December 7, 2006What prep work do I need to do before touching up a couple chips in the paint. Ken
February 4, 2007You could start off by block sanding the area with 1000 grit sandpaper to kinda dull the clearcoat and if your using touch up paint (not knowing what type of paint job you have (single stage or base coat/clearcoat paint) (pearl or old school flake or solid colors) make sure to clean the area well and kinda slowly build up the paint so it ends up being higher than your original paint and dry it ( cured) then you should be able to (block) wet sand it with about 1500 grit (wet/dry) sand and compound your fender and or tanks...:-) Good Luck
February 4, 2007If you are touching up chips only, give it a good wash with dish soap to cut the wax. Use some wax and grease remover to finish cleaning the area.
If you are going for the quick job, just dab the brush in the chip and let it dry. Repeat until it is level or just higher than the surrounding paint or or fill the rest with clear.
The next step is more than most folks can or will do, but gives a nearly undetectable result. Glue a piece of 320 grit to a pencil eraser and sand it flush. Repeat with 400, 600, 800, and then 1000/1200. Keep the sanded area as close to the size of the repair as possible. Use a polishing compound when you're done to remove any scratches and then wax.
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