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Old 10-05-2019, 09:25 AM
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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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