Fixing A Chipped Paint Spot On Your Vehicle

If you had a rock chip a piece of your paint off of your vehicle, you can easily do a repair on your own. With a little time and some knowledge on how to do the repair, your vehicle will be back to looking like new in a few days.

Getting The Supplies

You will want to take a trip to your local auto parts store to see if they have your auto paint in stock. If not, you should be able to get it from an auto dealer. Take a look in your vehicle manual to get the code number and ask for a paint pen in the color specified. You will want to have the following items on hand to do the repair:

  • Mild detergent
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Bucket of water
  • Paint pen in auto color
  • Paint polish
  • Sandpaper
  • Buffing pad
  • Electric drill

Cleaning The Area

Use a non-abrasive sponge to apply water mixed with a mild-detergent to your vehicle. You will want to clean the entire area where you will be applying the paint so that it will stick without a problem. Cleaning will also remove any small pieces of debris that may have become embedded in the chipped area. Clean the area completely and allow to dry before adding color.

Painting Your Vehicle

A paint pen will work in the same manner as if you were using a nail polish brush. Simply dab the color on top of the area where you see the metal. You will want to paint over the existing paint so the color will blend in with what is already on the vehicle. Take your time and color the area completely. You will want to let the area dry for a full 24 hours before doing another application. To get the best results, you will want to do four to five coatings of paint, allowing a full day to dry in between coats.

Sanding And Buffing

After you have added all the color you will need, you will want to add a bit of paint polish to the top layer before sanding. Sand down the painted area gently, making sure to sand along the edges of where the existing paint was, as well, so it will all blend in uniformly when completed. After sanding, put some more paint polish on the edge of a buffing pad. Attach this to an electric drill and turn on so it will start to spin. Apply the polish to your vehicle, buffing by moving the drill in a circular motion. For assistance, to talk an auto body repair specialist.


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