Re: Shoddy Touch-Up Job
The key to good stone chip repair is to not use the brush in the touch up stick!
Go to a model shop or something similar and buy a very thin model or artists brush, then us just the very tip, you should add a very fine layer of paint at a time, it will take a minute or two to dry, then come back and add another coat, if you are working on a badly chipped bonnet, start one side, work your way across, then go back and start over, you are done when the new paint is just below the edge of the existing paint. Add a coat of two of laquer on silver met. and leave it alone for a fortnight to fully harden, then use an old white T-shirt or something similar (white so you can if colour is coming off the car) to use a gentle polish, or very gently with T-cut for metallics to smooth the surface in to the existing paintwork.
If you put too much paint on using the touch up pen brush, it will not paint match. The finish needs to be dead flat to blend in fully.
Try to avoid the chips-away type places, they never get a complete match to silver, or any other complex colour! Have used 3 different chips away franchises over the years, and you can always see the repair. Best bet, and I know this is heracy, is to us a good crash repair specialist. I used my local Ford dealer TC Harrison in Peterborough to repair a deep scratch in my old Ka, they fully resprayed the panel of the car for £100 + VAT. They do any make or model and did it well, you could just see the difference between one panel and another in bright sunlight as one was slightly shinier!(The sprayed one)
To fix the same damage chips away quoted £120 + VAT with a rider of " we will not be held responsible if the colour doesn't match"