Stone chips are a common feature in car paintwork, usually on the hood, bumper, headlights and fenders. They create small, deep and very localized damage in the paint.
Stone chips occur when debris is kicked up from the road and impacts with the surface of your car. The stone will penetrate into the surface and may expose the metal panel underneath. Leaving this untreated may result in corrosion occurring, which can result in a panel becoming rusted. Depending on the size and quantity of the stone chips on the car the repair process can vary from touchups to complete panel repaint.
When Panel Repair And Paint Is Recommended
- When the stone chip has exposed the base metal
- When the car damage has rust spots
- When you have multiple chips or very large chips
Rust is a problem for chip repairs as the paint cannot adhere to rusty metal. If you don’t clear up the rust first, it will continue to spread through the metal. This can result in a costly repair or panel replacement in the future.