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Need help!, should I waste my $ with dealer touch up paint or have the body shop fix it. The chip is about the size of a pencil eraser and its right below the window on the drivers side back door. My truck is silver and this chip jumps out at you:sosad: . Thanks
 

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In my opinion, I would just use the touchup paint. I had a larger chip some time back on my fender, and I debated for a month over justifying the cost of professional repair versus a free can of touchup paint from the dealer. I finally came to reason and decided to touch it up myself and I was very satifisfied. Just keep in mind...more chips will come, they are inevitable and getting each professionaly repaired would be quite expensive to say the least. With care, you can certainly eliminate the chip as an eyesore and make it almost unnoticeable at a couple of feet distance. Then again, there are some detail junkies on here who would probably sell their firstborn for a flawless paint job ;)
 

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Pb said:
You can do it. Do you have any experience with wetsand paper and a buffer?

I fixed some chips in my hood. Check my CarDomain. http://www.cardomain.com/ride/832238/9

And check this. http://www.guidetodetailing.com/articles.php?articleId=27
WOW That's good info PB's The only thing I am concerned about is that the bottle of touch up paint doesn't have the hardening agent in them so the touch up spot will never cure to its full extent.
But I guess for small areas it's a great idea!!
 

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The chips I repaired are over a year old, and I bet you could never find where they were. The key to a long lasting chip repair is cleaning the area before painting and getting it smooth with the factory paint. It usually takes several layers of paint to get it up to the level of the stock paint. Let it cure for a few days, then wetsand and polish. Good as new.
 

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I wouldn't use touchup paint for anything bigger than a pencil eraser.
 

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See if you can find the repaired chips in this picture. There were 2 of them that were a little smaller than a pencil eraser.

 

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Where's the pic?
 

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Pb said:
See if you can find the repaired chips in this picture. There were 2 of them that were a little smaller than a pencil eraser.


I'm guessing inside the two red circles...did I get it right? :lol:


Sorry, but it was 2AM and I was feeling sleep deprived.
 

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Got2LuvBlakTaco said:
Pb said:
See if you can find the repaired chips in this picture. There were 2 of them that were a little smaller than a pencil eraser.


I'm guessing inside the two red circles...did I get it right? :lol:


Sorry, but it was 2AM and I was feeling sleep deprived.
Nope.
 

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Yo PB im going to remove my bug defelector and show you the areas where im planning on using the touch up paint, wetsand paper and polish.. But before i treat the areas mabye you can tell me if i should do it or not. Ill post pics later im just bumping the thread.
 

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K so i removed the bug deflector but i remebered i installed some clear 3m tape on behind it. Whats a tip to remove the residue. Shits on there really good. Anyone got any tip on what to use to get the residue off?

 

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TrdTacoma84 said:
K so i removed the bug deflector but i remebered i installed some clear 3m tape on behind it. Whats a tip to remove the residue. Shits on there really good. Anyone got any tip on what to use to get the residue off?

I have this foam engine cleaner that takes that off but i have only tried it on the license plate and not the car paint itself. But yeah get that off before you come tot he meet!
 
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