Review; Chipex paint chip repair system

I recently put a series of scratches on the back of our car. It was a careless mistake. We were going off as a family on a cycling expedition and I put three bikes on the bike rack.

Usually I only use it with two bikes and when we returned home, I was shocked to see the some metal components of the bike rack had scratched the car’s paintwork. It was my fault entirely, I’d overloaded the thing.

This photo doesn’t do the damage justice. The scratches went back to bare metal in one or two places.

The damage that needed repairing.

The damage that needed repairing.

I was just about to call the local car dealership to get some touch up paint when I was contacted by Chipex. The company produces what it calls “the most comprehensive and bespoke stone-chip repair syste available for cars today.” Well, I had to give it a go really didn’t I? It was very simple to use.

It arrives in a tub with three small bottles; blending solution, paint and polish plus various cloths and applicators. Here’s how I got on with it.

Firstly, you clean the affected area and then wipe it down with the blending solution. It is then time to paint, as the image below shows.

Painting the damage.

Painting the damage.

Once the paint is dry, you then gently rub it down with the blending solution. This removes any excess. As I was doing this I noticed the need to touch up in some places and so I repeated the first step again to ensure I got a better finish (please note, I should have been wearing gloves at this point.)

Blending the paintwork.

Blending the paintwork.

After this, you polish the paintwork. It’s as simple as using a soft cloth and the polish provided.

Polishing the paintwork.

Polishing the paintwork.

That’s it, the job is done. It’s incredibly simple and I don’t mind admitting I put it off for quite a while thinking this would be a long and labourious task. It isn’t, it’s actually very straightforward and wasn’t all that time consuming at all.

So what does the finished job look like? The finished paint job is very close to the original. It’s not perfect but touch up jobs never are. This was also a very tricky repair job because the scratches were so deep. My expectations were’t high, but they have been exceeded.

The finished job.

The finished job.

The range of colours available is very impressive. You can buy a kit from the Chipex website. Prices vary but expect to pay between £20 and £40.

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4 Comments

  1. menna thomas
    November 9, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    woke up one morning and someone had scratched my car when they were leaving their parking area. I was upset as I had recently purchased the car and the bodywork was immaculatealthoughit is 9 years old . I checked various body shops localy and they wanted 160 pounds to make good . a good friend said I should try chipex I did and he repaired the scratches . to say I’m happy with the paint and his work is an understatement you cant see the scratches at all now . he taped along he scratches both sides and took time and care to do the work the maint matches perfectly thank you

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 10, 2015 / 9:20 am

      Glad to hear you got your car fixed. I was very impressed with Chipex when I used it.

  2. Tj Bakewell
    July 7, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Impressive for a touch up job, the chip will be unnoticeable from a distance. I have some on the way for my daily, all the bumper is chipped in different area’s.

    • John Adams
      Author
      July 8, 2016 / 5:47 am

      Hope your repairs go well.