July 17, 2012
I did find that with smaller chips the recommended technique worked better (there’s a video on the Dr. ColorChip website that demonstrates how the whole process is supposed to work).
With the larger chips, even if you inadvertently remove some of the paint in the chip, you can repeat the steps causing the chip to get smaller and eventually disappear. But here’s something: I did several chips at once and missed using SealAct on one of them until the next day (you might want to mark each chip with a piece of masking tape, just to make sure you complete the process for each one). Anyway, the point is the SealAct worked just fine even a day later, and perhaps given that the paint had set up overnight, the final result was impressive.
However, as I mentioned above, Dr. ColorChip recommends a few minutes to an hour before using SealAct, so deviate at your own risk.
The Dr. ColorChip site offers three kits, starting with the Basic Touch-Up Paint Kit at $39.00. It doesn’t include the two extra applicators and you get only one-ounce of the SealAct solution. I purchased the Standard Touch-Up Paint Kit for $49.00 as described above. The $59.00 Road Rash Kit doubles the amount of paint and blending solution, and would be recommended if your job consisted of many tiny chips. While it’s true that you need a latex glove and a buffing cloth, you can buy these items in quantity at your local parts retailer at very low cost.
An option is to buy the paint, SealAct and applicators separately at the website’s main store, but there are little savings to be had when you add up the cost. Better to get the kit.
If you just need some more paint, though, it’s $28.00 for one-half ounce, and $36.00 for one ounce. While the company is updating its database of vehicles and paint colours, there are some oddities (the MGB never came in Healey Blue…).
Shipping is via UPS, and to Canada it’s $9.00. The shipping process is very efficient, providing a tracking number by email within hours of ordering.
There are other paint chip removal systems on the market, and the Dr. ColorChip product does require some technique to give good results. However, I think the process is sound, and in my experience the Dr. ColorChip system delivers the best results that I’ve achieved to date.