first off, can i order the exact color somewhere or should i have it matched somewhere ?
secondly... small nicks, probably 2-3mm (millimeter, yea i'm from Europe originally :) that are slightly rusted, how do i fix them ?
09-09-2011 10:17 PM
The metric system is perfect for your description of the size of the nicks. You can order the exact color of touch-up paint from a local Jeep/Chrysler dealer.
09-09-2011 10:34 PM
You can get touch-up paint in a little bottle with a brush built in to the cover. Jeep dealer can order it or may have it on hand. Good body shop supply or automotive parts store that deals in auto paints can also mix it up if you give them your paint code.
For getting the rust out of tiny chips, I used to have some liquid that a body man gave me, that essentially ate the rust, then you rinsed it off, and let it dry before touching it up. It was kind of nasty stuff. I've used a piece of fine sandpaper, folded and worked it carefully in the chip to get rust out too. Or gently scraped it out of a tiny chip with the pointed end of a small nail.
I like to pick up some automotive primer in a spray can, and spray a bit on a piece of cardboard, then dab the primer into the chip using the torn-off end of a paper match. For a miniscule chip, use the broken end of toothpick to dab paint in. Next, dab the touchup paint into the chip. Don't use the silly little brush, especially on these little chips. Again, use the paper matches. You can lay paint right into a chip with that torn off end. Body man taught me this. Keep adding thin coats, letting each coat dry well, until the surface matches the surrounding paint after it has dried. It can even be a bit high. If it is, or if it looks a tad rough, you can easily do a little buffing to get it to blend in nicely. I use a product called Wizards Turbo Cut. It is a super-fine rubbing compound which is also very handy for buffing out scratches in paint. And it can be buffed by hand with a soft cotton rag, very safely. This product can be used on new paint too, so it works well for the touchups.
I've made a lot of little chips nearly disappear doing the above. Best of luck.
09-09-2011 10:46 PM
the front end of my new jeep was covered in tiny chips, looked damn near like someone just sat in front of it spinning their tires throwing rocks at the grill/front of the fenders. I just covered them both in bed liner tonight. simple enough solution for me. and it looks awesome.
If you don't want your chip repair to look like a "blob" get the Dr Colorchip repair kit. I use it on all of my vehicles and it's the closest thing to an invisible repair as you can get without going to a body shop. It's especially good for "road rash".
09-10-2011 10:11 PM
thanks guys, really helpful... going to order that Paint Pen and will search for that liquid that "eats" rust.
09-10-2011 10:53 PM
Steel wool tends to do pretty well on surface rust too if you cannot find that liquid. If you do find that liquid please do share!
09-10-2011 10:56 PM
After you remove the small area of rust and use touch up paint, I'd then use Langka which is a blob eliminator. I have used it quite a bit and it works pretty darn good.