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I have an 05 Titan that I have had less than 3 months. Last week, I was driving and stupid truck flung little rocks at me as it was going down the road.
It left 3 small rock chips in the paint on the hood. 2 of them are really small and down closer to the grill. The other one is bigger and deeper and up closer to the windsheild. They're all unsightly (to me anyway because i know they're there. no one else sees them until i point them out), but the bigger one is really deep and the last thing i need is for it to start rusting out.

Can I go somewhere and get a touchup or are they going to have to paint the whole hood? How much does a repair like this cost?

Thanks in advance.
 

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lshadoff said:
What I do is to use touch-up paint and apply it to the bottom of the scratch with a tooth pick in a thin layer. Let it dry, and repeat until the level of paint is above the surface. This takes the better part of a day to several days since the paint should be completely dry before the next layer is applied.

Next I take an old T-shirt and cut off a patch of it, stretch it tightly it around a 3/4-1" square of 1/2" thick wood, and tack in place. Then I apply rubbing compound to the flat surface and work over the scratch in a small circular pattern with light-moderate pressure until it is just completely even with the surface. Take your time with this and check it often by wiping the rubbing compound off with a wet cloth and then dry the surface so you can see the scratches/swirl marks clearly.

Next I go over the area with polishing compound on a soft cloth to remove the swirl marks left by the rubbing compound.

Finish off with a good wax.

The scratch will be undetectable.


Lew
Best money-friendly advice I ever heard on this topic :thumbup: Very effective. Tried it already once I read it
 
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