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Stone Chips and T-cut?

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19 May 2019 07:45 #208307 by Andy2640
Washed the car yesterday, found a tiny chip on the paint (Argggh). Just wondering whats the best product to use to keep them in check?

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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19 May 2019 08:08 #208308 by Lambert
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On my last scooby I had all the leading surfaces covered with a heavy clear vinyl. That worked.

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19 May 2019 08:32 #208310 by Andy2640
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Lambert wrote: On my last scooby I had all the leading surfaces covered with a heavy clear vinyl. That worked.


Mmmhhhh ..... Now there's an idea. Thanks my lord :-)

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19 May 2019 10:44 - 19 May 2019 10:45 #208334 by Scimike
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Stone chips are an annoying fact of life.
Lamberts already got option 1 which is cover the paint surface with a protective cover of some sort.
Option 2 - get a touch up pen and keep on to of the chips, done correctly you can't see the repair.
Option 3 - do nothing and when it gets a mess or you want to sell get "chips away" in to repair the panel.
Option 4 - embrace the rugged look, fit a snorkel and leave it covered in mud.

The reality is probably a mix of all, but don't get hung up about them, it's going to happen if you drive and enjoy the vehicle..
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19 May 2019 11:51 #208336 by Guy 2
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Lambert wrote: On my last scooby I had all the leading surfaces covered with a heavy clear vinyl. That worked.



I agree. Have used Xpel Ultimate film on the front, bonnet and sides of my BM - and two years in it has proved very effective. It has an element of 'self-healing' as well. Takes a strike and then the tiny hole somehow fills-in as the vinyl is warmed in the sun, over a day or two (or you can speed the process up with a heat gun).

Not cheap though!

After about 5 years then I think you are into Scimike's 'mix' of different solutions.
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22 May 2019 16:07 #208683 by Max Headroom
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Depending how deep they are you might try repairing the damage by polishing them out with Autoglym Super Resin Polish.

It is just a polish but gives a small amount of protection. AG SRP has the capability to 'fill' damage and a chip or scratch can almost disappear. You'll need to build it up though, it will take time and patience.
Once the appearance of any damage is reduced, follow up with a good quality wax such as Colinite 845 Insulator Wax -or any other quality wax that you like.
I like Colinite 845 as it gives a particularly good 'wet' shine especially to white or silver coloured paintwork which is difficult to make look shiny.

There are 'magic' scratch treatments out there - but I've never tried them. Other than that its old fashioned touch-up paint.

I like the idea of the Xpel film - prevention better than cure


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22 May 2019 16:56 #208691 by Guy 2
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I agree with Max - that Autoglym SRP can work like this. If the chip is a bit bigger then you need touch up paint and the finest possible artist's brush (from an art shop). Also you need some sort of pad to support your wrist (like a professional signwriter uses).
Then let the paint dry for about 8-10 minutes only, and buff it with polish or the very mildest cutting agent, whilst it is still malleable. This takes the 'edges' of the paint blob out.
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22 May 2019 18:21 #208705 by stiffsteve204me
I've had good results from this, on light scratches.

shop.autofinesse.co.uk/tripple-250ml





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22 May 2019 21:03 #208744 by Guy 2
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Very, very useful to know George. Thanks.

For anyone who hasn't got "bare metal" as yet, I guess that masking-off and 3 or 4 coats of spray can clearcoat might suffice?

(Or depending on the colour of your Jimny, Stone Chip paint might be even be better - but that requires accurate masking!)
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22 May 2019 21:25 #208750 by stiffsteve204me
Thanks for the heads-up, George.

I live a couple of hundred yards from the sea, so will need to have a look at the paint on mine.


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25 May 2019 10:07 - 25 May 2019 10:13 #208911 by Guy 2
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Hi George, you may be well ahead of me - but have you tried auto plastic restorer? Gtechniq C4 and Meguiars Ultimate Black are probably two of the best.

On the other hand, if you are decided on painting the grill then the following has some good ideas. (Just grit-your-teeth every time the presenter says "NICE!")
www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+of+m...A0E113D662&FORM=VIRE

Conversely, if money is no object then you could try a whole vehicle wrap, including the grill.
www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+of+m...5FB9B5F1EE&FORM=VIRE

Swap the greys and blacks of the H&R design for sand and brown and you really would have Andy's "Desert Camo". You would stand out in the city and blend-in in the Bush. Perfect!
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25 May 2019 12:11 #208918 by mlines
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We use 303 aerospace protection on the boat applied 2 or 3 times a year to exposed plastics

www.amazon.co.uk/303-Protectant-Plastic-...615&psc=1&th=1&psc=1



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