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Old 04-13-1999, 11:07 AM
E.A. Allen
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I've stumbled on a pretty good review of "paint chip repair/finish" procedures, however, they recommend masking off the chiped/scratched area.

Is there any concern of paint peel when I remove the masking tape? Is there masking tape made exclusivly for this process?

Your Thoughts...

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Old 04-13-1999, 12:03 PM
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I don't know about the tape, but is this process description online? Could you make it available? I'd be very interested in reading it.
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Old 04-13-1999, 02:40 PM
E.A. Allen
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Found Some 3M Automotive Masking Tape!

As for the procedure...It came from a Chilton Manual #8394 on "Auto Detailing" ($24 at Barnes & Noble). I would be happy to copy, (about 3 pages with photos...sorry no scanner), and fax to you.

Readers Digest Version:
1) Prepare Surface (Clean w/ cotton swab to remove wax/polish and dirt, allow to dry)
2) Mask of the minor scratch or chip
3) Apply a little Touch-up with #2 Art brush
4) Apply paint to meet or exceed the surface
5) Allow to dry for 3 - 5 days
6) May need to repeat several thin layers
7) Wet sand touch up area using 800-1200 Grit until level with surface paint.
8) Use a polishing compound to rub out scratches left by sanding.
9) Remove Masking Tape
10)Then glaze, polish, and wax.

FYI, the manual said it's close to impossible to get a good repair on metalic paints.

[This message has been edited by E.A. Allen (edited 04-13-99).]
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Old 04-13-1999, 07:03 PM
Lee Scheeler
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Applying touch-up paint above the level of the paint and then sanding down is why I advocate building up the chip from the inside up in small layers. By slowly building the chip-site back up close to the surface height you don't have to sand and cause great trauma to that area of the paint.
If you apply a small bit of base-coat and more clearcoat it tends to match the rest of the surface better. I wouldn't tape unless you are into making a bigger production out of it than it really has to be. Even if you don't use a syringe to inject the paint you can use a sharp toothpick to dispense the factory touch-up paint into the chip MUCH more precisely than that big ole brush that comes with it. This method yields a virtually undetectable patch on MB "Brilliant Silver".
If you have already or accidentally slopped more paint on the site than you intended and you intend to wet-sand there are some other ways. You can try using 1500-2000 grit glued to a small wooden block about the size of a pool-cue chalk.(1 inch cube) Its more labor intensive but paint IS permanent. The perfectly flat surface lets you only touch the raised area if you are VERY careful. Once finished wet-sanding you will want to use #9 Meguiar's Swirl, then Meguiar's polish, then wax. As always you clean the area being touched of all dirt, grime, wax, etc.

Just my thoughts and experience...Lee

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