For minor scratches and scuffs on your car, touch up paint is a quick and simple solution that you can apply at home. It’s best to do the car paint touch up before the scratch begins to form any rust, as the longer you leave it, the worse it’ll look and the harder it will be to cover up.
We’ve put together this guide on how to touch up car paint to help you cover up those nagging smaller scuffs. However, for deeper scratches, we recommend seeing a professional as these require more than a surface-level fix.
Getting Your Car Paint Touch Up Kit Right
When it comes to a car paint touch up, you’ll need:
- Sandpaper to remove the remnants of the scratched paint
- Car Shampoo to clean the area where the touch up car paint is required
- A microfibre cloth or a small applicator brush to apply the new paint
- A microfibre drying cloth
- Car Wax to provide a protective barrier for the new paint
- A shade of car touch up paint that’s as close to your car’s as possible
How to Pick the Right Shade of Paint
It’s crucial that you pick the right shade as mismatching paint can draw unwanted attention to the touch up. The most accurate way to identify the right shade required is to look at the paint colour code on your car’s VIN sticker.
At Car Gods, we offer a wide range of shades to help you find the right hue for your car.
How to Touch Up Car Paint
When you’ve found the right shade, test it on a small, hidden part of the car to make sure it matches. If you’re happy that it does, the real work begins!
Step 1: Roughen the Area You Want to Paint Over
Because glossy surfaces are designed to be extra durable, it can prove challenging to paint them. To ensure that your paint sticks to the area easily, make the target area slightly coarse by gently rubbing sandpaper across it.
Step 2: Rinse the Area Thoroughly
To make sure it’s a thorough rinse, we highly recommend using a pre-wash spray first.
Step 3: Apply Touch Up Car Paint
Once you’ve used a microfibre cloth to dry off your car, touch up paint can be applied.
- Shake the paint bottle well, then use a clean damp microfibre cloth to apply the paint to the panel using a circular and overlapping motion
- Allow the paint to haze, then use a clean microfibre cloth to buff away
- Keep adding new coats using this technique until you’re satisfied with how the area looks
(Note: If the scratch is down to the bare metal or plastic, apply a primer before applying any paint so that the surface is sealed up)
Step 4: Apply a Protective Ceramic Coating
Once you’re satisfied with the touch up and have achieved a glossy, good-as-new finish, wait for the paint to completely dry then apply a protective ceramic coating. This will protect the new paint from the elements.
Remember, these tips are only for minor superficial scratches. If you’re unsure about the depth of the scratch, can’t find the exact colour you’re looking for, or are wary of exposed metal or plastic panels, it’s always advisable to seek out a professional.