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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 2014, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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What can be done about paint chips?

I have a 2006 mini that I just recently bought. I don't expect the car to be in showroom shape because it is 8 years old. But I am the kind if person who if I notice something wrong with my car it drives me nuts and I have to look At it everyday.

It looks like just chips from rocks on the front, the passenger side has the clear coat missing in spots and one is spot in down to the primer. From a distance you cannot really tell. I have no painting experience and the color is a hard color I would assume, to match and touch up. My mini is a burnt orange color and it changes in different sunlight from different angles I think it's metallic. I don't not see a need to get anything repainted on my car but I really want the spots to be touched up to prevent any further damage.


I also noticed on the hood on three separate spots that the hood looks like a rock hit it and took of a few layers of paint but not down to the primer so it has these craters in it. These really big me. What is the best advice to fix these and keep my paint in good condition?
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I would seek the advice of a local mobile 'Dentman' service like this one in London as an example, some can also invisibly touch in paintwork with various small air brush tools:
Mobile dent repair in London, England - DENTMAN 07774 812 512
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Not too much of a trick. Get the touch up paint and don't use the little brush that usually comes with them. Use a tooth pick. Carefully put the paint inside the chip. Don't get any paint on the top of the good paint surrounding the chip. Let it dry and repeat as often as necessary to build up the hole to be equal in height to the paint surrounding it. A little buffing and waxing and hopefully only you will know they're there.
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I either use a very, very fine paint brush or a tooth pick.
Just make sure the chip is clean & dry before you paint it.
Preferably do it on a warm, dry day......not sure when we'll get
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How much would the touch up paint cost? And where could I get it in Germany?
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MINI Dealers parts department stock the exact match of touch-up paint for quite a reasonable cost.
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