How To Repair Paint Chips
Paint chip repair is simple when you have the right products. Dr. ColorChip and Langka both make excellent paint chip repair kits that render paint chips nearly invisible.
A paint chip is characterized by an absence of paint. A rock or debris has literally chipped the paint away. To fix paint chips, you need to fill them with paint and then blend it flush with the surrounding paint. The blending is the tricky part, but Dr. ColorChip and Langka make it easy with their complete paint chip repair kits.
Autogeek has two kits designed to fill and repair paint chips and road rash. Road rash is a large number of small paint chips. Road rash often occurs on the hood or behind the tires where rocks are kicked up.
Choose either the Dr. ColorChip Road Rash Kit or the Langka Paint Chip Repair Kit and follow these simple instructions:
Dr. ColorChip Paint Chip & Road Rash Repair Instructions:
Before repairing the paint, make sure the vehicle is clean and dry. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any existing touch-up paint.
Step 1: Apply the paint with a brush. Then lightly smear the paint with your thumb until the paint is flat and flush across the chip. Reapply the paint as needed until the chip is uniformly filled. If smeared properly, the paint will be dry to the touch within a minute. For road rash, the paint may be applied to a T-shirt rag, then smeared across the panel to quickly address hundreds of tiny chips at once. (A T-shirt is best because it is a very flat, smooth fabric.)
STEP 2: Use Dr. ColorChip's blending solution to remove excess paint. Apply the solution to a soft, folded T-shirt rag and lightly rub over the excess paint. The paint will begin blending away after a few passes with the cloth. Use a soft microfiber towel to buff off the residual solution to an amazing shine. This process may be done within 2 minutes to 2 hours after applying the paint. Although the paint is dry to the touch, it will still take about a week to fully cure. However, it may be immediately exposed to water without coming out of the chips.
After you've repaired your paint with a Dr. ColorChip Paint Chip Repair System, wax after one week. Avoid machine polishing the repaired area for at least 30 days. When you do need to polish, Dr. ColorChip recommends using a random orbital polisher and foam pads for the best results over the repaired area.
Langka Paint Chip Repair Kit Instructions:
- Apply PrePaint to a cotton ball
or cloth and wipe out the scratch or chip thoroughly.
- Fill in the
scratch or chip completely, taking care to keep the paint within the
blemish. Allow it to dry for several hours up to 4 days, depending on how
much paint you applied and the climate. When it is no longer tacky to the
touch, it’s dry.
- After the paint has dried, you need to remove the blob of paint that
stands above the paint surface. To do this, wrap the Plastic Card
in a soft cloth. Use an old T-shirt for the best results. Anything
with a nap or that sheds lint will compromise the smoothness of the paint.
Cover the card with the cloth and pull it taut across the card. Twist the excess
cloth in your hand so that the cloth is pulled flat and smooth over the card.
- Once you’ve covered the card in cloth, apply The Blob Eliminator
generously to the flat surface of the card. Rub the card back and forth over the
blob for 15-30 seconds until the blob is gone. When you begin to see paint on
the card, apply less pressure until the blob completely disappears.
- After you’ve removed the excess paint, apply Langka Paint Sealant
to seal and protect the newly-painted area.
Your paint should look as good as new! If the paint pulls out as you are using The Blob Eliminator, the paint may not have dried completely. Try again, but this time, use the plastic card to squeegee over the top of the scratch or chip. Allow it to dry. The paint may shrink. If so, apply more paint and remove the excess with the card. Then use The Blob Eliminator as directed.
Please Note: The Langka Complete Paint Chip Repair Kit is intended for vehicles made in 1990 or later. Do not use it on models before 1965 with their original paint. For models from 1965-1989, test an inconspicuous area first.