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Auto Detailing News and Tips , Issue #010 Sept. 2014, Getting Ready For The Big Chill.
September 29, 2014 Issue #10

Welcome to the tenth issue of the e-zine! Each month we will be providing tips and product reviews to help make the detailing process easier for you. If you have a picture of your latest detailing project we invite you to submit it with a small description of your process and products used for the job.

This month I will be discussing rock chip repair. Rock chips are something every vehicle encounters at some point in its life. Not only do they look bad, they can also introduce corrosion.

This bright red Nissan Sentra is in great shape, however rock chips prevent it from looking its best.

If you live in a climate where winters bring snow and ice, chances are roads are being salted. That salt attacks the bare metal exposed by the rock chip, causing rust. It is surprising just how fast that rust can spread if you ignore the problem.

Repairing and refinishing the damaged panel is obviously the best way to keep your vehicle looking its best. However that is very expensive. One way to keep your vehicle looking good without breaking the bank is by using touch up paint.

Touch up paint works very well at hiding small chips and scratches. Not only does it help maintain a good appearance, it can help prevent corrosion from happening to the damaged area.

Keep in mind, there are draw backs to touch up paint. Obviously if your vehicles paint is excessively chipped or has large chips, a body shop is the best answer for you. Touch up paint usually matches well but often its not a perfect match. Especially with metallic or pearlescent paints, its very difficult to have an exact match.

The great thing about touch up paint though is it works really well on vehicles with minor chipping.

Touch up paint.

To determine which paint to buy, you need to locate your vehicles paint code. This is often located on the inside of the drivers door, however they can be under the spare tire cover, the glove box, depending on the manufacturer. On the door for instance it may say pnt for paint, then the code. In the case of the red Nissan it is A20. Other manufacturers may have BC/CC, which stands for base coat/clear coat and then list the paint code. Once you locate the paint code, you can buy the correct shade of touch up paint.

Make sure to gradually build the paint up in the chipped area. This is best achieved by not loading the paint brush up. The trick is to build the paint up so the chipped area is level with the undamaged surface.

As you can see, those 4 larger rock chips are very hard to notice now that the touch up paint has been applied.

How about another quote?

"When you start using senses you've neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes."

Barbara Sher

Fall is here and the leaves are turning yellow, orange, red and brown and winter will be here before we know it. Soon we will have to adjust our driving habits to reflect the cold and slippery driving conditions.

Drive carefully.

Here is a quick reminder that we have a page on Pinterest with some of the most awesome pictures of cars,trucks and airplanes that we have ever seen on the web. Check 'em out. has started a "booth" on the website . Offering products related to the auto detailing industry;to the auto body repair and painting industry; and products for boats and motorcycles as well.

There are categories available for products that are not related to the auto industry but you are more then welcome to browse to see what is available.

Until next month, thanks for reading our ezine #10.

See you next month.

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