the other day when i was washing the car.
Some are down to the metal (my car is white so they are quite noticeable when the metal is showing through), and one is starting to rust slightly so i want to get these taken care of.
I bought the touchup paint (from the dealer) and they said for best results that i should also buy a primer to put on the chips that are down to the metal.
Is that right or were they just trying to get me to spend more?
I did buy a sanding pen to use to sand the edges of the chips so that i get a smoother finish when i apply the paint, but should i use the sand pen wet or dry?
And last but not least, the one with rust, is it too late for that one or would it be safe to sand the rusted edges away and use touch up paint?
I am asking because everyone says it is hard to do a good job using touch up paint if you've never done it before so some advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Wendy

 
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07-04-03, 02:58 PM   #2  
It's been MANY years since I've done any type of painting, but here's what little I remember.. Yes sand the rust away, and yes use a primer... The "key" is to make sure the type primer will match the type of touch up paint you have. For example, an enamal primer and a laquer finish paint won't match. The idea of a primer is to both coat the metal and give the finish paint a better sruface to bond to..
The last time I had touch up paint, it had a little brush built on to the cap (like nail polish)..It was a real pain to apply the paint, and make it look good..Seemed it always left the brush marks..Spraying is definately better..(Yes, I have met some people who could paint GREAT with a brush, but I'm not 1 of them!!)

 
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07-04-03, 03:21 PM   #3  
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MSA is correct.

Sometimes the brush they include can make a repair look obvious. I've done it using a toothpick to apply it and "drop it in" with my face against the car's surface to see if I'm putting it on too heavy or not. LOL.

What type of vehicle are we talking about?

 
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07-07-03, 06:18 AM   #4  
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Originally posted by Joe_F
MSA is correct.

Sometimes the brush they include can make a repair look obvious. I've done it using a toothpick to apply it and "drop it in" with my face against the car's surface to see if I'm putting it on too heavy or not. LOL.

What type of vehicle are we talking about?


Were talking about a 99 cavalier z24. And of course i've heard white is the hardest color to get a decent match up for.
I was actually going to try using a toothpcik because some of them are quite small and you can't see them unless you look closely. I know that they're there though and it bothers me when i see them.

I would like to do a half decent job and i have looked on the
internet but they talk about sanding with one kind of sandpaper, then sanding again with the sandpaper wet, using polishing compound etc. and i don't quite trust myself enough to start using sandpaper on my car!!


I bought a sandpaper pen to use on the one that has the bit of rust on it because i don't want to just paint over the rust, that's just not smart to do.

I would like to try and get a half decent repair done though so would it be best to apply the touch up paint in stages so that i can get it level with the original paint job? Or is that impossible?
And what about those touch up pens? Would that work better.
Keep in mind these aren't scratches, just chips.

Please help!!

Wendy

lol....i keep thinking of new questions...
What about my side moldings and bumpers? I am assuming that i would need a different kind of primer and paint for those areas because they are made of fiberglass?
I only bought the car about 6 months ago and i am noticing all kinds of little imperfections that are coming out now that i wash the car almost every weekend so i would like to fix those too.
oh yeah, would white colored wax work on some scuff marks on the rear bumper?
that's the last question.......i think


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07-07-03, 07:11 AM   #5  
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Any wax will remove scuffs from the bumper.

It will never be 100% with touchup---paint color differences, etc. Get it the best you can. The only way to go 100% is to have a shop respray the panel. Not worth it really.

Touchup pen, brush, all work about the same really.

 
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07-07-03, 08:04 AM   #6  
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Thnaks for the info...
i appreciate it.

Wendy

 
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