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I just received this useful information from Helm Inc. I guess I'm on their email list since I bought a service manual from them. Below is the information as received:

Here's how to repair a paint chip:

1. Purchase touch-up paint for your car. (For the correct paint, see your Owner Manual.)
2. Purchase a small amount of automotive clear coat.
3. Wash the area surrounding the paint chip and dry it thoroughly.
4. Using a small soft brush or Q-tip, clean out the paint chip.
5. Shake up the touch-up paint
6. Take a paper match and trim the non-lightable end to a point. Matches work well for applying paint.
7. Apply a small amount of paint to the chip. Try not to get any on the surrounding paint.
8. Allow the touch-up paint to dry thoroughly, then apply a layer of clear coat over the touch-up paint.
9. Allow the clear coat to dry then apply a second layer. You want to build the clear coat up higher than the surrounding paint.
10. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.
11. Using 1500-grit sand paper, lightly sand the area. Make sure there is no dirt on the car or the sand paper. This will cause scratches.
12. Using 2000-grit sand paper, sand the area again until smooth.
13. Finish the process using a fine polishing compound on a soft cloth. This will bring back the shine.
14. If you can still see swirl marks, try a car cleaner polish or a cleaner wax with a fine abrasive.
15. The paint chip should now be gone and very hard to see. only you will know where it was.

Tips:

1. Always check your Owner Manual and Service Manual before beginning any repair.
2. Don't be in a hurry. Make sure the paint is 100 percent dry before sanding.
3. only sand a very small area surrounding the paint chip. Don't go crazy.
4. Sand only in one direction; do not go round in circles.

For best repair results, make sure to reference the Factory Repair Manual. Visit www.helminc.com for the manuals you need.
 
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