07 Jan 3 Ways To Deal With Automotive Rock Paint Chips
No matter how hard we all try, our cars get nasty rock chips from time to time. What do you do with them though? There are three options that you have to choose from.
- You can just let it be. Like the song. Well I’m not sure if that is even a song reference but it sure sounds like it. Some people don’t mind having the rock chips on their hood. Be careful though. If you don’t seal up the chips on your car there is a high risk that rust will start to form and then your paint will start to flake off.
- You can have the auto body shop repaint your car for $500+ a panel. If you want it perfect, this may be the way to go. But, body shops rarely pull off a job that you are 100% satisfied with. I’ve only seen a satisfactory job a few times in my life. Plus your looking at $500 or more per panel.
- You can have a professional fill in your chips using a rock chip paint touch up system. Whether you have deep scratches, hundreds of micro chips or you just have 10 chips you want fixed, paint touch up might be for you. Paint touch up normally runs a minimum of $50 and maxes out at $200. And that is for the whole car.
There was three chips but now there is only two.
This looks a lot easier than it is but once you get a steady and guided hand, the results are great.
Looking very good! It is hard to see in the picture but there is a little texture difference. A whole lot less than when people use a brush and glob it onto the car.
The owner of this car had probably about 30 little chips like these all round her car. For $100 we filled them all in. Now that is a great bang for your buck.
Now let’s talk color matching. Buying a “color matched” paint bottle at the car parts store or the auto dealership rarely matches your paint. There are a lot of reason for it not matching but I’ll just say that even though it is the same car with the same paint code you rarely get the same exact color of paint. It is important to use a color matching system so you are matching the touch up color to the actual car color.
Here we have one of the detailers fixing a few chips for one of the Kansas City Porsche Club guys. It was a really hard color match but turned out near perfect.
And one last. Isaac rocking the flamed out Ford Lightening!
What would you go with? Do you think it is worth it to pay the body shop the $500+ per panel or would you rather spend $100 for your whole car?
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