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Stone Chip Repairs

Anyone got any good advice on stone ship repairs? Any recommendations on preparation, paint, primers and aftercare?
My damage is primarily to the front bumper of my 1999 145.
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I have just sprayed my bumper at the weekend, the white stone chips look lovely against bright red!

I rubbed most the paint off to make sure it wouldn't flake, then used a couple of coats of filler primer and rubbed it down again to fill the stone chips.

Then used 2pac paint + thinners + fast activator, gave it lots of coats then rubbed the rough finish down with some fine paper (1200 wet and dry) and soapy water. This is to get rid of the 'orange peel' effect, then polished up with some T-cut. Looks good as new!

Only, I've picked up a stone chip already

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Hey guys,

I was just thinking about posting on this exact topic! My 146 also has a smattering of stonechips on the bumper and bonnet which kinda stick out against the red paintwork... especially when it's clean and shiny...

AJ's account of re-spraying the bumper seems a bit extreme, not to mention scary! Although some might say it's the only worthwile fix...

I'd be interested to hear opinions on the following:

* Coloured waxes / cleaners to make stonechips less obvious

* "chip sticks", look like lipstick??? (sold with turtlewax coloured wax)

* correct colour touch-up paint manually applied with a small brush

* Any other ideas / product suggestions?


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Yes, it was extreme, but the finished result is perfect!

I had tried coloured waxes, but they turned the chips pink due to the size of some of them, and it washes out with the next wash.

I also used touch up paint on the wings/bonnet and achieved very good results.
The best way to do this is to build the chip up with lots of blobs, then after a few hours use some tcut (proper tcut, not the polish) and remove the excess paint from around the good bodywork by rubbing over the whole area. The hole is then filled with paint to the same level as the original paint and blends in perfectly!
This can take quite a while if there are a no.of chips to do, hence just respraying the whole thing.
If you know how to spray, it's worth doing as it probably doesn't actaully take that much longer, and you can put the paint on nice and thick, *hoping* it wont chip as easily.
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Best I've seen for stone chips and blemishes is the Mer scratch and chip repair kit, available at Halfords about 25. You still use a touch up stick but the kit will get you a perfect invisible finish. Takes a little getting used to ( you have to use emery cloth !) but it really works.

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I was thinking of posting on this topic also, must be something to do with the time of year

Think I will try AJ's touch up recommendation. My black 145 has a rash of white spots over the front bumper and bonnet. The gutting thing is that they were resprayed when I brought the car just over a year ago and are bad again already
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Mine was resprayed when I got the car, 6 months ago

Its worth it, and I can see this becoming a twice yearly event...

the white spots look bad against red, bet they're even worse on black!!
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This'll cost a little more than AJs suggestion but will save a **** load of time and plenty of elbow grease. There are a number of new companies and franchises coming onto the market that specialise in these kind of repairs at the fraction of the cost of a proper bodyshop but with the same results. They can even visit you at you place of work or home and everything they need is out of the back of a van.

They call themselves SMART (Small to Medium Area Repair Techniques) companies and should be easily found in almost any area anywhere.

I'm even thinking about setting up a franchise myself because the possibilities are huge because people like to keep their cars immaculate but not all of us are wedged up to the elbows.

Have a look in your local Yellow Pages and hope this helps.

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