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Unread 02-22-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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fixing scratches and chips, quick question

I have a lot of small and big scratches in the paint, some down to the primer and bare metal. I found some paint that seems to match perfectly (tried a little) which is great because I have a rare jeep color and they didn't carry a matching paint at any auto stores around here ( had to special order online)

anyway some articles online suggest sanding the area around it with 1000 grit sandpaper to make sure the surface is flat before using the paint. won't this scratch the clearcoat around the scratch???

But then I just apply the paint, wait for it to dry, and apply the clearcoat on top of it, right? Then should be good?

One other question. The original owner has about a 4" crescent shaped paint-over job on the hood. Must have had some damage or something. Anyway they did a bad job with the paint, and it doesn't even match color exactly, it's darker. What's the best way to fix this? What should I sand it off with, and then since it's so large should I apply a primer before paint?

any other general tips would be good thanks

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