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      08-18-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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Dr Color Chip = waste of money

Just wasted an hour of my life trying the "Miracle" of Dr Color chip. Verdict is that your better off with a paint pen. Color match is 10/10 (Graphite) but the rest is a waste. Tried every imaginable technique, light wiping med wiping dabbing not dabbing and it just takes off the paint
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      08-18-2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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It works for me.
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      08-18-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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Nothing you get is going to fully get rid of chips larger than the tip of a needle beside a repaint, unless you have the patience of a saint. The Dr. Color Chip product isn't designed to make your bumper look brand new...It's designed to make your bumper "look" new from a few feet away.

The only way to make actual chips disappear is you have to keep building up the paint past the chip itself and sand away the excess and use rubbing compound to smooth it out. That entire process, when done as "touch-up," will take weeks and weeks. If you've got chips bigger than the tip of a needle to completely get rid of it you will likely have to have the panel sanded down and re-painted (and it'll be done much quicker too).

What Dr. Color Chip does a pretty darn good job of, is getting rid of what I call "high-way rashes," the result of thousands and thousands of minute sand/dust sizes pits in the clear-coat, the result of sand/dust/tiny road debris kicked up from the car in front of you on the highway traveling at 80mph daily. You just smear the paint on, use the included solvent to dilute and fill the little pits, and then wait for about 15 minutes for the paint to lightly cure, then run over it with a mild POLISH to bring the luster back. The result is actually pretty darn good.

But for chips? Repaint. My plan is to use the Dr. Color Chip product once every year to minimize the look of a heavily pitted front bumper, then get the bumper repainted every 3 years to keep the front end of the car looking new.
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Interesting. I've read so many good things about this stuff, was going to buy a kit just to have.
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      08-19-2009, 09:06 AM   #5
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I used the kit on many vehicles and love using it. It take patience and practice. It is not the end all be all product, and like someone mentioned above it can only repair small chips.
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I agree - it works like crap - looks good if you step back a bit, but in the end the only way to fix the chip right is to fill it well and water sand and buff it out!
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