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Old 07-13-2012, 05:05 PM   #203
MattTHEpainter
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Originally Posted by chet24 View Post
How do you buff out touch up paint? I just filled in a few chips and one decent scratch and I am trying to get them to blend in, and I need to know what to use so I don't buy $100 worth of useless stuff.


I realize I'm not a pro and maybe I screwed up already, but this is my first car and I am not too worried about it. I'm more looking for experience to take better care of a future car.
You didn't do a bad job, and from a few feet back I'm sure it's barely noticeable. Touch up paint will yield a decent result, but far from perfection.

To "buff it out" try to fill the chip/scratch with paint, and slowly build up the level to the surrounding paint. Dab/fully cure/dab/repeat. Avoid getting a lot of rouge paint on the surrounding clear. Once the paint is cured you can try to wet sand with 2000 grit, use a block to sand flat, then buff with a rotary buffer and compound.
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