Chipping car paint can be caused by numerous things, and unfortunately, you can’t prevent it. From temperature fluctuations, moisture, and bird droppings to rocks, stones, and salt, your car is likely to have chipped paint at some point. This can be a sight for sore eyes. However, depending on how long you let it chip, you can repair it.
Here are the best ways to repair paint chips on your car:
Consider a Paint Chip Repair Kit
The easiest way to repair paint chips on your car is to get a paint chip repair kit. Depending on the severity of your chips, there are various repair kit options. In order to accurately choose the kit you need, be sure to measure the chip.
Do It Yourself
If you don’t want to get a paint repair kit, you can do it yourself. Here are the steps to repairing your car with paint chips:
Wash and dry your car. You want to wash and dry all the flaky particles from your car before you start repairing it. Wash the chipped paint area well to ensure all chips flake off.
Use sandpaper to make the area smooth. Only sand the area with the chip. If it is bigger than a quarter sized chip, you may want to consider getting professional help with this step.
Wash and dry your car again. This may seem redundant, but it is important to get any sanding residue off your car before you continue to fix the chip. Residue can affect the paint and sealant.
Match the color of your car with a brand of car paint. You can use the chip from your car to get the exact match to your car.
Use a small paint brush. You don’t want to use a brush bigger than the chipped section of the car. Use a small paint brush to gently dab the paint onto the chipped section of the car.
Get some sealant. In order to prevent the chip from re-chipping, you will want to put a car paint sealant on the area you painted. This sealant will help protect it from water, moisture, and other aspects that cause chipping.
Polish your car. Take time to polish your car after the paint and sealant has dried. The polish will help smooth out any rough edges, seal, and protect your car from any further damage.
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