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What Do I Do If My Paint Gets Chipped?

How to Fix Chipped Paint on Your Car

No matter how new, or old, our cars are, we all like them to look nice. However, when we find a chip in the paint it can feel like the world is ending. Okay, maybe we’re being dramatic, but it does ruin the clean and shiny look we like for our cars. Luckily, you can fix your chipped paint by yourself. Join us as we teach you how to fix the chipped paint on your car.


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Get your car looking brand new again

person using small brush to paint chipped paint on car
  1. Clean the chip. Using soap and water, clean the area where the paint has chipped. Only do a few swirls as rubbing too much can damage the clearcoat over the paint. Then apply automotive polishing compound over the chip to soften the edges. After the compound is applied, clean the finish with denatured alcohol.
  2. Apply primer. Using the end of a match for better precision, apply the paint primer within the car paint chip. Make sure that you only touch the edges of the surrounding paint. Let the primer dry for an hour before doing the next step.
  3. Paint the chip. After making sure you have the correct paint color, apply the first layer of paint onto the chip. Once the first layer dries, apply a second coat. Allow the paint to cure for a few days before rubbing out the edges with polishing compound to blend it in with the rest of the car.  

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