How to repair chipped paint on a car or truck

Repair Chipped Paint on Your Car Yourself Quickly and Easily

Chips in your car’s paint job not only hurts the look and style of your car but it can also lead to further damage to the body material underneath the paint. Metal can become rusted if the paint and protective coating wears away. Repairing chipped paint on your car or truck’s body is inexpensive and easy to do. It will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

Basically all you need to do to repair chipped paint is to go to your local auto store such as a Pep Boys or Auto Zone. Many of these stores carry touch up paint in a wide range of colors. You’ll need to match the touch up paint to your car’s color exactly or else you’ll wind up with a poor touch up job. It is a good idea to check your vehicle’s manual as that should list your car’s exact paint color and may even include a color code that should associate to a paint color sold in auto supply stores. If not, bringing your car’s VIN number to the store can help match the proper color for your car if in fact this is the car’s original color.

Once you’ve located some touch up paint that matches your car’s color you simply need to shake it well before applying it. It is advised to pick up an extra bottle of the touch up paint to have on hand as you never know when you’ll need or if that particular color will be hard to find in the future. Many paint touch up bottles come with small applicators, usually small soft brushes.

Make sure you clean and dry the area of chipped paint that you are repairing but be sure not to use any harsh chemicals or abrasives. Don’t use an excessive amount of water either as this can cause seepage under the paint if the chipped area goes down to the bare metal or plastic. Simply wiping the area gently with a clean cloth can remove and debris from the chipped paint area.

Apply the paint as directed on the bottle and let the first coat dry before applying a second coat if needed. Try to brush gently in one direction and try to smooth it out. Some people use a toothpick to gently place the paint into the chip. You don’t want your touch up job to turn out with bumps or globs of dried touch up paint on it.

If your chip is deep you may need to apply several coats. Make sure you let each layer dry before applying the next layer and remove excess paint before it dries from the surrounding area. You’ll eventually fill the chip completely, at that point let the touch up paint dry fully. After it is dry you may want to buff down the excess paint to smooth out the chipped area and make sure the paint added doesn’t stick out of the chip. You can use a buffer pad that attaches to an electric drill to do the job, or use a soft cloth to buff the area by hand. Polishing compounds are sometimes used with the buffing procedure to further help the touch up job blend in.

Don’t take your car to a dealer or repair shop for an expensive chipped paint repair job, simply go to your local auto supply shop, match the proper color, and fill the chip as described above. Be patient and don’t rush the job and you’ll end up with a car that looks like it never had chipped paint.

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