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Old 04-05-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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How to treat a 1.5" crack in the paint ??

I normally pride myself on taking excellent care of my vehicles. Well Murphy's Law struck Easter Sunday. I got a rather large door ding that also created a 1.5 inch crack in the paint. Yesterday a phenomenal PDR guy removed the ding, but the crack still remains. I'm concerned it could spread or flake off at some point.

How do the pros recommend sealing it to insure it doesnt grow or flake?

Vehicle - 2005 X3 Titan Silver

Thanks much in advance!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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It needs to be sanded out and repainted.

EDIT: One thing that "may" give you some time is to get a bottle of clear nail polish (if they even make it, I don't know) and cover the crack. It will not be a permanent fix, just delay the inevitable, getting it repainted.

EDIT #2: Wife just said they do make a clear nail polish.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:39 AM   #3
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depends how deep it is mate, is it a propper crack in the paint or is it like a deep scratch, if your not sure run you finger nail over it to see, if its cracked then you will prob have to have it sanded back down and painted, but if its not cracked and just a deep scratch invest in a DA sander, and scratch remover products, however i recomed you get someone to teach you how to use a DA before you go at it on your car very easy to go through the paint, or maybe you could ask one of your local body shop guys to have a look and do a homer to save on the cost of putting it into the body shop and paying their hourly rates.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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I like the clear enamel idea best.
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