It is definitely annoying to see a chip on your wheel mags, car panel, or simply anything, especially if it is very obvious and it is a special kind of paint like chrome. You would not stop looking at your chrome wheels, for example, if it has damage no matter how small it is.
You would rather spend money right away just to retouch that chip. But the good news is you can actually do it on your own instead of bringing your car to a professional. You just need to have the right tools and patience to have those gorgeous wheels back.
Repairing chrome is relatively simple. You just need to follow the steps below.
- First, thoroughly wash and soap the chrome item to be repaired, which is the chrome wheel in this example.
- Rub the damaged area and its surroundings with 320 grit sandpaper. For deep scratches, rusts, or holes, use 120 or 60 grit sandpaper since you need to sand down those problems up to that level. On the other hand, for those with minimal scratches and for smooth finish of the entire surface, use 320 grit sandpaper.
- Put on liquid steel or glazing compound for deep spots or holes to make the surface even. Once dry, sand again using 320 grit sandpaper to level the surface from the entire area.
- After which, wipe the area with clean cloth to remove the dust from sanding, followed by cleaning the surface with wax remover or lacquer thinner.
- Then, lightly spray two coats of high build primer. Let the first coat dry before applying another.
- After the self-etching primer dries up, you can then apply two to three coats of the regular primer. Again, it is important to let one coat dry first before putting another. Do not spray near the surface because this can cause drips or bubbles. If imperfections happen, just sand that particular area and apply the primer again. The surface must be completely smooth, therefore inspect the area thoroughly and sand if needed. Remember that flaws are more obvious if the surface is already painted.
- Gently wipe the area again with wax remover or lacquer thinner to take out any dust or grease.
- Then, spray the chrome paint thinly. Two or three coats would be fine. The spray should be 8 to 10 inches away from the item to avoid darker spots. Continuously stop and check if the surface blends well. If you created imperfections, wait for the paint to completely dry up, probably the next day, before sanding the area again using a 1,500 grit paper. After which, you can clean and repaint the area.
- After the paint dries up, spray on the clear coat.
- After 2 to 3 days, finish off your project with the application of rubbing compound, waxing, and buffing.