Last year, I had the opportunity to review a product called Chipex. My first thought was, “Sounds great, but I’d have to scratch the sweet paint job on my own car to try it out, so, no.” I guess I was meant to review Chipex, because a few months later, I came out of the office and saw this:
Seriously, who does this to someone and doesn’t leave a note?
Had I lost out on my opportunity? Would Chipex be able to fix this? Would I have to take poor Cherry in for some body work?
I lucked out. The good folks at Chipex were still willing to let me try their product. Now, to figure out what color I needed – Chipex has a “100% color-match guarantee,” and provides instructions on where to find your car’s paint color. Who knew there were so many different shades of “Basque red”? Or that I would not find the label where the label where it was supposed to be!? Never mind; my Honda dealership checked their records and verified for me exactly which color to choose.
When the kit arrived, it looked like this:
Chipex thought of everything, including the gloves! It looks daunting – I mean, in the past, I’ve had dealers hand me a small bottle of touch-up paint with a little brush that looked like nail polish. This is professional-level stuff! Ladies, if you’ve ever colored your own hair, this is similar, but takes less time – in fact, it takes less time than applying a coat of nail polish and dries in about 1/20th of the time.
First, wash the car:
Next, glove up. The gloves are included, and they’re decent quality – not those cheap gloves that split at the seams and last through only one use.
Using a Microbrush® (several are included; they look like a skinny Q-tips) to apply a small dab of paint to the damaged areas. Give the paint just 1-5 minutes to dry to the touch, then apply the blending solution to the paper cloth and gently wipe flat. Finally, when that’s dry, apply a bit of the polish, let dry, and buff gently with the microfiber cloth, The instructions are included in the kit and very easy to follow.
Here’s that same spot, about 10 minutes after I started:
I’m set for a while; the kit includes plenty of material for touch-ups and larger “road rash” repairs. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever applied any paint to a car. It’s the sort of thing I’d normally leave to the pros, at many times the cost.
I’ll be reviewing the Screenwash at a later date. I’m looking forward to it! Should be able to do that around the time the rains usually hit, here in Houston, in the spring. Do we get rain, here in Houston? Why yes – yes, we do:
I received my kit around the time I had my last oil change, and while the directions for filling the reservoir are clear enough, I have no idea how to drain the thing, other than to use it! I’m not siphoning it out just to fill it back up again. (For some reason, that brings to mind horrible jokes about siphoning the wrong tank from an RV.) But here’s a video that demonstrates how well it works:
And another reviewer did a great demo, here (I suppose he didn’t want to siphon the reservoir, either – but the results are impressive):
For now, I’m just going to leave you with this chance to win a kit for yourself and give Chipex a try:
We recently had my son’s car repaired similarly to what I just showed you here. It was several hundred dollars at the body shop. Slightly larger area, slightly more professional result than I’m capable of achieving on the first try (without a bit more practice!). But $80 vs. hundreds? No contest. I definitely recommend getting a Chipex kit, perfectly color-matched to your car’s paint job, and giving this a go, first.
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