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Old 18-01-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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Stone Chip Repair Guide

A common sight on everyone's bonnet is stone chips unless you've just had it re-sprayed but even then they are still inevitable!







So after spotting a few on mine I thought I would have a go at repairing them after reading a couple of repair guides. Firstly I got hold of some touch up paint from Paints4U you can alternatively just buy a touch up stick from the stealers but for the same price i got a 100ml tin of paint and 30ml clear lacquer which was a perfect colour match too it also came with a fine artists brush.

I also got some IsoPropyl alcohol to clean out all the dirt, crap, polsh & wax from the stone chips, once this was done i went round filling the chips with paint and making sure the paint filled the chip and not the area around it as this can easily be done if you use a brush thats too thick you need to fill the chip so that the paint is raised over the area of the chip.

once left to dry the bonnet looked like this with blobs of paint



the wet & dry paper I used was Meguiars unigrit 2500

The next job was to wet sand the blobs of paint down to the same level as the existing paint and the best way i found to do this and keep the repairs to the local area was to wrap a small bit of sandpaper around the end of a flat piece of plastic (aka a bicyle inner tube remover!) or a pencil and gently rub down the raised paint and then level it out with the rest of the surface.

i used plenty of water with fairy liquid which foamed up nicely and acted as a good lubricant and also soaked the sandpaper in some fairy liquid before hand.

some nice sanding marks afterwards!








these were easily removed using my porter cable polisher with a "4 lake & country orange light cut pad & Menzerna Intensive polish, the whole bonnet was then followed up with Menzerna Final Finish Polish (P085RD) with a "6 Sonus SFX blue finishing pad and 2 coats of Collinite 476s wax.

if you don't have a porter cable you can easily remove the sanding scratches by hand using 3M Perfect-It III fine cut compound

i can't see the chips anymore!






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Old 18-01-2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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xcellent right up m8..........How long did you leave the paint on before adding the clearing...... then how long did you leave it to dry ?

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Great write up Ive got to get my chips done and every time someone posts on this topic it gives me the confidence to go and do the job just waiting to get a break in the weather!

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Old 18-01-2007, 10:54 PM   #4
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xcellent right up m8..........How long did you leave the paint on before adding the clearing...... then how long did you leave it to dry ?

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i initially filled the chips then left overnight and touched up a few that needed touching up left for 24 hours again then sanded and polished after
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great write up! i too have a pot of touch up paint from paints 4 u. Can i ask why did you buy extra laquer? as it says on there site the touch up paints have laquer mixed in?
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I dont have a porter cable. When you say you can do it by hand with the 3M product is it something that is gona take hours of elbow numbing polishing or would you say its quite easy? I have a MINI so the paint is hard.

Great Write up! Think I will be giving this a go soon!
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no, u can get the marks out with sonus sfx1 by hand a good combo by hand is a yellow sfx spot pad and sfx 1.
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I'm tempted to give this a go on my car, i'm just worried about wrecking it :S
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I'm tempted to give this a go on my car, i'm just worried about wrecking it :S

Why dont you practise on a scrap panel first !

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I need to do mine, my bonnet is actually embarrassing under artificial light.

Nice write up!
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