How to Fix Spider Web Cracks With Lacquer Paint

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Car paint can get etchings that look like spider webs or bird feces. Washing the car and polishing it won’t remove the etchings and even though fine scratch remover can sometimes help, other times repainting the car is necessary. Remove the cobweb by performing a touch-up paint job with a lacquer paint, which covers the scratches. Applying the paint cleanly can be challenging, since defects caused by the touch-up job can be visible.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft small brush
  • Primer
  • Clear coat paint
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Instructions

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      Look at the extent of the damage. If the scratches are light, meaning the scratch has not moved past the primer into the metal, you can attempt to rub heavy polish into the paint to remove the spider web crack. These heavier polishes essentially buff the paint job.

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      Find paint a matching paint color. The closer the color, the less the touch-up repainting job will stand out. If the car has a custom paint, contact the paint shop that painted your car for lacquer paint with the identical color. If the paint came from the factory, contact the dealer to see if they have touch-up paint in the same shade as your car.

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      Clean the area that you wish to paint with dish soap so dirt does not make the paint job look uneven. Dry the area. To completely remove grease and wax, place prep solvent on a lint free towel and rub out the grease and wax buildup.

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      Apply primer when the scratches expose bare metal. Primer will allow the new paint to adhere to the car exterior.

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      Shake the paint before applying it. Lightly brush on a coat and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply another coat and repeat the process. Keep repeating this process until the cobweb scratch is no longer visible. Do not use wet sand or prep solvent after each coat.

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      Brush a clear coat of paint -- paint with no added pigment -- over the lacquer paint. The coat protects the layers of paint beneath from ultra violet rays. After waiting 10 to 20 minutes, apply another clear coat. Repeat this process a third time. Be as gentle as possible with the brush, since you can potentially ruin the undercoat of paint. The paint can easily scratch if applied with an abrasive product or a rubbing or polishing compound.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid applying the new paint in direct sunlight.

  • Do not touch the finished paint job until two hours have passed. To be even more cautious, do not touch the new coat of paint until it has dried overnight.

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