So I did a quickie repair to the roof of the Discovery, and it looks…ok, actually. It’s really hard to notice unless you know where it was, and even then it’s hard to spot. I suspect from directly overhead that might be a different story, but I’ve been up on a ladder and it’s fine.
Considering I did it all in about eight hours, using rattle cans, I think it turned out ok, so yay. The paint, primer and clear coat came from paintscratch.com, and considering the paint on this car is almost 20 years old, I’m pretty pleased by how closely it matches. This size repair essentially uses an entire can of color, a tenth of a can of primer, and maybe a third of a can of clear.
I’m pleased at how well this turned out, given the starting point, materials, and time invested. Would this work as well for a big spot in the middle of the bonnet? Probably not. But up where it is? It’s great and a lot better than staring at a huge blurp.
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