When getting ready to apply touch up paint to your vehicle you may be shocked to discover just how many areas will need to be painted or repaired. You will discover that when applying touch up paint to your vehicle, preparation is the most important step. First find all the scratches and scuffs. Next go over the entire vehicle and determine what areas need to be repaired. This is best done after the vehicle has been washed and completely dried. 

Conditions: For best touch up results, work in a place out of direct sunlight like a garage or shady area. A day with low humidity is best with a minimum temperature of 60°F for brush application, and a minimum of 70°F for spray application.

Preparation: Clean the area you want to touch up using a good soap that does not leave a wax or film on the surface (A high quality car wash soap is ideal. Dish washing liquid will also work). Also recommended as a final step is a wax and grease remover/surface cleaner applied with a clean lint free towel. If the paint on your car is rusty: remove all traces of rust with 220 grit sandpaper or fine wire brush being careful not to damage the surrounding paint. A tack rag may be used to remove any fine dust etc

Primer: Apply a thin coat of primer to any place where bare metal or plastic letting it dry overnight. DO NOT use enamel primer.

Application: Check that the paint code is the same as ordered. ALWAYS do a test panel or test the color on an inconspicuous part of the car prior to making your repair. Then, mix well before applying several thin coats with a minimum of 10 minutes drying time between each coat. Tri coat paints (eg. Pearl white), use base coat first then then a transparent mid coat, and finally the clear coat allowing at least a 30 minutes dry time between each coat.    Single Stage Paint (no Clear coat). Wait three to four days to dry, then apply rubbing compound to the single stage paint as explained in step #5.       Clear coat instructions. Allow 30 minutes after the last layer of base coat color application to apply touch up clear coat. Apply 2-3 coats of Clear coat using a light dabbing motion waiting 10-20 minutes in between each coat. Be gentle with the brush because you do not want to disturb the undercoats. Clear coat should be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours, but will completely dry overnight.

Rubbing Compound:  Once your paint has dried for 3 – 4 days, you can apply a very fine grit rubbing compound to the entire area of paint you fixed either by hand (small aread) or with an orbital polisher (larger areas). This will add increased shine and depth to the paint but will not remove flaws. If there is dust or debris in your repair area, this will need to be removed with progressively finer sandpaper (1000 grit followed by 1500 and 2000 grit) followed by a through compounding.  

Waxing Let your paint cure for 30 days before waxing.

ColorMyAuto is not responsible for your results when using our paint products. We recommend all customers consult with a professional auto body repair person before attempting to repair their vehicle. Your results may vary and be completely different from what a trained expert can achieve.

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