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How to Repair Chips in a Motorcycle Paint With a Pen or Brush

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the worst things that happen to a nice paint job is getting chips in it. Chipped paint may not be noticeable to most people, but the bike's owner can't see the motorcycle without seeing the chips. Repairing chipped paint is not hard and can be done a couple of different ways. Learn how to repair chips in a motorcycle paint job with a pen or brush and get your paint looking like it should.

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  1. Sand the edges of the chipped paint with the 800 grit sandpaper stick pen. Place the tip of the pen on the chip and move it back and forth and left to right. Most chips reach down to the bare metal, so the metal and the edges of the paint must be sanded smooth to create a more even surface. If the edges of the paint are not sanded, a hard line will show once the paint has dried. If the paint touches smooth, unsanded bare metal, it will eventually flake off because paint does not adhere well to smooth bare metal.

  2. Wipe the sanded area with wax and grease remover using a microfiber towel. This removes any dirt, dust, wax or grease particles left behind. Fingerprints leave grease that ruin paint after it has dried. A microfiber towel will not leave lint on the surface.

  3. Shake the touch-up paint well before opening it so that it is properly mixed. For small chips, just use the tip of the paint pen or paint brush to touch or dab the chipped area until it is covered. For slightly larger chips, use the same dabbing technique so that enough paint gets into the chip, and then use a brushing stroke to smooth the paint. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes. Apply a coat of clear coat touch up paint using the same method. Allow it to dry for a few hours before handling the area.

  4. Tip

    Order touch-up paint from the dealer or from an automotive paint supply shop to make sure you get an exact match for your paint. For very small chips, a slightly darker or lighter shade won't matter.

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Things You'll Need

  • Matching touch-up paint
  • 800-grit sandpaper stick pen
  • Wax and grease remover
  • Microfiber towel
  • Clear coat paint

About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including lovetoknow.com, autotropolis.com, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.

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