Monday’s Life Saving Tip: Rescuing Chipped Car Paint with Nail Polishes

by xin on March 4, 2013

It’s been a while since I last featured a tip, mainly because I have not discovered anything worth sharing.

However, no thanks to what happened about 2 weeks ago, I remembered an old tip that I have heard of.

Long story short, my car became a victim of blind driver, who, I believed reversed into my parked car.


My car bonnet was dented and cracked! The impact must be really great to have created the crack.

Fortunately, it did not affect anything else. However, the crack was a pain because it risked the rust and I was not ready for a respray.


We got a car paint water color from a hardware shop, it was labelled as light silver, and to our horror, when we painted, it was dark grey!

Good grief! Now it looked worse than before!!!

The wasn’t-so-obvious crack became really obvious.


Having a light bulb moment, we decided to try ‘reducing’ the damage with a pearl white nail polish.

My silver nail polishes are too grey for my car.

Since the color is semi transparent, it managed to lighten up the scar 😀 bless the polish!

But of course, there is no way that you can get an exact match of your polish to car paint, but it at least helps to keep it from turning rusty. Another that I have learnt is using a clear top coat to overcoat the chipped area to prevent it from turning rusty.

Have you tried or heard of this tip before?

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Nikki March 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

Oh man! well guess what ? the whole left side of our car has the same dent and huge line as well as the SAME blind driver hit our car 3 x! and good thing someone saw it on the 3rd time!!! we had a hunch it was him (our neighbor) and he at first don’t want to admit it! darn! and can you imagine how much polish I would need? Well, I wont’ do anything on it for now as I will ask him to pay for it!

My mom used to do this tip too! 😀
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plue March 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

woah! awesome, didn’t know leh, now I can tell my sis about it, just in case she needs to do it!
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Paris B March 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

hahahhaa I love this tip! Who’d have thought that nail polish could also work for cars and with a top coat too! 😀
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