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    Exclamation What is the cheapest way of dealing with stone chip damage?.

    I have a Vectra C in ultra blue.Just recently I've noticed that the stone chip damage to the front and side areas,not to mention the bonnet and mirrors is getting worse.Is there anything I can use that will "fill" these unsightly marks up?,or is it going to have to be a re-spray etc?.FELIXX.

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    There is an excellent write up on detailing world about filling them in. Basically, clean, fill up the chip with paint over a couple is days with tiny thin layers, wet sand flat and machine polish. Works a treat given the time.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    A respray will ultimatly be the best. In my opinion, you need to be either very good or lucky to make a good job of touching in the stone chips with a touch up paint stick. I have as yet not found how to do a good enough job of it. You could try yourself and see how it goes. But this time of year when the air is damp and below 13 degrees it is very dificult to do it proporly out side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    There is an excellent write up on detailing world about filling them in. Basically, clean, fill up the chip with paint over a couple is days with tiny thin layers, wet sand flat and machine polish. Works a treat given the time.
    Yes this is a brilliant write up. I take my "hat off" to the bloke who did it. He made it look so easy....... Or he might be a whole lot more patient than me.

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    Touch up pen and be careful, don't put too much on.

    Depends on how good a job you want and how much effort you are going to spent on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Yes this is a brilliant write up. I take my "hat off" to the bloke who did it. He made it look so easy....... Or he might be a whole lot more patient than me.
    I followed it and had some excellent results. i need to do a few on my legacy but its going to have to wait for a warmer time of year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    There is an excellent write up on detailing world about filling them in. Basically, clean, fill up the chip with paint over a couple is days with tiny thin layers, wet sand flat and machine polish. Works a treat given the time.

    Yes, something I'll have to tackle at some stage. My paint stick touch up skills suck, so I'll probably end up either getting it done or respraying the affected parts.
    Having said that, I'm not experienced at spraying clearcoat over metallic either. Wonder if SWMBO will let me practise on hers.............

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    Use a tooth pick, not the crappy brush they supply. I never used a clear coat on mine and it looked fine although i have read about people mixing the paint and clear cote then filling in the chips.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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