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Hello.
I was not able to do much to the car except remove covers that are in the rear position glass. Some screws that should not be there were. Different size. No like!
Anyway I noticed 5 spots on the body- mainly door- that were touched up awfully.
Each touchup size is about half your pinky nail size.
A color blind person could spot these!
Awful!
How do I repair the repair properly?
Thanks.
 

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Hey Mike:

You'll need to post photos for this - it will show how deep the paint damage and what remedies are possible.

To post photos (shrink them if you can or take at lower resolution 1024x768):

"Go Advanced" (bottom of 'Reply' screen)
"Manage Attachments"
"Browse" (and find your photo to attach)
 

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This product is great for making touch-ups much better (as well as to remove bad touch ups):
LANGKA The Blob Eliminator : Amazon.com : Automotive

To fill a chip, you basically put a few coats on until you have an oversized blob that fills in the chip. Then you use a cloth over the supplied card (with the liquid) to slowly work off the extra paint. You're left with a much better fill than you can get without it. Very smooth.

I did almost the entire nose of my Esprit and it looks so much better. PO must have liked to follow very closely!
 

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There is a guy on youtube who made some how-to vids using Langda products on his Camaro. I haven't used it so won''t offer an opinion.
 

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Holy moley. It worked.-confused-
Anyway the paint looks pink on the pic. It is not. It is red. If it were pink the car would be up for sale for cheap!!!!
Thanks sleekgt.
Im using an ipad cause my laptop has met its maker.
 

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Attaching the photo worked fine, Mike. :up:



I appears that the color in the top pics was touched up but doesn't match, right?

And the Lotus equvalent of a "door ding" is the chipped paint on the bottom.

The first priority is to get paint that matches. I have been pleased with Paintscratch Touch Up Paint from PaintScratch.com. Send them the color code (on my Esprit, the code is on the number plate riveted to the right front wheel arch inside the front trunk).

They will send you mixed replacement paint, and a metallic card that you can paint, then hold up to yours to assure a proper match.

Then it's a matter of digging out the poor paint and brushing in the new. As someone mentioned, you apply thin layers of paint built up to be prouder (higher) than the rest of the panel, then smooth it out. Either by wetsanding and polishing, or smoothed by a process such as Langka. Langka - Paint Chip Repair

Give those links a look and ask us any questions. I've used both outfits and they work.
 

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Your paint looks like Calypso Red like mine (I think the paint code is A23?). It will have a reddish orange look depending on the camera flash, streetlights, garage lights, etc.

The blotch with the primer can be touched up, but definitely will look like the others you already have. Once the damage (that size) is at the primer level, the choices are spot painting (sanding/feathering the damaged area and repainting and buffing) or full panel repaint and match.

Others have suggested some touch up kits - they look promising but I've never used them. I should give it a shot as my front end is lightly sand-blasted after 59K miles :sad:
 

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Attaching the photo worked fine, Mike. :up:



I appears that the color in the top pics was touched up but doesn't match, right?

And the Lotus equvalent of a "door ding" is the chipped paint on the bottom.

The first priority is to get paint that matches. I have been pleased with Paintscratch Touch Up Paint from PaintScratch.com. Send them the color code (on my Esprit, on the number plate riveted to the front wheel arch inside the front trunk).

They will send you mixed replacement paint, and a metallic card that you can paint, then hold up to yours to assure a proper match.

Then it's a matter of digging out the poor paint and brushing in the new. As someone mentioned, you apply thin layers of paint built up to be prouder (higher) than the rest of the panel, then smooth it out. Either by wetsanding and polishing, or smoothed by a process such as Langka. Langka - Paint Chip Repair

Give those links a look and ask us any questions. I've used both outfits and they work.
Atwell, if you or anyone local needs it, I have the very fine sanding block that Car Care Specialties recommends.

That technique made two chips in TT Supra wing simply disappear.
 
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