Rock chips - how much to have the professionally fixed?

Discussion in 'Viper Detailing Tips & Tricks' started by Jay M, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Jay M

    Jay M Enthusiast

    Posts:
    296
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    When I bought the car there were one or two chips, now there are 3 or 4. I do plan to continue to drive the car, but I also want to keep it looking as good as possible.

    Is it better to deal with them a few at a time, or wait til there are a dozen and have them all fixed at once?

    My Lexus with 86,000 miles looks really bad, I don't want the Viper to ever get like that.

    I would prefer to have a professional do it rather than use something like Dr. Colorchip.

    Do you have any idea how much chip repairs cost?

    thanks,
    ~Jay
     
  2. 01sapphirebob

    01sapphirebob Enthusiast

    Posts:
    4,962
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Location:
    "OIHO"
    This is my school of thought. I would just wait till there are a bunch. Then get her repainted.
     
  3. cetro993

    cetro993 Enthusiast

    Posts:
    32
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I would suggest clear film. If you protect the whole hood, you won't see the seam.
     
  4. goldcup

    goldcup Viper Owner

    Age:
    51
    Posts:
    1,581
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2006
    Location:
    Lee Summit Mo.
    Not sure what pro repair costs as I have always done it myself. Done properly it's nearly invisible. Repair now and cover with clear bra or get used to the idea of significant chipping and repaints. As poor as the factory paint is on GenIV's I'd rather have factory paint.
     
  5. VYPR BYT 94

    VYPR BYT 94 Viper Owner

    Posts:
    2,458
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Location:
    Green, OH
    I second that... fix now and add clear bra! My paint is 18 1/2 yrs now with 27k on it. Still good but soon I'll replace the invisible bra since it has some dings. Awesome stuff.
     
  6. Junkman2008

    Junkman2008 Enthusiast

    Posts:
    706
    Joined:
    May 19, 2010
    If you have them professionally repaired and they do it right, they are going to remove the bumper, which will cost a bit. I don't think 4 chips would warrant the cost. I would instead use a product like Dr. Colorchip to fix the chips. I drive the hell out of my car so I jut remove the bumper and paint the thing about once every two years.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jay M

    Jay M Enthusiast

    Posts:
    296
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    I was also considering a clear bra, but will it look as good as properly polished bare paint?

    I might give Dr Colorchip a try, I just hope I don't make it look worse.

    ~Jay
     
  8. cetro993

    cetro993 Enthusiast

    Posts:
    32
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Jay, you won't really notice a big difference between the two if it's done properly.
     
  9. texas_venom

    texas_venom Viper Owner

    Posts:
    483
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2007
    Location:
    Great State of Texas
    A properly installed clear bra will look great. It may not look as good as prefect paint but rock chips will happen and that paint wont look perfect for long.
     

Share This Page