Car Paint Chips:
Do-It-Yourself Kits for Professional Results

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It's a jungle out there on the roads and car paint chips are a reality of life. Just like cars, paint chips come in many forms and sizes. As a car detailing professional, I can tell you that now you have more options than ever.

As a professional, I can also tell you that the right tool is often the key to superior results. This is also key for car paint scratch and chip repair. As car enthusiasts looking to enhance our cars, or someone looking to simply retain the value of your car, repairing the paint chips and scratches is a big step towards the overall beauty and value of your car.

The Difference is Always in the Details

As I am often quoted as saying, "The difference is all about the details." In this situation, what I am trying to get across to you is that at a casual observation you will consider the hassle too great, and the pay off too small to go through the trouble of repairing the car paint chips of your car. So let me speak from experience:

  • You simply don't realize how much all those tiny little paint chips detract from the beauty of your car.
  • You simply don't realize how much better your car will look by doing something as simple as filling and repairing those paint chips in your car's paint.
  • Many of you have tried the car touch-up paint from the dealership only to get poor results.
  • Most of you do not know of the latest paint chip and scratch repair kits available.

Speaking from Experience

While most people would recognize how a combination of the "good" kind of details enhance the overall look and value of your car, the combination of the "bad" kind of details has the opposite effect.

Car paint chips, miscellaneous broken items, dull paint, dirty wheels, etc., etc., all combine to bring your cars beauty down; and down goes your love and concern for it.

By taking time repairing the miscellaneous scratches, surface marks, and road rash, you can help restore the beauty and value of your car, while at the same time restoring the love affair with your car!


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As you can see in the pictures above, the results are dramatic when you take the time to deal with the many types of damages that will happen to your car. Imagine the ability to do this same type of quality repair on the front facing edges of your own car!

Repairing Car Paint Chips and Road Rash

As I said before, most of you do not know about the latest in do-it-yourself road rash and paint chip repair kits available on the market today.

Based on your needs and the types of car paint chips and scratches you are trying to repair, will determine the type of kit you will require.

Car Paint Chips: Get some touch-up paint from the dealership that is the original factory color and use one of the kits below to apply and blend in the factory applied touch-up paint to your car

Car Paint Scratches: Use the Turtle Wax car paint scratch repair kit to sand away and and polish the scratch away from your paint.

Langka Complete Paint Chip Repair Kit

  • This kit does NOT contain the actual paint
  • Purchase the factory touch-up paint you get at the car dealership to be used along with this kit
  • This kit is designed to create a "blob-free" fix that is a common problem when attempting to use the factory touch-up paint by itself

Repairing Car Paint Scratches

The next thing on our list is the miscellaneous scratches that will be found on your car. For any deep scratches that have gone down to metal or well below the clear coat, using factory touch-up paint along with one f the kits above from above will be your answer for these heavy duty scratches.

For all the hair-line scratches that really have no room for any form of touch-up paint as they are so fine and superficial, then the kits below are your solution. Yes, there are scratch removal compounds that are sold, but they are only good for the finest of scratches that have zero edge to them.

For any hairline scratch that you can catch any type of edge with your fingernail, but are confident it has not gone through the clear coat, the Turtle Wax or 3M kit below is your answer.

Turtle Wax Car Paint Scratch Repair

Turtle Wax T-234KT Premium Grade Scratch Repair Kit

  • My favorite "all-in-one" car paint scratch repair kit
  • Individual sanding discs in different grades
  • Finishing polish to remove sanding marks and restore depth and shine to your car paint

3M Scratch Repair Kit

3M 39071 Scratch Removal System

  • For any hairline scratches. (and I truly mean hairline)
  • Do what I call the fingernail test: see how much of an edge you can catch with your fingernail as you drag your fingernail across the scratch.
  • The more significant the edge is, the less likely you will be able to remove completely.
  • But with that said, you can still sand and polish the edges off so you are often able to diminish the appearance of the scratch even if full removal is not possible.
  • This kit can be used by hand if you have no drill motor (or simply a drill if you are not familiar with the difference between a drill bit, and a drill motor)
  • This kit works best when used with a drill motor as it greatly speeds up the process.

Darren's Professional Tips to Repair Car Paint Chips:

Since I work on so many cars each week and the question continually comes up from my customers, I do my best to help people maintain realistic expectations for their cars. So use this checklist in determining the best solution for you and your car:

  • If your car suffers from the road rash syndrome, use the Langka system with the factory touch-up paint.
  • If you have deep, all the way through to the metal, type of scratch that has an actual valley or some width to it which you could realistically lay some touch-up paint into, also go with the Langka kit combined with your factory touch-up paint.
  • If you have the very fine, hairline scratches that are individual scratches that you can either NOT catch an edge with your finger nail, or barely catch and edge with your finger nail, then the Turtle Wax or 3M kit is your ticket to removing these type of scratches.

repairing chips on car paintHere I am using my professional car paint chip repair system. Not appropriate for you, but as a professional that performs this service on a regular basis, it performs great!

I hope the info and tips here will help you not only repair those car paint chips, but increase the overall appearance of your car. After all..the difference really is in the details. And having unsightly chips and scratches on your car are the kind of details that diminish the overall value and appearance of your car.


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