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Old 10-05-2019, 10:25 AM
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Door dings

What's a good way to touch-up these door dings in a corvette.
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What's a good way to touch-up these door dings in a corvette.
Patiently build up layers of touch up paint with a small brush, staying inside the chip, until mostly filled. Then do same with clearcoat dabs, sanding only the dab in between applications. To level it. Perhaps by wrapping very fine sandpaper over a pencil eraser. When the chip is filled, sand that along with just barely getting onto the existing clear so it blends in. Gently polish. A dark spot will remain there but it beats white and if done patiently with good stuff, it can look very nice.
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Note what idrivejunk said there, "inside" the chip. This is a real common mistake people make is putting a big dab of paint that goes outside the chip over the surrounding paint. Dab a little inside the chip, even if you have to use something like a knife blade or a pin, I literally have used a sewing pin before this before. Dab that paint into the chip and then let it shrink! Then you can put more if you need it. That paint you dab on is full of solvents, it will shrink a LOT so don't try and make it perfect in one shot, it may, don't get me wrong, but if you have go back and dab a bit more paint don't sweat it.

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Yep a little art brush can work best but a toothpick for example might also do good. Which brings up another worthy mention... the viscosity of the touch up color and clear. Like is it runny or globby. Results depend on having a feel for it and being able to see small stuff well.

Additionally, another good way to go about this is to spray clear through a small hole in a piece of card paper (like junk mail), carefully, with the card held just above the chip as masking. After leveling but before polishing. So theres a softer edge. This would be more important for say hood chips as opposed to door dings but theres that alternative anywhere.

This is one thing I like about my beat up black cars, I can touch them up with a Sharpie. Black spray paint and card hole, seriously. For big stuff.
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a flowbie pen works great. It's literally a pen with a tiny cup for paint. With certain colors you can also add some clear afterwards, block it out and polish and you won't even know it's there. This works well on solids and sometimes on light scratches on metallic you can wool pad it to smear the scratch and just add clear and it will amazingly hide itself very well due to the flakes giving off reflections.
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I use most of the same methods but I use a match stick tore out of a book of matches as a touch up brush. The fuzzy end allows you to stipple/blot in some paint instead of just dropping it in. Cut a square off a paint stick with side cutters to wrap a piece of 1500 on, scuff, and do a little hand rub.

Have used these and it's common to see them in bodyshops, but prefer the match sticks better which are usually free for the asking at any gas station.
https://www.eastwood.com/touch-up-ap...43f260b100ba05

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Screw all of that mess - go here and get the kit with the perfect color: https://www.drcolorchip.com/


Used this on a primo NISSAN 370Z Nismo in a charcoal grey color - matched perfect, easy to use and it was an inch long scratch in the paint. My advice is to practice on a chip that's not in your eye to get the hang of it. I paint but it took me a few tries to get it right, after that it's a piece of cake.
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I use most of the same methods but I use a match stick tore out of a book of matches as a touch up brush. The fuzzy end allows you to stipple/blot in some paint instead of just dropping it in. Cut a square off a paint stick with side cutters to wrap a piece of 1500 on, scuff, and do a little hand rub.

Have used these and it's common to see them in bodyshops, but prefer the match sticks better which are usually free for the asking at any gas station.
https://www.eastwood.com/touch-up-ap...43f260b100ba05
Those are awesome! Used them for years, they are the perfect way to dab paint into a chip.



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