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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    Not sure how I missed this earlier. I'm subscribing.

    Thanks Mike!
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    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    I have been looking at getting a couple brushes but somehow always lose the motivation on that one.

    Mike if you are still around, do you remember the size of the paint brush?

    I don't know if 0 would be too small and really am stuck on what size to get.
    At about $8.00 for an artist oil brush, it would be helpful to know if sizes 0 thru 2 or 4 are ideal.

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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    Thanks for posting such a great article!

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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    As finer of a brush as possible for the chip scratch size.

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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    Quote Originally Posted by bluelaser2 View Post
    As finer of a brush as possible for the chip scratch size.
    I know but all scratches are not created equal.
    Like I said they are not cheap to make a guessing purchase.
    Maybe a 00, 0, or 1. Ideally I would get a couple of the ideal size. The 0000 looks to have 2 bristles.
    For interior painting I can use a 2 1/2" or 3" brush for 'everything'. It has to be the best brush, Wooster or Purdy do.

    I don't really want to buy a whole set or a bunch of baby brushes I will never use with detailing money.


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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    I don't know the exact size of the brush I used, but it was probably a "0" or "1" You're certainly better going too small rather than too large, especially if you're looking at filling in longer scratches.
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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    I don't know the exact size of the brush I used, but it was probably a "0" or "1" You're certainly better going too small rather than too large, especially if you're looking at filling in longer scratches.
    What i was thinking too.

    Try to get a brush smaller than the chip size, and a pair of those dental binoculars would help.

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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    I've also benefited from this thread, and I've used this technique with a brush, also varying it with the typical $20 "paint pen" you can find at your local stores (when my touch-up paint ran out). The pens come with clear at one end, and a close enough color on the other (somehow they only seem to stock Toyota and Chrysler paint matches). In my case with black, it's obviously a perfect match (minus the pearl/metallic, but for a small chip, that won't matter). The pens have a very small applicator tip for getting that crucial drop of paint into the small chips. Otherwise, my approach is much the same, with 1500/3000 sanding, machine compounding, polishing, wax, etc.

    While I enjoy these projects every few months, I try not to get too stressed out about it (emphasis on try). New chips will appear within days after driving on the interstates, anyway, per Murphy's Law. I think of the repair as temporary-to-permanent, rather than perfection, although smaller chips can disappear completely with this technique. The chips where I've come short against Mike's skill level, I can always return later and touch them up again
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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    Darn a 2 is to big. Looks like maybe a 00 would be the one.
    I did some swabs on the inside of an ERA measuring cup.


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    Re: Chip and scratch repair

    Great article Mike!

    I bought some color match paint from the dealer and it seemed to work fine without using clear on top; but I didn't use your technique of sanding, then buffing.

    Was using some fine grit sanding blocks (foam) from Hobby Lobby, of all places. But wasn't as aggressive with the sanding as i should have been, nor did I buff properly afterward.

    Will look at some more aggressive buffing compounds and reattack the scratch on my passenger side door.

    Great advice!

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