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Scratches and chips

I have a few scratches on my passenger door and rear quarter panel. I think it goes though to the primer but i'm not sure. Its a fairly large area (5x7). what should i do? repaint the whole area? would fading be a factor in a 98 to match paint?

i also have paint chips on the metal panel below the grill and above the bumper, some very visible areas have chipped revealing the black base cote underneath.

how much would repainting these parts go? I asume that have to remove the front bumper for the plastic peice.
 
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Can anyone give me an estimate, or how it would look after (especially with the paint chiped panel).
 






it is really hare to estimate without pictures.... fade shouldnt be too much of a problem.... off hand by a good shop maybe $1000
 






Here's how I do it at work-

Try to do it indoors if you can. Take a toothpick and dip it in the bottle of touch up. Use that just like a brush and fill in the scratches. The brush is WAY too messy. I usually let the paint dry and then put another coat on to get the paint to be a little higher than the paint on the panel. Then I wetsand it with 1000 grit, followed by 1500 and then 2000. Then buff it with a wool pad and compound, followed by a foam pad and 3M foam pad glaze. A coat of wax finishes it off. You can't even tell it was there.
 






Originally posted by The Godfather
Here's how I do it at work-

Try to do it indoors if you can. Take a toothpick and dip it in the bottle of touch up. Use that just like a brush and fill in the scratches. The brush is WAY too messy. I usually let the paint dry and then put another coat on to get the paint to be a little higher than the paint on the panel. Then I wetsand it with 1000 grit, followed by 1500 and then 2000. Then buff it with a wool pad and compound, followed by a foam pad and 3M foam pad glaze. A coat of wax finishes it off. You can't even tell it was there.

sounds good. where do i get this stuff?
 






A parts store for the sand paper and I got my buffer online. But, the buffer is $200 and you can really screw it up if you don't know what you're doing. Those $40 ones from Sears are nothing but toys. I've been doing this for 8+ years and am still learning how to do stuff. You'd almost be better filling the scratches yourself and then taking it to a detail shop and having them finish it off.
 






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