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dbaze540
07-16-2012, 03:03 PM
So i've gotten to the paint repair section of the to-do list on the car, and I'm looking for advice. I've read a lot of articles and watched a lot of videos about it, but I'd like some input from y'all. Ideally, I'd like to buy a kit that I can use, but I'm not sure that will be the case.

So here's what I'm dealing with.

http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/1976/0716121710.jpg

To me, this one is the biggest eyesore. It's all the way down to the metal, and rusting, so I assume I'll need to sand, primer, and clear coat? I could be wrong. What products do you reccommend?

The next one is similar, but a bunch of smaller chips. I'm guessing the PO had children.
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/9426/0716121711b.jpg

As you can see, some are rusted, some aren't. Most of them go all the way to the metal. I assume I would apply basically the same process?

The next one is on the door, and it's actually alot bigger than it looks in the picture. It's about 3-4 inches long, and it has a dent in it too. It looks like someone opened the door into something pretty hard.
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/1276/0716121711a.jpg

I almost think I should leave this one to a professional, because of its size and the fact that its dented. What do you think?

Last but not least are these
http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/4231/0716121711.jpg
These are very small, around 1cm. My concern is that it looks like the paint at the edges of the chips has started to separate and bubble. I really have no idea what to do on these. I guess i should sand it to knock of the separated portion, but my concern is that I'll just make a mess.

Thanks for the help.

dboy11
07-17-2012, 10:02 AM
I wouldn't tackle those on my own. You have some rust issues to deal with. I would try and find a detailer or body shop that does this kind of work. In most cases they use a air brush to fix those. Your results are going to be much better.

dbaze540
07-17-2012, 10:11 AM
I wouldn't tackle those on my own. You have some rust issues to deal with. I would try and find a detailer or body shop that does this kind of work. In most cases they use a air brush to fix those. Your results are going to be much better.

How much do you think it would cost? I know everywhere is different, but what's a general range?

charlesberry
07-18-2012, 09:47 AM
I wouldn't tackle those on my own. You have some rust issues to deal with. I would try and find a detailer or body shop that does this kind of work. In most cases they use a air brush to fix those. Your results are going to be much better.

Air brush - exactly what I was thinking. I have one in my bag of tricks should I ever need it. The chip needs sanding to go down to bare metal, then you primer, paint, and some clear. I use a cordless dremel with a sanding drum on the end to get to bare metal, and then the air brush work continues. Then I use a polisher to blend it all in.

I usually attack my paint chips asap so rust usually is not a problem.

dboy11
07-19-2012, 07:44 AM
How much do you think it would cost? I know everywhere is different, but what's a general range?

I would have no idea sorry. It's not something that I have any experience with