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Touching up your car’s paint

Touching up your car’s paint



Vehicle touch-ups were once a realm reserved specifically for mechanics or the most ardent auto enthusiasts. But nowadays even weekend warriors can address the minor dings, chips and scratches on their vehicles, saving them both time and money.
· Crack the colour code. One of the fears novices commonly have when touching up their vehicles is that they won’t find the exact match with regard to their vehicle’s exterior colour. The key to the perfect colour match is contained in the vehicle’s colour code, which can be found somewhere on the vehicle, most often on the inside of the driver’s side door. Consult your owner’s manual or call the vehicle manufacturer if you cannot find the colour code on your vehicle. Once you find the code, you can then order your colour. Employing the most extensive library of OEM colours in the industry, AutomotiveTouchupTM makes it as simple as ever for drivers to create and order the exact colours to touch up their vehicles’ exteriors. Paints are created per order during a simple, three-step online ordering process using a vehicle’s specific colour code, make, model and year, and orders are shipped directly to consumers.
· Use the right application tool. Dings, chips and cracks come in many shapes and sizes, and the appropriate touch-up tool will depend on the type and size of the blemish. Small chips and nicks and thin scratches are best addressed with pens, while you might need a small bottle of clear coat to address slightly larger areas. Use an aerosol spray can to address areas that have experienced extensive damage. When applying the paint, use several light coats rather than one heavy coat. Drivers concerned about their application abilities can visit the AutomotiveTouchup website to access a library of educational videos that illustrate how to use the various application tools. Visitors to the website also can speak directly with a team of advisors who can walk them through their projects.
· Recognize that practice makes perfect. Even if you are confident you purchased the right paint, it’s still best to practice using your touch-up paint prior to applying the paint to your vehicle. Use a glossy sheet of paper or metal can as a practice surface, and then hold that practice surface up next to your vehicle to confirm your choice and calm any lingering nerves you may have about the paint match.
· Paint in the right conditions. Before applying any paint, thoroughly clean the affected areas. A simple formula of dish soap and water should do the trick, but be sure to allow the area to dry completely before continuing. When using aerosol cans, the ideal temperature to spray is between 21°C and 26°C and humidity should be 50 per cent or less. Never spray primer, paint or clear coat in direct sunlight.
· Allow the paint time to dry. Drying times vary depending on the temperature. Paints may take longer to dry when temperatures are below 21°C than they will when the weather is warmer. Once the application process is complete, do not wax the vehicle for 30 days.
Few vehicles make it through road trip season without a scratch or two, and now drivers can quickly and affordably address those chips and nicks on their own in a matter of minutes.

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  1. My car was scratched up yesterday from some rocks that I had to drive over. I like your tip about practicing painting on another car or surface before trying to touch up the paint on your own vehicle. I’ll keep that in mind as I try to paint over those scratches.

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