In Reply to: Has anybody fixed paint chips on hood posted by black E34 with ugly paint chips on April 09, 1999 at 14:45:54:
Here are some hints I've found helpful when doing touchup on a car.
1 - the objective is to FLOW the touchup paint INTO the chip. DO NOT ever 'paint' with the brush. Touch up paint should NEVER exceed the lip of the chip.
2 - make sure the t/u paint is right consistancy to 'flow'. add some laquer thinner or something if necessary. stringy paint is bad bad bad!
3 - a moderate temperature day is best. Stay out of direct sun, keep the car cool. Refresh the paint on the t/u brush every 30 seconds or so. If it gets too hot, the paint will dry out and get stringy, ruining the 'flow'.
4 - don't try to fill the chip all at once. you may have to go back and fill the same chip several times to get a level surface.
5 - don't try to do all the chips, just get the big obvious ones. touchup is a game where you have to strike the right balance between covering the chip and making your hood look liked a dot factory. trust me, everyone sees less chips than you do...excercise restraint and just go after the really really obvious ones.
hope this helps.....
90 535i 5spd
: Is there anybody who has some advice on fixing paint chips ? I have the clearcoat + touch up paint.
: How do you recommend cleaning up the car before I start the job ? any other tools/things that might help me?
: Any advice would be appreciated
: Thanks in advance