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Old 04-30-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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What to do with tiny rust spot?

Ok, so I drove the other day in my wife's EX35 because I was picking something up, and I discovered this chip spot that now has rust on it.



I know that I should get rid the rust before using any touch-up paint to cover this spot (it's about 1cm in width and 0.5cm in height)

The thing is, how do I do it properly?

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what i do might not be the correct way but i rub paint thinner on that little area then touch up and clear it
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Would the paint thinner damage the paint around it?
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DO NOT USE PAINT THINNER, it will damage the paint.

Your best bet is to sand it off then primer then paint it
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Doesnt nissan have a 10 year warranty on paint?
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i have used thinner many times on my car i just wipe it off right after then wax
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A bit of paint thinner shouldn't do much to properly cured and/or waxed paint (as far as my experience goes) but with a patch that size I usually mask it off, sand the rust off completely, prime, and touch up. Haven't ever had a problem. Oh and I don't wax the spot for a month.

Edit: safer to avoid the thinner, I might have been lucky and my car usually as a heavy coat of sealant on it.
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they sell these small adj prep pens for stuff like this. Easily found at canadian tire or some lordco
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A bit of paint thinner shouldn't do much to properly cured and/or waxed paint (as far as my experience goes) but with a patch that size I usually mask it off, sand the rust off completely, prime, and touch up. Haven't ever had a problem. Oh and I don't wax the spot for a month.

Edit: safer to avoid the thinner, I might have been lucky and my car usually as a heavy coat of sealant on it.
What sandpaper should I get? Does primer comes in like touch-up paint size?

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they sell these small adj prep pens for stuff like this. Easily found at canadian tire or some lordco
What is adj prep pen? Like, if I walk into a lordco, do I just tell them that I have a rust spot and I need a "prep pen"?
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Heres a link for the pens
LANGKA Paint Chip and Scratch Repair
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LANGKA Paint Chip and Scratch Repair
I got that exact one at cantire awhile back. Works well.
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I used 600-800 grit sandpaper that I just had lying around at home, the primer was a small bottle for touch up purposes I bought from Canadian Tire, and the touch up paint was a bottle of pre-made from the dealer.

Be careful with sanding, mind. You just want the rust off, and maybe a minuscule amount of damaged surrounding paint. The touch up won't look perfect but at least it's not too noticeable and it'll prevent further damage.
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use the pen lets you get in the area you need and not damage the surrounding area
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