How To Patch Paint Chips

30 January 2017
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If you need to make touch ups to your car paint, you can find easy to use touch up paint at your local dealership. These touch up paints are perfect for small chips and scratches in your car's body. However, for most scratches, you cannot just apply the touch up paint without doing a little bit of preparation work. This article explains the necessary steps for a lasting touch up paint job. It is helpful for small scratches in your car surface. It can help to prevent these blemishes from forming rust and getting bigger.

Getting Supplies

You will definitely have better luck with this job if you buy touch up paint directly from the dealership. Auto body stores sell third party products that are more affordable. However, if you want to make sure you find the right product for your year, make, and model, you should definitely buy brand paint from your dealership. This is the only way to guarantee that the colors match perfectly. You also need to consider whether or not you were going to patch your paint chips. You can also buy auto body filler from the dealership. Usually, body filler is only necessary if there is an actual hole in the surface of your car. If just a little bit of paint is chipped off, you probably don't need it.

Using auto body filler adds a lot of time and extra steps to the project. Not only do you need to mix the filler together and then spread it onto the whole, but you also need to wait for it to dry before sanding it down. If you have ever worked with auto body filler, you will know that this is not that difficult, it is just a little bit time-consuming. Most people try and get away with just using the touch up paint.

Applying the Paint

The great thing about the paint is that it is all-in-one. That is, you don't need to use any additional sealant or primer. The touch up can come with small brushes built into the lid. This makes it very easy to apply your paint. One helpful tip is to use a very sparing amount of paint. You'll end up with a better finish if you apply a very small, thin coat, and then let it dry before applying the next coat.

If you have problems with your new paint sheen not perfectly matching with your existing car paint, you can buff it out with steel wool or an auto buffer. As you can see, this work is not very complicated, but you do need a little bit of patience and a steady hand.