View Full Version : DIY Paint Repair

05-29-2006, 07:12 PM
There was a large chip (cell phone size) at the edge of my door on the winter car (GM). It was fixed, by having the door corner painted (while having the entire rear fender painted - which turned out great). The door fix turned out very rough (paint felt worse than an orange) and was dull. You could spot it a mile away.

This is what I did to fix it. (Sorry I didn't take all the pics of the fix).

The Fix

A) Cleared the corner again with good quality clear (in a can) by Sherwin Williams. Let it dry for several hours.

B) Wet Sanded it with 1000 grit sandpaper. I used lots of water, and went gentle. I kept touching the paint with my fingers until it was smooth. The end result after this step was:

one more pic

C) Wet Sanded it with 2000 grit sandpaper.. Once again, lots of water, and very gentle. The end result after this step was:

one more pic

D) I then dried the area, and got out the TurtleWax Polishing Compound (Not rubbing). I buffed the area twice. Applied with a sponge and worked it in, and used an older towel to buff it out (did it twice).



After this, I waxed it using Zymol. Products like Zaino wouldn't help here. A single stage Turtle Wax product or similar was needed to bring (complete) out the shine.

The fix isn't perfect, but 100% better than before. It's very smooth, and shines. I'll paint the area again with paint from Sherwin Williams and repeat the process. I worked with what I had (previous paint repair). I've used the same process to fix small rust repairs and blended the area in. Not perfect, but sometimes, you can't even tell.

Hope it helps. Use this info at your own risk. This was just my winter car.. :)

Some of the products I used:

1000 grit (couldn’t find 1500 which I wanted to start with).
2000 grit

TurtleWax Polishing Compound ( I was going to use the rubbing compound in between the 2000 grit and polishing compound, but opted not to. )

05-29-2006, 07:34 PM
Nice write up man *th-up*

05-29-2006, 09:28 PM
Definatly gonna do this on the beater (once i pick, buy and plate the beater):D