How to repair small paint chips on my car?

I live out in the country, and many of the roads are just gravel. I have several paint chips all over my car. How can I repair the small paint chips on my car?

Answer
Gravel roads can do a lot of damage to your paint job! Fortunately, if caught early, fixing paint chips can save you a ton of money over having to get your whole car repainted. Here is a short list of the tools you will need:
  • Touch up paint in a matching color
  • Paint primer
  • Matches
  • Polishing compound
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Soft rag
Once you have the supplies gathered, just follow these steps and your paint will look as good as new:
  • Clean all of the paint chips with soap and water.
  • Rub a small amount of polishing compound over the chip and wipe away any access.
  • Clean the chip and the immediate surface around it with a small amount of denatured alcohol.
  • Take the match and dab small amounts of the paint primer in the chip and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  • Put a layer of paint on top of the primer, and then add a second coat about an hour later.
  • Let the spots cure for a few days, and then follow up by smoothing the spots out with the polishing compound again.
Tada! You have just saved yourself a small fortune! Keep in mind that this type of damage would be considered wear and tear. However, if there is a wind storm or any severe weather that causes a lot of paint damage at once, you can file a claim for paint damage under the comprehensive portion of your car insurance policy.
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 03, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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