Paint Chip on Hood

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MonkeyMike
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Paint Chip on Hood

Postby MonkeyMike » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:27 am

ive got a paint chip, approx 1/4" diameter, on the front surface of the hood... not on the edge, but on the vertical-ish front surface of the hood.

i cant tell if it was a rock chip, or a paint failure, but either way, the sheet metal is exposed and has started to rust. is there anything i can do myself to fix it?

~mike


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Postby [email protected] Gr33k » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:01 am

Maybe get some touch-up paint and cover it up. If you don't want to do that, you can go to a local body shop. I'm sure most do spot repairs. I need to get a few dings like that fixed. Someone put a nice scratch in the passenger side rear quarter panel and it is down to the sheet metal.

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Postby MonkeyMike » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:11 am

[email protected] Gr33k wrote:Maybe get some touch-up paint and cover it up. If you don't want to do that, you can go to a local body shop. I'm sure most do spot repairs. I need to get a few dings like that fixed. Someone put a nice scratch in the passenger side rear quarter panel and it is down to the sheet metal.
i already talked to the body shop in town. its always more than you expect. i have a cab-door battle scar on the side of my front bumper so i was thinking of getting that fixed too. but most pressing is the rusted spot on the hood. i may just bite the bullet and pay to have it fixed. ... then buy a bug deflector so the leading edge of the hood is protected.

~mike

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Re: Paint Chip on Hood

Postby Npath » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:22 pm

MonkeyMike wrote:ive got a paint chip, approx 1/4" diameter, on the front surface of the hood... not on the edge, but on the vertical-ish front surface of the hood.

i cant tell if it was a rock chip, or a paint failure, but either way, the sheet metal is exposed and has started to rust. is there anything i can do myself to fix it?

~mike
I'd get real fine sandpaper and buff out the rust. Use some paint thinner to clean out the dust and let it dry for a few minutes. Then apply touch up paint to it. I'm no paint/body specialist but that's what I'd do. If it starts to rust again, then I'd seriously suggest taking it to a shop.

Another suggestion is contacting a local dealer. They have body specialists who come by and do small repairs on trade ins. Maybe one of those people can help you out. I'm thinking a body shop may try to rip you off stating the entire hood needs to be repainted.

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Postby AZ_Path » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:25 pm

One alternative to the bug deflector is a clear bra. I personally don't care for the bug deflectors so the clear bra is a nice alternative. You can also have it cover portions of the bumper, mirrors, headlights, & fenders.

As far as the rust goes, if you don't want to pay a body shop, you should be able to lightly sand it yourself to remove the rust and then cover it with touch up paint. A quick google search should provide several how-to's.


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