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Aug 17 2017

How to Find and Use Car Paint Codes

Car paint codes – not the most exciting topic, I’ll grant you, but an important necessity when you’re in need of painting an area of your vehicle or getting the right match for a Chipex paint chip repair system. When it comes to car paint shades, Chipex and professional sprayers will require the vehicle paint code […]

Aug 17 2017

The Many Types of Car Paint Finishes

Henry Ford once wrote in his autobiography of the Ford Model T: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”. It’s a common misconception that the Model T was only available in black, when in actual fact in the first years of its production (1908 […]

Aug 17 2017

Chipex Paint Repair System vs Car Respray Cost

Which is best: paint chip repairs or car respray? If you’re proud of your car, and those ugly paint chips up front are really starting to bug you, you’ll perhaps be thinking of having some car paint repair work carried out. Having your car resprayed though, no matter the section or part, is a pain […]

Aug 17 2017

How to Repair Car Paint Stone Chips

What are stone chips? Stone chips are the blight of any car owner who regularly uses the motorway. Flung at already-high speeds, your car then hurtles towards these miniature rocks with impending doom. The loud ‘whack!’ as the stone hits the bodywork makes you cringe, and it’s guaranteed there’s now a tiny crater where it […]

Aug 17 2017

How to Spray Paint Your Car on a Budget

Sometimes, a scratch or scuff on your car’s bodywork is just too deep and wide to be able to use a paint repair kit, and the panel may need respraying instead. However, if money is tight and you simply can’t afford to have it done professionally, or your car isn’t worth spending that kind of […]

Aug 17 2017

Chipex Touch Up Paint versus Car Paint Pen | Chipex Blog

The car touch-up paint pen has its uses, certainly, but at the same time it’s always better to go with a more permanent and better fix for car paint chips and light scratches – the Chipex seamless car touch-up system. However, just because I’m writing this Chipex blog doesn’t mean I’m going to be entirely negative about the touch-up pen. Indeed, I’ve used […]

Aug 17 2017

Car paint suppliers

Spray painting stuff is fun – fact. It doesn’t matter what level you’re painting at, or what you’re actually spraying, it’s all good. If you’re a professional spray painter, and you’ve helped take a rusted-out classic back to looking like it just rolled out the factory doors for the first time 40 years ago, there […]

Aug 17 2017

Rust treatment for cars

Rust is the blight which effects cars around the world. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a warm, dry climate like California, it’s a much easier battle keeping it at bay. However, for those of us in the U.K. where the climate is perfect for honing those dark brown patches on your vehicle’s bodywork, […]

Aug 17 2017

What is road rash and why is fixing it so important?

Here on the Chipex blog, we often refer to ‘road rash’ when we’re talking about car paint chips and what causes them. If you haven’t been afflicted by car paint chips very much (lucky you!) maybe you’re not totally sure what we mean by the term road rash. We thought it would be a good […]

Aug 17 2017

Which Car Shampoos are Best for Car Paintwork?

On more than a few occasions, I’ve winced as I see people squirt a load of washing up liquid into a bucket, fill it with warm water, watch as suds galore overflow, soak a sponge and begin to scrub away gleeful as their car goes from dirty to clean. Why wince though, you say! After […]

Aug 17 2017

The Best Products for Cleaning Car Wheels | Chipex Blog

Keeping your paintwork looking fresh, clean and with a super depth of shine is great, but I’ve often come across cars at meets and shows where the paint looks amazing, but the wheels simply haven’t been looked after. People tend to forget that wheels often get way dirtier than paintwork, and they’re often not cleaned […]

Aug 17 2017

How and Why to Keep Your Car Windscreen Clean

With Autumn here, and Winter to follow, the sun starts to sink lower in the sky, and as that happens, driving in heavy traffic becomes difficult and dangerous. A good pair of sunglasses help hugely, but something that’ll aid your visibility further is have a clean windscreen. Trying to see ahead is ridiculously hard when […]

