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My scratch-magnet CTR has inherited yet another chip (makes me so angry). It looks as though some careless oaf has opened a door into it or caught it with a shopping trolley.

What I'm looking at is a small chip, no more than three millimetres tall and six across but the paint simply isn't there, so it does stand out when you get near the car.

I bought a touch-up pen a year or two ago but never got round to using it as I couldn't really see how it would improve things (I couldn't see how an amateurish red smudge would improve matters much). Has anyone had any reasonable success with these things? Do they make a clear improvement?

Though the instructions on the pen set have faded, I assume you put the primer on first, let it dry (one to two hours) then work it over with the paint? The chip is clean, so no rust or dirt involved etc. I have also read that you should use a cocktail stick to apply the paint but is the chip too large for a pen job?

Rewind to 2009: I wish I'd bought a silver one (though at the time had no real idea how chip-prone the Milano Red paint seems to be). :(
Indeed, I'm even thinking of selling up and getting something less likely to attract chips and chavs.
 

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I just inherited a thumbnail size chip with scrape mark just below.
Someone must have bashed it with something walking past.
Wouldnt mind if it was the upper bumper but is 1" along the wing instead.
Still deciding the best thing to do about it.

Would a pen be pointless ?
 

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Yeah touch up pens are fine they cover alot of chips pretty well (or at least so you are not raging anymore). As has been said previous use the smallest artist brush you can get (ebay) and make it a masterpiece :)

I even went as far to get some wet and dry sand paper in various grades but I haven't had to use it yet.
 

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I just inherited a thumbnail size chip with scrape mark just below.
Someone must have bashed it with something walking past.
Wouldnt mind if it was the upper bumper but is 1" along the wing instead.
Still deciding the best thing to do about it.

Would a pen be pointless ?
a pen will cover it but it will still bug you as it will never be perfect.

 

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I have mastered the art of using touchup paint. I place a drop of paint on the chip then quickly and lightly wipe your finger over the paint really quickly to scim over it. Then remove the excess with a clean cloth before it drys. You may need to do this several time to build up the level of the paint, it works for me. Or use a needle to apply the paint carefully if you aren't brave.
 

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Tried touching up a chip I had on my roof (was starting to rust slightly, so was an urgent repair). I've got a milano, so order the repair kit from paint 4U.

Cleaned it with the IPA solution, then applied 2 layers of base coat with the application spears. The chip was that small I only had room for the base coat, so missed out on the lacquer.

Gave it a fairy liquid wet sand with 2000 (probably needed another at 2500), and then polished by hand using the polish in the kit. Going to give it a run over with my DA and Menzerna polishes later.

Results are not too bad. Sorry I don't have pictures, will try next time I attack the bonnet. The paint filling is slightly darker, but the finish is smooth. Looks like it may be hard, if not impossible to acheive perfection.
 
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