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Old 08-26-2002, 02:35 PM
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Angry Paint Chips...

Ok, this made me VERY mad...well I still am but....ok I live in Indiana, some reason the state/county's have yet to learn how to take care of roads but, I was going down a road that had recently been "chip&sealed" which they put tar on it then gravel chips on and let the cars push the gravel down into the tar....obvisuly most people dont care about there car but it had rained recently and a truck flew by in the oppisite direction and went through a puddle in the road and threw rocks and water all over my car. 3 paint chips in the hood and a small one on the door. Can this be repaired without having the whole hood and door repainted? I got my bumper scratched (in a parking lot not by me) and I took it to a body shop and they said they would have to repaint the whole bumper. I dont really want the whole hood and door repainted but I cant live with chips in the paint. What do I ask for, where can I go? A good body shop?

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Old 08-26-2002, 04:16 PM
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Unless you can afford to spend money lavishly, I wouldn't even consider a total panel repaint on a daily driver unless it got to the point where the chips outnumbered the painted areas by a factor of 2...

I say this because one of the hazards of driving your MB is that "chips happen", especially with the newer MBs that were sprayed with water-based paints and are less resistant to chipping than the earlier polymers.

You can bet that as soon as you drive out of the body shop with a fresh coat of paint, another pebble with your name on it will ricochet across your hood within a week!

Save the repaint for massive paint wear or actual body damage...spot painting is much more economical for treating the inevitable chips that will grace your MB over the course of your ownership.

There are body shops that do offer spot painting services...I used one when I lived in KC. My daughter (then 1 1/2) decided to use the passenger door on my then-show-competition VW as a drum head...using the business end of a screwdriver as the drumstick! The shop touched up the 20+ nicks for $35...and you could barely tell they were even there!

Try "touch-up" or "spot-painting" as a lookup when you peruse the auto body facilities in your directory.
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Old 08-26-2002, 04:17 PM
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Here's an idea on technique... http://www.carcareonline.com/paint_chips.html
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Old 08-26-2002, 04:52 PM
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I also recommend the tips for car care online. I followed it to the T and the chips turned out perfect.

Make sure you take your time time time...Also, be sure not to put too much touch up paint on the toothpick. Be sure to spend the money and get the MB touch up sticks...

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Old 09-16-2002, 11:30 PM
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Where can i buy touch-up paint for my 1989 420 sel?
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Old 09-17-2002, 08:56 PM
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ANYONE!
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Old 09-17-2002, 09:37 PM
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Dealer has brush paint to color code. Here's a place also.... http://www.paintscratch.com/touch-up-paint-moreinfo.htm
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Old 10-03-2002, 09:56 AM
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Try this place.


http://www.towerpaint.com/
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Old 10-03-2002, 03:39 PM
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Try this, www.langka.com. I haven't used it yet, but those who have here say it works very well on paint chips. I eliminated the blob of paint normally left by tough-up paints. I'm actually going to order some today to fix a rock chip on my wofe's PT Cruiser.

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