Preparation is important: Find all the Scratches and Scuffs. This is best done after the vehicle has been washed and completely dried. Next go over the entire vehicle and determine what areas need touch up or repairs. You may be surprised to discover how many spots will need attention. Practice all steps off the vehicle. Get Familiar with the paint and tools. TEST all applications in an inconspicuous area before use. Wear appropriate safety equipment. You Can Do This
Make sure conditions are right. For best touch up results, work in a place out of direct sunlight like a garage or shady area. A low humidity day or location is best. Apply in temperatures at least 55°F for brush bottles, and at least 65°-70°F for Spray* applications. Wear proper safety equipment.
Surface Preparation. Clean the area you want to touch up using a good soap that does not leave a wax or film on the surface (dish washing liquid works well). Also recommended, a wax and grease remover. If the paint on your car is rusty, remove all traces of rust with 220 grit sandpaper or fine wire brush careful not to damage the surrounding paint ensuring you don’t remove more than you have to. Apply a thin coat of primer to any place where bare metal or plastic is showing and let dry overnight. Do Not use enamel primer.
Apply your paint color (Base Coat). Mix / Shake well. Apply several thin coats using a light dabbing motion. Allow 10-20 minutes to dry between each coat.
1a. Single Stage Paints. (no clearcoat needed). Apply your paint as directed in step 1. Wait three to four days to fully cure, then proceed to step #4.
Apply Mid Coat (Tri Coat, 3ct Paints Only). Apply Mid Coat after final base coat, allow 10-20 minutes dry time between each coat.
Apply Clearcoat. Allow 20–30 minutes after the last layer of color application to apply clearcoat. Apply 2-3 coats of clearcoat using a light dabbing motion waiting 10-20 minutes in between each clearcoat. Be gentle with the brush as not to disturb the undercoats. Clearcoat should be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours and will completely dry overnight. Try not to build up paint beyond the level of original paint.
Use rubbing compound. Allow your touch up paint 3-4 days to fully cure, then apply a very fine grit rubbing compound to the entire area of paint your repair. This will make it smooth and shiny. Wait at least 20 days to completely dry before waxing. Once the paint is dry apply a thin coat of wax and buff the vehicle for best results and you’re done.
Aerosol Spray. If you are using a spray, it’s always best to use smooth, straight and even spray patterns in a back and forth motion overlapping the spray as you move. It may take multiple coats. Be patient and allow the paint to thoroughly dry prior to applying second and subsequent coats of paint. Read all instructions on spray equipment / package thoroughly before attempting use. You can adjust the spray pattern from horizontal to vertical by rotating the yellow spray nozzle tip. Again, always test on an inconspicuous area.
The Auto Paint Depot ® is an O.E.M. automotive paint distributor. We are not responsible for your results while using our paint products. We recommend all customers consult a professional auto body repair person before attempting to repair their vehicle. Your results may vary and be completely different from what a trained expert can achieve.
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