Paint scratch repair

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Paint scratch repair

Post by Gareth Wales » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:30 pm

Although the words Granny, Eggs and Suck may come to mind, I’ll make no further apologies before sharing my way of dealing with scratches and paint imperfections which are too marked to be successfully treated by rubbing and flatting compounds of the G3 and T-cut ilk.
Tear an irregular, jagged-edge hole in a sheet of newspaper big enough to surround the damage, with an inch or so margin. Tape the masking paper in place and spray undercoat, topcoat(s) and lacquer coats as usual , When the last application has flashed, remove the paper and wait around two weeks for the paint to harden, Then compound as usual. I’ve found that trying to touch in scratches with a fine brush or similar never really works, and , even during the two week wait the repair is almost invisible particularly with a jagged-edge paint patch.
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A really excellent fine and final cutting compound can be made up from a paste of cornflower - this tip comes with due acknowledgement to to the respected and much-missed AlanS

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Post by MULLEY » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:35 pm

Does that technique work on metalic?

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Post by Terry Brooks » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:53 pm

At the risk of "hi jacking" Gareth's thread :oops: ........the way I've dealt with metallics is as Gareth describes ...and then tear a slightly larger hole in another sheet of newspaper and apply clear laquer over the touch up,and then rub down after a week or so.
I did a reasonable repair on a mates BMW :oops: :oops: [he's a good mate and not yer typical Beemer driver .....honest! :P :oops: :wink: ] .....where the laquer had started to lift.
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Post by Gareth Wales » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:18 pm

Works well with metallic- that's what I've got.
Terry's idea of enlarging the paint window is something I'd recommend.

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Post by MULLEY » Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:16 pm

Cheers for that, might try that when i get some free time. Will post results of course (perhaps before & after piccies as well).

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Re: Paint scratch repair

Post by Way2go » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:38 am

Gareth Wales wrote:- this tip comes with due acknowledgement to to the respected and much-missed AlanS
:?: AlanS still posts the occasional one but yes, the frequent and detailed postings are missed. :(

Hopefully you are OK Alan? :?
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