Originally Posted by mrkrabz
Yeah, that's exactly what I got. It looks great. Only down side is that there is a tiny increase where you repair. It makes it less noticeable, but not perfect.
I had to do some major paint chip repair when I got my car. Probably put 60 hours or so into it. I didn't count the total but I used nearly 100 of those post-it arrow tabs to keep track of all the chips I repaired. Here's how you get rid of that noticeability and what you'll need.
This method does sand down small portions of your clear coat.
The bottle of paint
2000 grit wet sand paper
A few microfiber towels
Rubbing Compound (I used 3M Clear Coat Safe)
A Polish (I used Mcguires Ultimate Polish)
Do not start these steps until the paint inside the chip has had 24 hours to set. It will completely dry within 4 hours of application but it needs time to really set in.
Once you get the repaired spot up to level or slightly above level with the surrounding paint take the 2000 grit sand paper wrap it around the Sponge, wet the sand paper and sponge. Depending on the size of the chip you will want to tear the sand paper into a smaller strip. I used strips about 3/4 inch thick so I could control the area I was sanding. The sponge is to ensure even pressure on the sand paper. You are dealing with your clear coat here so you don't want to sand down too much. Do not put a finger directly pushing on the sand paper, this will result in an uneven sanding pattern.
Sand the area you are repairing and a small area surrounding it with gently circular patterns using the sand paper/sponge. Sand it until the paint you applied is flat with the surrounding paint. The spot you sanded will have a satin-y look to it now, not glossy.
Next take the brush part of the repair paint bottle out and apply over the spot you sanded. Take your thumb and smear it thinly over the area. Let dry for 45 mins or so and sand it down so the entire are is smooth again.
To return the gloss -
use a microfiber towel and a small amount of rubbing compound and some elbow grease to buff out the area that you sanded down. This step will be repeated multiple times. You will see a little bit of improvement with each pass. When I first did this, I had buffed it out 4 or 5 times and was starting to get worried because there were still scratches left from the sanding paper. I kept at it and eventually it all disappeared.
If the paint that you apply to the chip gets small air pockets stuck in it, you will need to sand it down and re-paint it multiple times. Using the ball-point pen applicator seemed to never produce this result, using the brush caused air pockets very infrequently. But if it does happen, it needs to be addressed or it will not look good.
After that you can polish the area with a DA polisher or orbital buffer.