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Old 07 Oct 2009, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Scratch/chip repair

My scoob has got a few scratches/stone chips in the paint from the previous owner. Having a look around Halfords I noticed there are a lot of scratch repair kits to choose from.

Just wondered if anyone can reccomend one that works he best?
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Old 09 Oct 2009, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Scratch/chip repair

Really, no one on here has had to repair a scratch or a chip?
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Old 09 Oct 2009, 09:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Scratch/chip repair

How bad are the scratches?

Tbh, to ensure it was done properly I'd get a pro to do it. Unless you know what you are doing could end up looking cack. To repair properly would likely involve wet sanding the area back and use of a machine polisher.

Heres a guide for the stone chips. Not sure I'd try it on my car until I was fairly competent with a rotary polisher.

Stone Chip Repair Guide - Detailing World

Also, try messaging UKdave, he's the guy to as on here for advice regarding bodywork.
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Old 09 Oct 2009, 09:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Scratch/chip repair

The scratches are not too bad, mainly around the door lock area where a previous owner has fumbled about in the dark with the keys before the alarm was fitted. Stone chips are more noticable when you look closer.

I wouldn't like to try doing anything involving sanding and spray work, I was more interested in what people thought of the "repair kits" you can buy in Halfords and other car shops and if they actually work.
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Old 09 Oct 2009, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Scratch/chip repair

I've done small repairs on previous cars. Not easy to get a good finish though.
Marks around door handles are not usually deep and are usually only in the
laquer. More often than not these can be polished out. Slightly deeper ones
can be removed with 2000 grit wet 'n dry (used very wet and gently) then polish with AG ERP. Don't go through to the base coat!! Once you start applying paint then things become much more difficult.
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Re: Scratch/chip repair

As above really, polich out any surface scratches but it isn't worth trying to touch in any chips, it always looks awful. Either get a professional scratch and chip guy or have the panel repainted.
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Re: Scratch/chip repair

Wouldn't bother with a repair kit. Ones here contain fine grit sandpaper anyway, but dunno about halfords. Just get some abrasive polish like Scatch X or even T-cut and have a go yourself. Just be careful round the locks as the paint there is quite thin.

Stone chips will need to be done professionally imo. If you do a bad job will look worse. Have loads of stone chips on front of my bonnet and lower half of front doors, but tbh don't bother me too much and there is no avoiding them if you want to drive your car.
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