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How to Touch Up Car Paint

June 17, 2016

If you have a gorgeous cherry red or sleek black paint job, the smallest scratch can be a huge eyesore. Instead of taking your vehicle in for an expensive detailing and/or paint repair job, consider doing it at home! The cost is significantly less, and it only takes a small amount of time.

The first step is to find your paint color. Make sure you test the paint on a metal can or piece of metal to test out the color. When you’re sure you have the matching tone, it’s time to start working. Find a good work space with low humidity and away from direct sunlight.

Prepare the spot you’re going to paint and the area around it. Wash and disinfect the spot with grease remover. If there is rust, make sure you get it removed or it could ruin the paint job. Once it’s clean, apply primer. Let it dry overnight where it won’t be touched or ruined.

Apply very thin layers of paint and let it dry between sessions. After the paint has been applied and you’re satisfied with the tone, add a clear coat on top of it. You should apply three of four coats of this with about 10-20 minutes of drying time between them. Wait a few days and then apply a rubbing compound to smooth out the nick. Wait at least 30 days before having your car waxed or detailed to ensure the paint has completely set!

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