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Repairing a crack without repainting

Q: I have a problem I've never seen addressed in your column:

Long story short, I damaged one of my models — there's a tiny crack running across the hood — and I'd like to repair it without having to repaint the model. Can this be done?

Nick Cranford
via E-mail


Ken: For some inexplicable reason, I remembered a question like this in old issue of Scale Auto when my pal and mentor Pat Covert was writing this column ... and I actually found the issue!

To paraphrase Pat's thoughts, whether the crack can be repaired depends on the extent of the damage.

If it is, in fact, a simple hairline fracture, Pat suggested applying a thin bead of acetone into the crack in an attempt to “weld” the seam. I would suggest using a syringe or a really fine- tip brush. With a little luck, the paint won’t be damaged and you might be able to buff it out.  

I couldn’t locate any follow-up information as to how effective that procedure worked back then, but if it doesn’t work for you, repainting the hood may be the only alternative.

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