How to Repair Enamel Paint

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Minor damage to enamel paint often can be repaired at home using an enamel repair kit available at a hardware or home supply store. These kits generally contain epoxy, wet/dry sandpaper, fine-grit sandpaper, gel coat enamel and an applicator.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hair dryer
  • Enamel repair kit
  • Clean the area well with rubbing alcohol before you begin the repair process. Dry the area with a hair dryer to ensure that the epoxy sticks to the area.

  • Lightly sand down the rough edges of the area that is chipped or cracked with fine-grit sandpaper. Smooth the edges as much as possible. Wipe away all sanding dust.

  • Fill in the damaged area with the epoxy. Remove any excess epoxy using the applicator tool. Allow the area to cure for 12 hours.

  • Lightly sand the cured epoxy with the wet/dry sandpaper included in the kit. Wet the fine-grit sandpaper and sand the repair to a smooth finish.

  • Mix the appropriate color enamel according to the kit directions. Apply a layer of enamel to the repaired area. Allow the enamel to dry for 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Epoxy does not stick to a wet surface. Dry the area well.
  • Sand the area smoothly to ensure that the repair blends into the existing enamel.

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  • Photo Credit Paint brush and aqua paints image by PaulPaladin from Fotolia.com
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