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How do I deal with Paint Chips?

I have paint chips all over my black my new slk 55 amg. It's year is 2007. My guess is that the previous owner parked it under a tree that dripped sap, and that the sap ate holes in the paint.

Is there any other solution besides having the car repainted (very expensive)?

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I have paint chips all over my black my new slk 55 amg. It's year is 2007. My guess is that the previous owner parked it under a tree that dripped sap, and that the sap ate holes in the paint.

Is there any other solution besides having the car repainted (very expensive)?

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You dont say where you are. But in the UK we have a number of companies that do paint chip repairs I use one called Dire Scrapes. It depends how extensive the marks are
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my location is San Mateo, CA, the bay area. And the paint chips are about 1 millimeter in diameter. They're very small but you can see them easily because it's a black car and the chips are white/grey.
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my location is San Mateo, CA, the bay area. And the paint chips are about 1 millimeter in diameter. They're very small but you can see them easily because it's a black car and the chips are white/grey.
OK here is a quick fix I did on my dark green car. Get a childs black wax crayon and rub it into the chip and polish off with a soft cloth. The black wax will fill the chip and once polished will hide it. It works very well. I have done it on several colour cars
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Over the years I have tried all kinds of methods of filling in paint chips. I have used boom straws as brushes and many other instruments small enough that I thought might transfer the paint from a can INTO the chip (not ON the chip). This method of moving paint from one place to another was not always succesful. My latest method, and has worked reasonably well, is to use an appropriate size safety pin (small to medium) with the hook end bent to make a handle and use the sharp end to transfer the paint. If I need a little bit larger tip, I simply snip off the tip to make the tip the size I need to fit the chip. I have discovered that the paint flows into the chip better if I work in the sun which warms up the surface of my car. Be sure and transfer less paint than you think you will need or else it will make a raised spot on the surface of your vehicle. However, it goes without saying that this is only a patch not a professional job. Good luck!
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http://www.drcolorchip.com/ heard good things about them. I have a few on my iridium silver, but not enough to bother me yet. Good luck fixing it.

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There is actually a product called Langka that works well for chips.

You use the method explained above and fill the chip with paint, it is actually best to slightly overfill to where you have a small dome over the chip. Once the paint has dried for a short time, you apply the Langka solvent to a cloth stretched over a stiff plastic card and buff the blob flat. When done carefully, the paint blends in perfectly and you can buff it to perfection once dry. I have used it a few times and it worked great.

I am not that skilled but it works best when gravity helps you to fill the chip, my results were not as perfect when filling chips on the underside of panels.

As always, YMMV, but it worked for me.
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http://www.drcolorchip.com/ heard good things about them. I have a few on my iridium silver, but not enough to bother me yet. Good luck fixing it.
I've used it my SLK but I need to do it again. It takes a couple tries to get it to look good. It's not going to be perfect but the color blends a lot better than simply using factory touch-up paint. The touch-up paint not the same kind from your dealership and it's required for their system. Check out the videos on their website.


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