If you want to change the look of a body panel, or just want to do some small touch ups on a faded finish, touch up paints can help. These paints come in two different types – permanent and semi-permanent. Semi-permanent will allow you to paint more than one area, and the vehicle is protected from damage during the finish. The drawback to this is that the vehicle must be painted again before the finish is permanent.
It’s a good idea to test a small area before painting a larger area. For example, I always try out new colors before I get them mounted to the car. I like to see how they look at different lighting conditions. I find that some colors look better with daytime light, while others work best in the evening sun. When choosing the right color, you need to consider what time of day you are most likely to use it, and what type of car you drive.
Once you’ve found a color that you like, start by applying it to a clean, dry piece of paper. You should have a color code on the paper. Write that code down and then look at your vehicle in the spot where you will be painting. Write down the color code again, and note the name of your paint. That way, if you have to paint over something that you wrote on the paper, you can match the color code without having to try too hard to remember which one you’re supposed to use.
Using a dupli-color spray gun can be helpful when you’re working with a large surface. However, if you plan to go from panel to panel, it may be easier just to use the dupli-color touch up paint. Some of the dupli-color touch-ups look very similar to the original, but depending on the colors used, you might have to touch up each individual panel. You can make sure the job looks great when you’re just finishing touch ups on one panel by simply doing it all over again on the next panel.
You’ll need to test the depth of the paints for deep scratches before you begin to paint. For cars with metal roofs, there are special solvents that you can buy that give you a gentle massage on the surface to get rid of deep scratches. The same trick is true for other vehicles that have deep scratches, such as a rare porcelain finish. Use a paper towel to gently press down on the scratch and wipe away with the towel. If there are any deep scratches in the paint, however, you may need to bring the surface into the shop to have them addressed.
After you’ve painted the vehicle properly, you will then need to prime and clear coat the vehicle. All paint kits should come with a primer and a clear coat, so make sure you choose the right formula for the type of paint you have. Rust converter paints will not work with clear coat, so choose a different formula altogether if you want to use the rust converter. The clear coat will protect the vehicle from further damage and keep it looking new. You can find the perfect formula for your clear coat kit by consulting a paint kit manufacturer or a local auto supply store.
When you are done priming and applying the paint, use a micro fiber towel to gently wipe the surface down and buff the scratch. If the scratch still has not disappeared after you’ve had a chance to wipe it down, you may have to add another coat of primer. You should always prime the entire car before touching up the small dents and scratches that appear over time. It will help you achieve the best automotive touch up paint jobs, especially if you have more than one vehicle you want to refurbish. Some dent repair shops use primer and clear coat together, which is faster and easier to accomplish than having to touch up individual panels.
Once you’ve completed your touch up painting project, check the finish of the vehicle. If it matches the color of the vehicle’s clear coat, you’re done! If there is a different finish, you’ll have to wait until the color is mixed to get the two colors to match appropriately, or start over at the beginning. Happy painting!