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Old 04-27-2009, 07:33 PM
 
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Two areas which I was about to pay an autobody place to fix but maybe I can do this myself?

1. Black and Green scuff marks on my bumber from my canoe. This happened when the green and black canoe fell and hit the bumber of my Jeep.

2. Deep chip in paint. This chip is very deap and has started to rust. Its about as big as a penny and 1-2 millimeters deep.

Any way to fix these? See pictures.
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Depends on how good you are, and how good you want the repair to be.

The scuff, yeah, you can get some rubbing compound, and *gently, dammit* (I'm assuming you are a fairly big guy with your screen name) polish off the paint or whatever was deposited onto your paint. Don't get carried away.

The chip is at the bottom of a small dent, if I am looking at your picture right. Fixing the dent and all is probably beyond most DIY guy's capacity. But if the dent is not that noticable, and you are willing to ignore it, you can improve the situation a lot for a little time and chump change for money.

On the pit, you can get some metal prep, and a little fiberglass "rust avenger" pen-like brush, use these to scrub the rust out of the pit. Get it all. Be damn sure you get it all. Be damn sure if you don't get it all, it will come back. Did I mention, rust never sleeps?!

OK, small bottles of touch-up paint are your friend here. First, primer, light grey laquer based primer will work fine. Put on 1-2 coats, let dry the proper time..then paint using the same "Dupli-Color" or similar touch up paint. If you are careful, don't try to put too much paint on per coat, you can come up with a hard-to-see repair. If you want to *really* do it right, you can get some little sanding discs from Eastwood Restoration Supply, and if this is a non-metallic paint you can eventually build up the pit area a little, sand down, and it will blend in very well. If it's metallic you probably will have metallic paint flake distribution problems brushing it, but if you work skillfully you can certainly kill the rust and make it look a lot better.

This is more like work for a good detailer than a body shop as such, although some body shops do detailing as well.

The DIY above will cost you about $20 for materials, and you will have enough materials to do a *lot* more repairs left over.

Last edited by M3 Mitch; 04-27-2009 at 08:02 PM.. Reason: noticed dent
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:57 AM
 
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Thanks and repped!
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Might be possible for a "paintless repair" guy to reduce the dent, I'd check that before painting.

I'm not certain I can see the dent well enough in your picture to tell how deep it is. If you have a few more dings and dents you want fixed it might be worthwhile getting a paintless dent guy to work it over.

BTW something I would really avoid is trying to do the touchup with a spray can. If you had something like an outside mirror that you could mask off and paint it will work OK to excellent depending on the paint and your skill level; but here in the middle of a big panel it will be very difficult to get a good "blend".

In fact if you don't do blending frequently, it's hard to get a good blend even with full-on professional paint guns.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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A PDR guy can do wonders on that dent. They may not be able to completely eliminate it but they'll definitely be able to minimize it.

As for the scuff, if you don't feel comfortable using compound a detail shop might be able to buff it out.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:45 AM
 
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Sorry, what is a "PDR guy"?

Thanks.
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Paintless Dent Removal.
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