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Large paint chip

Hello everyone,
I was looking at my hood the other day when I noticed a rather large flake of paint lifting up. Underneath is what appears to be white primer. I can actually lift it partway with my fingernail.
Any suggestions on how to fix it? It's actually been a slight bulge on my hood for almost two years, so I knew something wasn't right with it. I don't think the surrounding area is in trouble.

I have a bottle of motorcraft touch up paint which works pretty well, but I'm not sure how helpful would it be in this case. Should I paint the edges of the flake to keep it from coming off, or should I pull if off carefully and paint the resulting grey spot? Would brush paint even work here? I've used aerosol cans before for smaller paint projects but never a hood.

Honestly I'm not too focused on making it show car quality, but since the rest of the car's paint is in excellent shape I would like the repair to last a while and not look too shabby. Ignore the date, I just reset the camera and never set the date

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This link is from the tech articles and gives a decent rundown of the process, yours is a much larger area so you'll have to scale up the operation. But this should get you going.
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Should I use brush paint? Or aerosol paint?
I don't know how easily I would be able to cover that kind of spot with brush paint without it making a large blob or showing brush strokes. Sanding that size of a spot makes me nervous.

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The problem is a small chip happened, and water got in and started rusting.

The white is apparently the galvanization on the metal surface rusting off.

My red Cougar did the same thing:



Note the hood under the mark 8 LCA; is that the white stuff you're talking about?

(As it eats the paint off, I sand and repaint it so it won't rust any further; that's all been painted now. I'm going to get it professionally painted, if I don't coat it with carbon fiber)

I'd fix it, then paint the entire hood with new clearcoat.

Heck, if you can, coat the entire car in clearcoat; it's all starting to come off of my cars.

They will need paint soon.


Whatever paint you use needs to be compatible with the factory paint; otherwise, it will remove the rest of the factory paint over time.

I painted my Red Cougars hood with a popular paint matching color; it was not the same color, and it pulled the other paint off over the last few years.

Plastidip noes not hurt stock paint that I can tell.

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Thanks for the replies. The grey does look like that in the picture, but it's still hard for me to see. I know that it's not 100% possible to get a perfect match, but the rest of the hood is in great condition and I don't mind a slightly off looking spot.
I'm mostly worried that the flake will either come off and pull more paint with it, or will come off and expose the edges of the damaged area allowing more lifting to occur.

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