Aug 17 2017

How to remove bug splats, and which products to use

Bug splats are an absolute nightmare to those of us who like to keep our car’s as clean as possible. Why? Because they’re an absolute pain in the backside to remove! One warm evening in summer, a friend I was dropping off after a day out told me to take the scenic route home. They […]

Aug 17 2017

How to get rid of bad car interior odours

Does your car interior smell bad? Perhaps you’re wondering why it does, and how to get to back to it being fresh again. Here are a few reasons why that might be so, and what to do a about it. Causes of a stinky car cabin Let’s go through the obvious stuff first. If you’ve […]

Aug 17 2017

How To Restore and Shine Car Plastic and Rubber Exterior Trim

Why do car exterior plastics fade? Plastic and rubber trim on car exteriors are prone to fading and even cracking, and let’s face it, it looks pretty awful when that happens! So why does car trim fade? There are several reasons, and here are a few: Damaging UV rays from sunlight Regularly washing the car […]

Aug 17 2017

Chipex Racing 2015

Find about all of the races, events and triathlons our CEO took on in 2015… Country to Capital 45 Mile Ultra Marathon – January 2015 A double length marathon to kick off the New Year! The Country to Capital starts of near Wendover and takes you on a cross country route that eventually joins up […]

Aug 17 2017

How To De-Mist Your Car’s Windscreen Quickly

As Autumn deepens, rains become more frequent and the temperature starts to drop as we inevitably head towards wintertime. With the cold and damp comes an annoyance for drivers; a misted-up windscreen. Yes, it’s surprising how something so seemingly inconsequential can exasperate us so much! Jump in your car ready, already late for work, and […]

Aug 17 2017

How to clean, protect and add longevity to your car’s leather seats

I hate it when this happens. You see a car for sale on the web within your price bracket. Checking the description, it all looks great. There’s plenty of service history, a long MOT to run, and the previous ones to go with it, plus a folder full of receipts. As you flick through the […]

Aug 17 2017

Should You Fit Different Tyres For Winter?

Let’s face it, the past couple of winters in the UK consisted of mainly overcast, slightly chilly and rainy/sleeting days with the occasional short-lived flurry of snow. Heck, even the weather casters couldn’t do the whole massive over-hype reports, because there simply wasn’t anything to hype! For those who paid to have winter tyres fitted, […]

Aug 17 2017

How To Look After Your Car’s Paint Chip Repairs

The Chipex paint chip repair system is a brilliant one. It is quick, simple and easy to use, and highly cost-effective in comparison to other chip repair systems too. Your car’s bumper, bonnet and front wings can go from looking ugly from a road rash of stone chips, to looking sleek and fresh once more, […]

Aug 17 2017

Merry Chipmas! Our Christmas opening hours

With Christmas fast approaching, we wanted to let everyone know when we would be off enjoying our Christmas holidays. Our paint shop team do brilliant work all year round, so it’s only fair that they deserve a little bit of time off over the festive period (don’t we all?!) For that reason, our paint shop will […]

Aug 17 2017

Eight cool & handy car gadgets for winter

The car is much like a mobile extension of our house or office. It’s a place to work from on a laptop pinching the nearest shop’s wifi connection while huddled over a takeout coffee and croissant. It’s a place to socialise with your best mates as you head out of town on a short break. […]

Aug 17 2017

Choosing the Best Car Pressure Washer For Your Budget

No matter the time of year, having your own car pressure washer can be a handy piece of kit to own. If you live in the countryside, cars get especially dirty from mud off the fields, which then turns to heavy dust or muck when the rain comes. Each journey can leave your car filthy, […]

Aug 16 2017

Five Ultimate Gifts for the Car Lover

If a friend, your other half or a family member are really into their motors, and you’re stuck for buying them a present for whatever occasion, then look no further, because this guide is designed to covered exactly that – and for a range of budgets too – with our five awesome gifts for the […]