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#1 vjordon

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:57 PM

I have several very small stone chips on my White (pearlescent) 370z , just spoke to Nissan and i have been told there is not a touch-up paint that will do .

 

Anyone have any thoughts or had any dealings with this or can help in any way .

 

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:05 PM

What's the paint code?

 

If you open the driver's door and look at the white sticker, where it says 'colour trim', you'll see a 3 digit code (I think my grey colour is KAD). Then you can look on ebay to see if anyone does it.

If your colour code is QAB, it might be worth trying here - http://www.ebay.co.u...vDcunByVIEJ9VTw

 

Just bought a touch up bottle for my wife's new car and it's a perfect match.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:15 PM

I know some Nissan garages are on eBay as well I got my black touch up paint on there. I think your code is QAB but worth double checking that

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:16 PM

Vicky, given that the front won't/can't rust, most folks just let the chips accumulate until the wallet/purse will permit a bumper respray. The ones I saw on your car at LC aren't that prominent, and I'm afraid the shape of the front makes the Zed very prone to them.

Nissan's point is that they don't sell a touch-up for your colour - an automotive paint shop, however, can source any paint given its code and do several blend-ins for you. They just have to buy the minimum quantity, which is way too much so is inefficient, and then you pay their labour, but you'll never see the blends if they are any good.

If you use another white touch-up paint it can sometimes look worse than not doing anything at all, but can be the cheapest way out if you get a reasonable match. Genuine chips, which have removed the top paint surface through the lacquer, are beyond the OCDT should you come to Mod Day.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:19 PM

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:20 PM

Vicky, given that the front won't/can't rust, most folks just let the chips accumulate until the wallet/purse will permit a bumper respray...

 

I'm of a different opinion on this one, Jeff. Touch up paint is one of the first things I buy when I change cars. You're right that it won't rust, but IMHO it's better to have a bit of paint on a chip, even if it's only a 90% match.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:28 PM

Yeah, fair point with a white car, Chubbs.
Fred I - 350Z 2007 Gunmetal. 6 CD changer, full leather, reverse sensors. SOLD.
Fred II - 370Z GT 2011 Gunmetal. Premium connect. GT spec. Seriously un-modified. See-through windows, and a wheel at each corner. Sold 13 July 14. Gone.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 05:23 PM

I gave Chipex a go the other week. I also have the pearlescent white paint (Code QAB). 

 

I had to do to a two paint step touch up. First is a white base. Let it cure for 24 hours and put the pearlescent top coat on top. If the white base coat doesn't cure properly, the pearlescent paint kind of makes the white base coat wet again and it mixes. I had to start from scratch as a result

 

The base coat is easy to do but the pearlescent coat I found quite difficult as you have to apply quite sparingly. Can't simply wipe off the excess like the white base coat. 

 

I'll get a picture of the chip I did when it stops raining to give you an idea. 

 

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Top photo is the chip I repaired with chipex. Spent quite a long time on this chip to build up the layers so quite pleased with the result. The chip was very deep down to the metal with a small dint in it. 

 

The bottom photo is a chip repair by the previous owner for comparison. No idea what they used. 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:07 PM

Thank-you all so much for the comments and thoughts , i will get the car out either tomorrow or Saturday and have a look at the code .

 

And Jeff ... i hope to be there, fingers crossed . 

 

Cheers guys .

 

Vicky x


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:38 AM

Its the effect of the pearlescent that you won't get from a brush.

 

They achieve a white pearlescent paint finish by painting the car first in a white base colour. The pearl coat is sprayed over the base. The more coats of pearl, the more pearlescent you end up with.

 

When touching in with a brush your loading it with the pearl. So it may look different to the rest of the bodywork.

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:23 AM

There's also the problem that a colour code may have been used several times for similar shades by Nissan. When my body repairer and I were trying to find the correct paint the paint supplier produced about 15 different shades that all claimed to be the same code. Any pearlescent or similar paint match is going to suffer these problems. My next car will be a flat colour....


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Blade Silver Juke NISMO Manual - Dumbo

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:26 AM

p.s. and that's why Nissan will not supply touch-up kits.


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Champagne R35 GT-R MY15 Premium 45th Anniversary Edition - The Expensive Mistress
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Blade Silver Juke NISMO Manual - Dumbo

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:10 PM

Neutreus gave me a touch up kit with the car, said he hadn`t dared use it and neither have I, mine is also pearlescent white but has a lot of stone chips thanks to West and North Yorkshire`s re-surfacing regime which involves several thousand tonnes more chippings than is required  :cursing:

 

I think I will be getting the front end done when the time is right, though you only see them with a closer look.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:50 PM

Gav, when you have the time/money/need to get the front re-sprayed it is worth considering whether you also have the cash to get the front wrapped. This is the only way I know of making the cosmetic stone chips become a thing of the past. Its not a cheap option, however.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:25 PM

There's also the problem that a colour code may have been used several times for similar shades by Nissan. When my body repairer and I were trying to find the correct paint the paint supplier produced about 15 different shades that all claimed to be the same code. Any pearlescent or similar paint match is going to suffer these problems. My next car will be a flat colour....

Both of my Zeds are!

Sarah's Juke is metallic but you can only tell on a sunny day. I accidentally used the wrong yellow touch up paint on it over winter. Another job for me to sort out! :blush:
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:22 AM

Gav, when you have the time/money/need to get the front re-sprayed it is worth considering whether you also have the cash to get the front wrapped. This is the only way I know of making the cosmetic stone chips become a thing of the past. Its not a cheap option, however.

Happy Birthday for the other day - I'm sorry but I missed it!

Jeff.

Yes that would a consideration Jeff and I would bite the bullet and get it done for future protection  :thumbsup:

 

Thanks for the birthday 


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:34 PM

It's time I bought some touch up paint for the Z.  What do people recommend?

 

I seem to remember A Pair Of Flabby Wings said he was pleased with some he bought off ebay but I can't find the post.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:06 PM

I'm wondering where I posted it now too!?  I'll have a look in my Zed's file tomorrow to find the paperwork and will let you know.  I'm sure I paid somewhere between a fiver and a tenner for one of the usual sized small bottles, and you only got the one bottle rather than a separate clearcoat.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 06:31 AM

Thanks mate. I think you posted it in the WHYDFY 350Z Today but I failed to find it!
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Posted 19 July 2017 - 06:35 AM

It's time I bought some touch up paint for the Z.  What do people recommend?

 

I seem to remember A Pair Of Flabby Wings said he was pleased with some he bought off ebay but I can't find the post.

 

Your colour code isn't EAC is it?

http://www.ebay.co.u...vDcunByVIEJ9VTw

 

I bought mine there and it was okay.


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