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How To Fill And Paint Small Holes

There is nothing more annoying than small holes on your car body. Whether these holes are on the bumper or the door, they can look unsightly. If you leave the small holes unattended, they could even end up damaging and compromising the very structure of your car. This is usually the result of rust forming when the metal of your car body is exposed to the elements. This is why it is always smart to fix small holes in your car as soon as you notice them. Don't wait around for rust to form and create a more expensive problem to fix. This article explains how to fill and paint small holes in your car body.

Prep and Fill the Hole

First, you want to fill the hole so it is sealed and waterproofed. For this, you need to invest in an auto body filler and auto sandpaper. This is just like normal sandpaper, except it has a much finer grit so it won't scratch the paint. First, lightly sand a small perimeter around the actual hole. This will lightly roughen up the auto paint so the filler will have a better surface to adhere to. Next, you will need to spread the filler over the hole. For small holes you can just use your finger to cover it. Otherwise, use a plastic putty knife to spread the filler. Once the filler dries, you will then need to get sandpaper out and lightly buff out the filler until it is flat and even with the shape of the car. At this point, your car will be ready for the touch up paint.

Paint Touch Up

To complete the job and hide the patch, we need to paint over it. You can get up paint from auto body stores, but you will get the best results if you find actual factory replacement paint from the dealership. The paint will come in a very small can with a tiny brush built into the lid. Be sparing when using the paint. It is better to apply several thin coats than apply one thick coat at once. This will enable the paint to dry smoother. Use the brush to lightly blend the edges in with the original paint.

When it comes down to it, your patch holes might still be noticeable upon close inspection. However, they will still look much better than if they are left to rust. Contact an auto repair shop for more help.