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I caught a rock chip about 5/16ths" diameter on my front bumper. so I got some touch paint from the local Honda dealer. the rock gashed the bumper leaving ragged paint edges. I worked the edges down with some 800, 1000, 2000 grit paper, cleaned it and applied the paint. let it dry a couple of days and sanded it lightly down to even it out. the problem is the touch up paint turns darker when sanded or lightly buffed with a sponge pad and compound. I tried mixing a little clear coat into the paint, but get the same results. I have taken the paint off and reapplied it many times, hoping to get a perfect "blob" of paint over the spot, but to no avail. I even tried the mother's paint chip kit with the langka compound and get the same results.

anyone else have this problem or can offer a solution????

I have thought of masking the area off, and air brushing a small amount of paint on. I'll have to look locally for an airbrush "gun". I have an air compressor and 2 regular spray paint guns, but I know from previous use that they will not lay down a very small amount of paint. And I will have to go buy a lot of additional paint to get them to work.
 

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the touch paint is the real deal, Honda issue, NH700M. and I have shaken the paint for several minutes before applying. if this was not a metallic paint I don't think I would have this problem. I have touched up a lot chips in my time and can usually get the paint to flow into a chip so that's it's not noticeable. I was just out in the garage looking at it again. thought may be if I took the bumper off and got it horizontal instead of vertical, I might have a better chance. at this point, I have concluded that a perfect blob or amount of paint is neccesary, because any sanding or buffing just turns the paint dark.

I am probably being too picky, but I really like my 06 Ex coupe. it is also frustrating because I have seen rock chips "disappear" with the right work, and have done a few myself. metallic paint is hard to work with.
 

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yep, it's not unusual to get those results, unfortunately. not only is it
hard to match the base color, the position of the metallic particles need to
sit in the same position/angle inorder to blend in.
 
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