How to Touch Up Chipped Paint on Your Vehicle

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, General Information on Friday, July 24th, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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Many people enjoy taking care of their vehicles. For some people that means doing their own maintenance, and for others, it means doing cosmetic work to enhance the style. No matter which person you are, there’s nothing more annoying than seeing a chip in your vehicle’s paint. Although this can be frustrating, the solution is very simple. In this post, we will be teaching you how to touch up chipped paint on your vehicle. Keep reading to learn this quick fix!


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Tools you will need

Before we go ahead with this tutorial, it’s good to know what supplies you will need to complete the job. This fix is only for chips that are fresh. It will not work for chips that are rusted with paint lifting at the edges. With that in mind, here are the tools you will need:

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Matches
  • Polishing compound
  • Touch-up paint
  • Soap and water
  • Primer

Make the chip disappear in a few steps

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  1. Clean the paint chip. Start with cleaning the paint chip area with soap and water. Dry the area with a soft cotton cloth to avoid making the chip bigger. Then apply a small dab of the polishing compound to the paint chip. Only do about a dozen swirls to avoid damaging the clear coat.
  2. Apply denatured alcohol. Applying the denatured alcohol will remove any wax or grime that has remained behind. Only use a small amount to avoid flooding the area.
  3. Apply paint primer with match. After the alcohol has dried, use the butt end of a match to apply paint primer. Only fill the area within the paint chip just touching the edges of the surrounding area. Wait about an hour for the primer to dry fully.
  4. Paint the chipped area. Once the primer has dried, apply a small coat onto the paint chip over the primer coat. Wait an hour before applying a second coat. If needed, apply another coat after waiting another hour. Allow the paint to cure for a few days before applying the polishing compound again to feather out the edges.

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Vehicle service at Airport Kia of Naples

If you have a paint chip that has gotten to the point of rusting and peeling, schedule an appointment at Airport Kia of Naples today. Our highly-trained service team will get your paint looking fresh and new in no time. Any questions you have can be answered by calling 877-747-6211.

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