To many of us, our vehicle is an extension of ourselves. Our personality, tastes and lifestyle plays a huge part in which type of vehicle we choose to drive. The Chief absolutely loves classic Toyota Camrys. I’m not real certain why, other than he says it’s a tank (and it really does seem to be) and it’s incredibly safe.
He actually spent a few years searching for just the right one and when he found it, he was super disappointed to realize that it was in Virginia. We live in Arkansas, so that’s very far away! But, as I’m sure you know, I love him very much so I packed 2 of my Monkeys and we took off on a road trip.
It was a great drive and a fabulous road trip! We had so much fun, even got to try out Skinny Pop Popcorn on the way! We got it home to him with no issues, it was fabulous and he was elated.
Fast forward a few years, life has taken it’s toll and it now has a paint chip taken out thanks to some lovely person dinging the door. I don’t know why, but for whatever reason that car seems to have a big red flashing light telling every other car to attack it. LOL. But again, it’s a tank, so it doesn’t dent easily.
As a matter of fact, after being rear ended on 5 separate occasions, it still has no dents! It does have that paint chip though, and a nice sized blue scuff from a door hitting it. So when Chipex approached me about their paint chip repair service, I LEAPED at the chance! A DIY that could get rid of my husbands paint chip, why yes, thank you!
In order to obtain the correct color, you have to match your paint. For Chief’s car, I looked up the paint color from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, I forgot that it had been repainted, so the color is slightly off. On the bright side, it’s white so You really can’t tell unless you either know or look closely. The directions for the product were simple and easy to follow and I was completely finished within 20 minutes.
Aside from having to wash your car before you apply it, everything was in the kit. The directions were very clear and simple to follow. As you can see from the picture, it did very well to help with the chip. However, it was not very helpful on the skid mark on the door. I do believe if I get a paint brush that I can do a better job and plan to do so in the future. Overall, I really liked ChipEx. It was a simple way to fix small chips in the paint without having to either just live with it or go and get a new paint job.
In addition, they also sent me Screen Wash. While I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet, I am looking forward to doing so! I’m hoping it helps this fall! It says that it’s professional grade and given the quality of the paint, I do not doubt that claim.
5 Easy Ways to Help Prevent Dings on Your Vehicle
- Teach the Monkeys! When I was a kid, we were taught not to touch cars, to be careful with things around the car and to take very good care of it. Teaching the kiddos to respect vehicles (and of course all property) will not only start them on the right track, but it could be what inspires them NOT to throw a ball towards the vehicle!
- Parking far Away. While it can be a pain to walk further, remember that people are less likely to park beside you and ding your car if you park further back in the parking lot. When I was a child my parents had a show car, they always parked as far away from anyone else as possible when they went to stores. We had to walk, but it was good exercise! These days, it seems like we are seeking out ways to walk more since everything is so sedentary, so you’ll get an added bonus with this one!
- Look and guesstimate how far the door on the car beside you will open. If it’s close enough to hit easily, you may want to park elsewhere.
- Glance in for car seats in the car next to you. We need space to put the little ones in cars so we often have to extend the door in order to get them secured. If there is a car seat, make sure they have more than enough room to leave the door open while strapping the little ones in without hitting your car. If not, you probably should move to another space.
- Look at the height of the vehicle you are parking next to, if it is another vehicle similar in height to yours and if your car has protective rubber door moldings those moldings may protect your car’s doors, but SUV’s and truck doors are taller and may cause dents higher than your moldings can protect, move to another spot.
Originally posted 2016-10-20 13:29:23.