A couple weeks ago I took the suburban to get it washed, and a little spot of paint that had chipped off, turned into a big chunk of paint that went MIA.
This time I saw that the chips went all the way down to metal. (Top right grey color)
I had a couple of choices, ignore it some more, repaint the whole truck, or try to fix it myself.
Ignore it certainly hadn't helped up to this point, and I knew I had some white paint leftover from my repair of under the battery compartment of the Jeep. I thought it would be a pretty good match.
It's funny, I'm not a fan of white vehicles, and yet I have two trucks painted the whitest white you can imagine. It certainly wasn't intentional thats just the color they came with, and I'm very much a function over form kinda guy. I wouldn't turn down a good truck just because it was white.
Materials: my auto masking tape, sanding pad, 1000 grit wet sand paper, old newspapers, old t-shirts, and paint prep cleaner (all left over from my wheel resto project). I used the low grit sand pad to knock off any weak chips and to round off the edges of the remaining paint. I gave the windshield a slight dusting overspray after the first pass, so after this photo I cleaned it off and put more newspaper up to keep that from happening again. You need more newspaper than you think.
I used the 1000grit to knock the edge off the new paint where it abutted the masking tape. It's a Good From Far, but Far From Good job. There is a slight hue difference between the white paints, and theres a difference in the surface texture, but I made the ridge to be in the middle of the curve so it's very difficult to see it if your more than 10' away. I should have practiced with some body filler and additional sanding, but I'll do that next time. It does the job for now.
So heres the true out of pocket repair cost: $0; I already had everything from other projects, and still plenty of paint in the rattle can for a few more projects.