Working on your car body can be a little bit intimidating. Many car owners are understandably worried that they might make the problem worse. For instance, you don't want to try and fix a small paint chip and end up damaging a larger area. But, if you don't fix even the smallest paint chip, it could turn into a bigger problem down the road. Here is a great way to quickly fix small paint chips. The best part about this process is that it does not require any scary sanding of your car paint.
Get the Right Touch-Up Paint
To start off, you want to make sure you have the right product for the job. Touch-up auto paint is commonly sold at auto stores and car dealerships. You can often save yourself some trouble by getting your product directly from the dealership. This way you can be absolutely certain that it is the right color for your year and model of car. These touch-up paints come in small bottles that are about the size of a bottle of nail polish. They also come with a handy brush built into the lid. As long as your damaged area is less than a couple of square inches, this brush will work just fine.
Cleaning and Painting the Chip
The first step to repairing your paint chip is cleaning it. Use some basic liquid cleaner and a rag to thoroughly remove any dirt or rust from the area. Make sure the area is completely dry before you start to actually apply the paint. Your paint application will probably require a few coats. You won't be able to get complete coverage with just one coat, but make sure you allow adequate drying time before each coat, or you will leave behind a rough finish.
Buff Out the Paint Chip
The only special tool you need for this job is a buffer. The most convenient and quickest way to buff out your painted area is with a buffing attachment for a power drill. In just a few seconds, you can buff the painted area to help it blend in with the original paint.
It will be impossible to make your painted area blend in perfectly. But, it will still look much better than if you don't repair the chip at all. Over time, thanks to inevitable sun fading, the new and old paint will start to match better. If you have larger paint chips that you'd prefer to have a professional handle, contact an auto body repair shop in your area.