I got my truck used, and it has the terrible bug deflector installed from the dealer. Its a 2006, so it has had the last 5 years to tear the shit out of my hood. At each location on the hood where the metal clips bend over, im missing probably a nickel sized square of paint, its rusting there a bit and i would like to take off the bug deflector.
I have been hesitant in taking it off because i really dont want to see how bad the damage is, and i dont want to drive around with the huge chips on the lip of my hood.
Im not 100% new to painting, i did a home job on my 1988 toyota pickup about 4 years ago, but i want this hood to turn out as factory as possible. And i hope if i just put enough time into it, that will be achievable.
This is where i need your advice!
I have watched countless youtube videos and searched around the interweb trying to get a good grasp on what is the perfect way to go about this fix. But im still feeling hesitant trying to start it.
Ill try to get some pictures up of the chips, but since im not ready to do it yet, I fear removing the bug deflector, then put it back on might make it even worse.
What i know:
This is going to take a lot of time to do right, and im fine with that. If i have to spend hours sanding these few little spots over the course of a week or two as layers dry, that is ok. I just want it to look good!
What I think i need:
-A bottle of touch up paint. I imagine, i can layer this up enough to sand it flat.. (radiant red, this should be easier to deal with than any of the metallics!)
-multiple grits of sand paper
-some sanding blocks (not sure what would be best on this part of the hood
Do i need clear? Is it bad to re-clear only part of an area?
Thanks for your help!