July 17, 2012
Review and photo by Paul Williams
Eliminating paint chips from your vehicle can be tedious, and for the amateur it’s often an unsuccessful process. Professionals recommend using toothpicks to apply a tiny amount of paint over a period of days that will eventually fill the chip. But lacking the hands of a surgeon and the patience of Job, the results in my experience have been less than satisfactory.
Non-matching factory touch-up paint doesn’t help, either.
Starting at $39.95 (all prices USD) Dr. ColorChip (drcolorchip.com) offers a range of kits that claim to make fixing paint chips easy. The process is different than I’ve encountered in the past, and the company offers touch-up paint for every colour and model of current vehicles, and many classics as well. It sounds like it’s worth a try.
My $49.95 kit arrived with the specific paint for my Honda S2000 (New Formula Red), three applicators, a latex glove, a two-ounce bottle of pink “blending solution” called “SealAct,” a white “blending cloth” and a microfiber buffing towel.
Here’s how it works. You apply a small blob of paint next to the chip, and wearing the latex glove you gently wipe the paint over the chip. The idea is to fill the chip, but in doing so you will also smear paint around the chip. Not a problem with this system.
After waiting for a few minutes (up to an hour is okay, according to the instructions), you then apply the SealAct solution with the supplied blending cloth to remove the surrounding unwanted paint. If all goes well, the paint in the chip will remain, thus eliminating the chip.
First of all, the paint was an excellent match (don’t know why the Honda product wasn’t, but in previous attempts to remove paint chips, it dried darker). The wiping action with the latex glove is a little tricky and I’d suggest having a few available. With a little practice, you can get to the point that one well-placed swipe will perfectly fill the chip.
However, in many cases my attempts to do so required several tries. All is not lost if you mess things up, though, as the SealAct solution effectively removes the unwanted paint and you can start over.
The problem I found, especially with bigger chips, is that the SealAct solution will remove the paint in the chip if you’re not careful. Working around the chip is a technique you can try, but there’s a risk of disturbing the paint in the chip regardless.