Applying Touch Up Paint

If your car has a minor scuff or scrape, you may be interested in repairing it yourself. It is possible to do a good job as long as the damage is minor and you follow the instructions carefully. The first step is to get the paint that matches your vehicle. Don’t try to match just by looking at the paint on the shelf. An auto supply business can look up your vehicle’s factory color code for an exact match.

Once you have the correct paint, it is time for prep. Clean the affected area with warm, soapy water. Use sandpaper to scuff the area around the scratch. Using 220 grit or higher sandpaper will give the best results and create a good base for the touch up paint. Clean again after sanding. Follow the directions on the touch up paint to properly mix the paint. The touch-up paint will come with an applicator. If the scratched area is very small, you may prefer to use the end of a toothpick to apply the paint.

For larger scratches, or if you are concerned about your ability to do professional touch up job, visit your dealership. Bodywork like paint touch ups are a quick and easy job for experienced professionals.


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