Repairing rock chips


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Megreenusmc1969
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Repairing rock chips

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Does anyone have any recommendations for repairing rock chips in my trikes rear fenders? They are through the clear coat and the paint. Do I have to just sand down the fender until all smooth, then repaint or do I use bond or fiberglass? Trying to do this myself to save some money.


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Re: Repairing rock chips

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Color code (or near as possible) auto paint pen. There's now a clear coat in said paint pens.
Price each? $5 to $25, be careful of UV fading. I found a2 ended one, color on one side, clear on the other.

This might be an option. Car care stores some have the 'peal & stick' clear sheets that protect paint.
They're thicker than clear contact paper. Can be layered up.

I haven't tried this yet but Flex-Seal has a clear spray, goes on rather thick.
I used the black on gloves for water proofing, made them nearly unusable.
Five or so layers of spray and they'll make fine boxing gloves :lol: .

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Megreenusmc1969
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Re: Repairing rock chips

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Thanks FM-USA. I have 1 side shelter that I am replacing and I bought a Primer, Paint and Clear all in one that I am going to try on it. I figure if it does not come out okay, I can always sand it off an try again, as it is currently blue and I need black.

I will look into the pens for possible Rock chip repair. Not sure how, but my rear trike fenders have what seem to be rock chips all over them, not just where you would think they would be. I may need to sand the whole fender down and try painting it, but I will wait to see how my shelter turns out.
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Re: Repairing rock chips

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Sounds like full repaint fender is the way to go.
Touch-ups are rather delicate to blend and if you got a lot... chicken pox?


Quick pix of a Rust-Oleum rattle can, 1 coat gray primer, 1 color & 2 clear coats, no sanding between coats.
Not buffing the orange peal out yet, can't for 30-45 days (cool temps).
(6 marks center bottom, camera reflection)


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Megreenusmc1969
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Re: Repairing rock chips

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Thanks FM-USA, Yours looks great.

Most definitely like chicken pox. I tried waxing and buffing out a scratch and the wax got in the rock chip spots and I can see them everywhere. I will give it a shot. The only things I am worried about are ventilation and trying not to overspray on my white truck. :D For the shelter I was going to paint it in a large box with 3 sides still blocked, but have not figured out how to do the fender, as since it is a trike, not that easy to remove. I will try to remember to take before and after photos.
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Re: Repairing rock chips

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Megreenusmc1969 wrote: Thu Apr 27, 2023 9:27 am Thanks FM-USA, Yours looks great.

Most definitely like chicken pox. I tried waxing and buffing out a scratch and the wax got in the rock chip spots and I can see them everywhere. I will give it a shot. The only things I am worried about are ventilation and trying not to overspray on my white truck. :D For the shelter I was going to paint it in a large box with 3 sides still blocked, but have not figured out how to do the fender, as since it is a trike, not that easy to remove. I will try to remember to take before and after photos.
[HINT] ANY spray can, if 1/2 empty go with a fresh can or have a 2nd can ready. SPURT GLOBS is the main issue.

I did the parts in my basement. Rust-Oleum VOC's are very minimal.
Over spray also minimal, besides by the time any particles reach your truck the paint is pretty much jelled and easily dry rag wiped off.
Old trick i did when doing an Astrovan. Box fan near the painting with a terry cloth bath towel on the air draw side catches most.

My preference: If it's the same color, mask & paint on the bike. Only you will know unless you're planning on resale & it shows.

YAH!

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