Detailed Instructions

Road Rash

Road Rash can be easily repaired. Just follow the directions using our ORIGINAL Method or DRY Method for repairing chips, with this exception:

Rather than dab paint to each chip individually, use the microbrush included in the Paint Chip Repair Kit to smear the paint over the areas that are highly damaged. Don't worry as the Blob Eliminator will remove all of this "smeared" paint. Allow the paint to dry... then remove the paint as described in our ORIGINAL Method or DRY Method

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CLEAR COATING the Repair: Optional

It is NOT normally necessary to do this, but IF the chip is large and the remaining paint in the chip appears "dull" (this can happen with some metallic colors), you will need to apply clear coat to the repaired chip. Some paint manufacturers provide two bottles, the paint and a clearcoat and the following applies as well. There are two (2) methods we recommend.

(A.) The Two Step Method: After following Steps 1,2,3 above you may clear coat the repair if desired. Clear coat applications requires a Micro brush . Simply dip the brush into the clear coat solution and wipe the brush on the inside of the container to remove excess clear coat from the brush. You are only trying to "surgically" apply a very light coat to restore the shine and provide UV protection to the larger repaired areas. You do not want to apply a blob of clear coat. (IF you apply a blob, you can remove the blob of clear coat with the Blob Eliminator...but it is best to be as "surgical" as possible). TIP: rest your hand on the vehicle to stabilize your hand during this application.

(B.) Another more popular method for using clear coat is this: Mix the paint and clear coat in a 1:1 ratio (using a paper ketchup cup from a local fast-food restaurant for mixing in). Apply as directed. Allow to dry, then remove the excess "mixture" if necessary with The Blob Eliminator. If after doing this and you think it still needs an actual layer of clear coat applied to the repair, then go to (A) above and apply the clear coat.

REPAIRING PAINT CHIPS

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REPAIRING PAINT CHIPS

It is best to work on your vehicle in a shaded area...not direct sunlight. Manufactures touch up paint can be purchased for $5-$10 from your local auto dealership or an auto parts store (Napa, PepBoys, AutoZone, etc). IF you are going to use any other paint, i.e., paint mixed for you by a body shop, or from a internet paint supplier, you need to let the paint dry overnight or longer. These paints are NOT the best paint to use because they are very "soft" and can take days to dry. Manufactures touch up paint are the BEST paint to use as the dry harder, faster and retain their shine and the repair last indefinitely. If you are having a hard time finding your paint color, call us with the Make,Year, Model, Paint Code and the basic color red,blue,green, etc). We may be able to make it for you.

STEP 1: Cleaning the Area





It is preferred to use our PrePaint (included in the Paint Chip Repair Kit) to clean the chip or scratch of wax or other contaminants. Just apply PrePaint to a soft cloth and rub over each chip to be repaired. Rinse with water or a damp cloth. Then dry the area to be repaired. NOTE: If rust is an issue, Click Here

STEP 2: Applying Paint and Dry Time issues





1. Applying Touch up Paint
Apply the touch up paint as "surgically" as possible using a Microbrush (included in our Paint Chip Repair Kit). Less paint applied results in less paint to remove which results in less rubbing, and that is a "good" thing. The idea is to get the paint applied so it can begin to dry. Remember, all liquids, including paint, will "shrink" as they dry, so applying a 2nd or 3rd coat may be required, especially if the chip is "deep". Just keep re-applying layers until you get a raised area of touch up paint.

2. Drying Time Issues:
Drying time VARIES depending on the temperature (especially the metal's temperature), relative humidity and the type of manufactures touch up paint you use. For example, the temperature in Phoenix, AZ in the summer is much different than NY city in the winter. Another example is Honda's paints which are slow to dry, drying times can be days. Generally, we recommend 2 hours up to 4 hours as a time frame (at about 70 degrees air temperature). When removing the excess paint IF you find the paint is coming off too quickly or being removed from the chip itself, you will need to let the paint dry longer and rub more gently. Be sure to use a smooth, clean cloth i.e., available in our Paint Chip Repair Kit.

