No matter how hard we try to keep our automobile from scratches and chips, over time they keep adding up. In fact, it seems like they occur out of nowhere. One minute you have a beautiful shiny surface, the next you'll find minor scratches all over your door grip and the front bumper.Those scratches look too small to validate getting it to the repair shop, but still are very noticeable.
Luckily, car paint touch-up is a speedy and inexpensive way of fixing those little paint scratches. To avoid costly repairs, get rid of those damages as soon as possible. If not fixed quickly, they could result in bigger troubles like oxidation development as well as corrosion. Ultimately, you will pay more money and spend more time trying to fix the problem. No one wishes to throw away hundreds of dollars. That's the reason I try to fix it immediately.
Today, because there are so many top quality touch-up products that can be purchased, you don’t need to take your car to the shop. Small auto damages can be easily fixed at home in a few minutes.
One of my favorite products for minor scratches is a touch-up paint pen. It really is easy to use, doesn’t dry out and can be stored in the vehicle. For larger repair areas, you should use a touch-up paint that is available in a bottle or in a spray can. Bottle paint is best for areas not larger than a dime. For areas outside the capabilities of the bottle touch-up paint, spray painting works ideal. Spray cans can be used for minor repairs. Spray some paint into the cup and bush it on the scratch using an art brush.
While using spray cans, remember about personal protection. Poisonous fumes from the paint may cause damage to your eyes, lungs and skin. Always wear a protective gear. Try to do all the spraying in the outdoor environment or in the garage which has a good air flow.
Before buying the paint, you need to know the color code. Incorrect color can easily make the scratch even worse. The color code should be located on a label someplace inside of your auto. Unfortunately, the location of the label can vary based on the make and model of the automobile. Begin by looking on side of the door jamb, glove box and trunk.
Another important thing to bear in mind is a good touch-up paint doesn’t need to be sanded or buffed after it is applied. Meaning less coats and less time for the fix. With high-quality paint you will need to put on only 2-3 layers to hide the primer, unlike low quality paint that needs 5-7 coats to accomplish the same result. That being said, don’t select the cheapest paint. Do your research first.
Always spend time preparing the area for a touch-up paint. A lot of people believe that a little bit of lukewarm water is sufficient. Car’s surface is covered with oil, dirt, wax and other contaminants which might simply jeopardize the repair. These form of contaminants require a specially designed car soap, or a prep solvent to remove all that dirt and grease from the surface.
It is important to become an educated consumer before starting car paint repair, so you can avoid common errors that rookies make.
- Car Paint Touch-Up Basics