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Old 07-28-2020, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently received a model from a certain big retailer and the tail was detached. After reinserting the tail I noticed two small paint chips, one near the join between the fuselage and tail and one near the APU. Will these chips affect the metal in anyway underneath and/or could they expand thus taking off more paint in the process and further damaging the model? Should I consider an exchange?
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's white, small nicks you can cover them with Sharpies. The white one is actually some kind of paint.
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is a white chip and I can see the metal of the model underneath. It is a very small chip.
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Try the Sharpie then. I don't think exposed metal should be a problem.

Many models despite having a stand with protective pad still can chip the fuselage paint. Never had any issues with the metal.
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I suppose the chip could get bigger if it keeps getting rubbed on, but I doubt it will have any effect on the metal underneath. Most of the time if I have chips right along a seam that aren't immediately noticeable when you have the model on display, then I don't worry about it. But if your eye always goes to them then you could ask for an exchange. It may be luck of the draw as to getting a better one, and as we've explored in multiple threads now, no manufacturer is immune from having these issues.
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Try the Sharpie then. I don't think exposed metal should be a problem.

Many models despite having a stand with protective pad still can chip the fuselage paint. Never had any issues with the metal.
Should I put a single layer of clear after doing the sharpie to preserve the fix?
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I use the Sharpie alone for small chips.
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I use the Sharpie alone for small chips.
Do you recommend any specific type of white sharpie or white permanent marker?
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I bought this one.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Do you recommend any specific type of white sharpie or white permanent marker?

I've used white enamel nail polish as well. A dab on a small toothpick and then touch up the paint chip.
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Never knew White Sharpies even existed.
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