I have a 10 year old Honda Jazz (=Honda Fit in the US – I live in the UK).
I'd like to keep the car going for as long as reasonably possible: hoping for another 5-10 years?
It has a variety of problems with the paintwork. Rust is showing in some locations – pictures below.
I bought some Honda touch up paint (basecoat and clearcoat). But now I've investigated some more, it seems fixing paintwork issues is actually very difficult to do well, unless you have expertise and facilities (see eg @motosubatsu describing the environment and process). I've never painted a car before, so I'm starting to think it might be best just to leave these problems as-is.
How major are these paintwork & rust problems really? Are they ok to leave is-is?
Cosmetically, it doesn't look perfect. This doesn't bother me, but I do want to keep the car going.
If it is important to fix these problems, is there a simple method that is good enough? Eg just apply the paint and clearcoat as per the instructions, over the rust, and leave unpolished?
Any advice appreciated with thanks.
Whole car (the first two problems pictured below – front door scratch and rear door missing patch – are visible if you load full image and zoom in):
Scratch on front door:
Missing patch (showing primer?) at rear door:
Missing patch (showing primer and rust?) above rear window:
Chips showing rust, at front:
Scratches on front bumper, revealing black plastic?:
Scratches on wing mirror, revealing white plastic?:
Small black spots at various locations including the roof. The picture here is of the rear side, showing spots on the panel and also on the (plastic) petrol cap cover. Answers here suggest this is tree sap.