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Old 06-26-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Can one use fingernail polish....

Hello, All!

I was washing my new 2010 Ford Focus last week and noticed two itsy, bitsy spots on the rear bumper that have chipped to the black undercoat(?). My car is all white and I want to keep it looking as nice as I can ... thus, though these be such tiny chips, I still would like to deal with them now before they get larger.

Will white fingernail polish do well for such minor repair work? I'm without a job at present time and so I'd like to save a buck if I can get away with it. The largest of the two chips is barely the size of a pencil point, incidentally.

Thanks for your help!!:-)

Btw, I hope I posted this in the right place. I looked for something relating to paint but couldn't find such a place.


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Old 06-26-2011, 11:25 PM   #2
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Hello, All!

I was washing my new 2010 Ford Focus last week and noticed two itsy, bitsy spots on the rear bumper that have chipped to the black undercoat(?). My car is all white and I want to keep it looking as nice as I can ... thus, though these be such tiny chips, I still would like to deal with them now before they get larger.

Will white fingernail polish do well for such minor repair work? I'm without a job at present time and so I'd like to save a buck if I can get away with it. The largest of the two chips is barely the size of a pencil point, incidentally.

Thanks for your help!!:-)

Btw, I hope I posted this in the right place. I looked for something relating to paint but couldn't find such a place.
to be honest get the color code off of the car and give your local ford dealer a call. ask for parts and then tell them you need a bottle of touch up paint. tell them your car info (vin and the paint code if they need it) then when they have it in stock you can pick it up. who knows maybe they already have it there.

10-20 bucks max then you have the right color match and a brush built in for easy application.
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Yeah, I'd recommend just going to a dealer and buying some touch up paint. I have a 2011, and got a chip in the roof from a rock after owning it for only two months. It was down to the metal, so I definitely had to paint it. Fast.

The touch up cost me $15, but it is matched to the body color. If you use nail polish, it will show.
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Thank you, gentlemen; I'll call the dealer and see what they recommend. The two spots in question are super small and so we'll see what they say. I thank you for your comments!!
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Considering the size of the chips, I would think nail polish would be just fine, and a hell of a lot cheaper than a bottle of touch up paint that will probably become garbage by the time You need to use it again. I mean how close does the color have to be to fill two points the size of a pencil tip? Save Yourself $12+ and potentially hours of aggravation.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #6
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Considering the size of the chips, I would think nail polish would be just fine, and a hell of a lot cheaper than a bottle of touch up paint that will probably become garbage by the time You need to use it again. I mean how close does the color have to be to fill two points the size of a pencil tip? Save Yourself $12+ and potentially hours of aggravation.
Thanks for that. That's sort of what I was thinking. I basically want something that'll keep the moisture out and last for a good long time.
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I'm thinking, do it right or do it twice. I'm not sure that nail polish that only lasts a week on my girls fingers will last all that long on your bumper.
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I'm working on the idea that the OP doesn't have a job and may not have $10-$20 to spare for a tube or bottle of touch up paint, in which case I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Besides, a fingernail is far more likely to come in contact with things that make the polish chip than a bumper should, so it may last a little longer, not to mention even if it doesn't hold up for to long You can pull literally hundreds of applications out of that polish bottle that cost $2-$3. Hopefully by the time You need the real deal You can afford it is all I'm saying.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:25 AM   #9
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I'm thinking, do it right or do it twice. I'm not sure that nail polish that only lasts a week on my girls fingers will last all that long on your bumper.

I bought a bottle of nail polish for $1.97 at Warmart last night. The spot I need it for isn't much bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. So, I think I'll give it a couple of coats, letting it dry in between coats, of course, and see how it works.

Who knows, maybe it'll work great and word will get out what a (cheap) genius I am.
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I took my 08 to the body shop and had them re paint both bumpers with 3 coats of Ford paint and 3 coats of clear coat! The paint job looks good and heavy! matches the car perfect and isn't expencive.The Ford Factory tried to use as little paint as they thought they could get away with its damn thin!
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