[NOTE:  Shallow or "light" scratches are normally not deep enough to hold the touch-up paint. We developed our Wet Sand 2000 Kit for quickly removing these light scratches by hand in minutes].

STEP 3: Removing the Excess Paint




Removing the "excess paint" is simple, but requires a bit of "finesse" in some cases. Remember, The Blob Eliminator will ONLY affect the manufactures touch up paint....NOT the OEM surface (original painted surface from the factory). However, DO NOT USE on pre-1965 vehicles with the Original paint. Also IF the vehicle has been repainted, test the Blob Eliminator first in an inconspicuous area to better understand this process and/or IF the "fear factor" is an issue. :)

The included "plastic card" is designed to provide a flat surface as you rub over the blob of excess paint and to prevent "dipping" into the chip as best as possible. However, it can get in the way of viewing your work as it smooths down the blob of paint and you can't feel the "blob" under the card very well. For many users, it works great and you should try using it initially. However, you can wrap the cloth around your index finger, apply the Blob Eliminator and rub over the blob. The advantage of using your finger is that you can both see the "work-in-process" and you can feel the blob especially as it begins to smooth down. In both cases, it is critical that the cloth be smooth on the card or your index finger. Wrinkles or creases will cause the cloth to "dip" into the chip and wipe out the touch up paint. No big deal, just start over. Again, The Blob Eliminator will not affect the OEM surface.

IF you remove the paint from the chip OR are unhappy with the "texture"...you can always use the Blob Eliminator to wipe out the rest of the paint remaining in the chip...and simply start over by applying touch up paint and repeating the process! You may want to try our SQUEEGIE Method or WET Method.

STEP 4: Sealing the Repair

LANGKA Paint Sealant (included in the Paint Chip Repair Kit) is used to seal the repaired chip or scratch. It provides UV protection and enhances the shine. Just wipe on, let dry, and the wipe off the area.

You're done! IF you would like, you may also wax the area 24 hours after completing the repair. However, "wax" is old-school technology as compared to the new Paint Sealants, the same product you just used to complete this repair. You can purchase larger quantities on our website of this Paint Sealant.

Other Considerations:

A. CLOTH SELECTION
We recommend using our special (extremely smooth) 8"x8" microfiber cloth (included in the Paint Chip Repair Kit)or you can buy more 8x8 Micro Fiber Towels from us directly. Do not use a terry cloth or anything that does not have a smooth surface. As an alternative you can use an old bed sheet, pillow case because the material is tighter woven (as compared to a T-shirt material). Be sure the cloth is large enough so you can wrap it around the blue card and hold the card and cloth securely. Again, be sure the card/cloth surface is smooth (wrinkle free).

B. CLEAR COATING the Repair: Optional

IF your touch up paint is provided in one bottle, it is NOT necessary to apply a final clear coat layer when doing this repair.

However, some paint manufacturers are now providing two bottles, the paint (color) and a clearcoat.  IF that is the case, a popular method for using clear coat is this:  Mix the paint and clear coat in a 1:1 ratio (using a paper ketchup cup from a local fast-food restaurant for mixing in).  Apply the "mixture" as directed.  Allow to dry, then remove the excess "mixture-blob" if necessary with The Blob Eliminator.   NOTE:  If after doing this and you still think it needs a final layer of clear coat, then apply the clear coat layer.   IF a blob results, you can smooth this clear coat "blob" down with the Blob Eliminator.

Another situation that may require a final clear coat layer is this:    IF the chip is large and the remaining paint in the chip appears "dull" (this can happen with some metallic colors), you can apply clear coat to the repaired chip.

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REPAIRING "CHIPS" & "DEEP" SCRATCHES


A deep scratch means you can catch your fingernail in the scratch (otherwise it is a "light surface" scratch). So, if you can catch your fingernail, there are two (2) methods you can use and it is your choice which one you decide to use.




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