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Help Shoddy Touch-Up Job

Hi everyone. Complete amateur after a bit of advice please...

With the best intentions at heart I decided to attempt to tidy up a few stone chips on the bonnet of my silver (sterling grey) 156. Using a matching touch-up stylus purchased from local alfa dealer I set to work. The resultant effect is that of the work of a silver seagull with bowel problems. The stone chips were less noticeable! I think I may have been a wee bit over enthusiastic.
The dilemma is what to do now. Can I easily restore my shiny bonnet or do I pay someone who knows what they're actually doing?

All pointers gratefully accepted.
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Re: Shoddy Touch-Up Job

You can buy kit by "Mer" from your local accessory shop that contains a video on how to do it, plus various other things like rubbing compound and a polishing bonnet you put on a cordless drill. On a solid colour like mine it works very well but metallics are more difficult to match. Maybe a call to your local chips away or similar franchise? I know my local guy and he showed me how to do small chips myself. What most people do is put far too much paint on...the Mer kit gives you little sticks like paper matches to use but you can use a piece of kitchen roll you have twisted to a solid point.The Mer kit also gives you a clear lacquer coat to put on after the colour...
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Oh, the Mer kit costs around 25
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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"

Tough choice!

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