Tips to Choose Perfect Scratch Repair / Auto Touchup Paint

Have you experienced a scratch on your vehicle’s surface and are you worried about the removal of that scratch? Well don’t worry about that because there is a solution of this problem and this is known as touch up paint. In the process of scratch repair, the very first step is purchasing the right paint for your car. This step is not as easy as it seems and we will be giving an overview of the different types of paints and their uses and purposes.

There are generally five types of paints namely under coats, single stage, base coat, mid coats and clear coats.

1)      Under coats

These are sometimes referred to as sealers, surfacers, primers or adhesion promoters. Under coats have further four more sub categories which are:

a)      Anti corrosive primers

The main function of anti corrosive primers is to protect the surface from degradation due to the effects of corrosion.

b)      Primer surfacers

Its main purpose is to provide a smooth surface by hiding defects such as small dents, chips and scratches.

c)      Primer sealers

It is used to provide a smooth non porous foundation for color to be applied over. They are usually low in viscosity to ensure smooth application without sanding

d)     Adhesion promoters

It is the type of under coat which is used to ensure adhesion of subsequent layers to a surface.

2)      Single stage

Single stage coats are also known as one stage, mono coat or direct gloss. They are used to achieve the final gloss of the surface without the use of clear coat.

3)      Base coats

This paint is also known as base or base color. These are the type of auto paint which requires the application of clear coating to get the required gloss of the surface.

4)      Mid coats

These are the types of auto paints which create a different and unique color effect by applying a semi transparent color layer over the base coat layer. Using of mid coats is also referred to as three stage coating.

5)      Clear coats

Clear coat is one of the most important types of vehicle paint and it plays the largest role in determining the final appearance and durability of base clear system.

By knowing the types of vehicle paint, you can easily understand which are the paints required in your scratch repair process and you have to chose yourself that whether you are going for a two coat or a three coat paint.

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Automotive Scratch Repair Can Be Simple

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Anyone who owns a car must have experienced an incident which gave birth to a car scratch. This leads to feeling of having burden on one’s pocket if he is going for a mechanic. But if someone takes the responsibility of fixing the problem himself then he should know certain things. This article gives you the overview of how to fix a scratch.

If you own a car which is included in luxury vehicles then there is a possibility of non availability of car paint. This is because the color and finishing of these cars are very sophisticated and professional and thus cannot be achieved by either manually painting or by paint shop. However if the case is opposite to this then you can easily achieve your desired goal. There are certain steps which if followed properly, will lead you to satisfied results. We will explain each step progressively.

The first step in scratch repair is purchasing the right color for your car. Each car has its own specific color, mentioned on the plate near the driver’s seat. Once you are done with that then go for the necessary equipment you will require during the paint job. Along with paint of car, you should also purchase an undercoat. Undercoat is used for anti corrosion and adhesion promoter. This gives a base for the color of the target paint. One thing which should also be considered is that you should check that whether the paint of car consists of two stage coat or one. If the paint is of two stages then you should buy a base coat along with clear coat. The difference between one and two stage coat is that in single coat paint, there is no need of final gloss and the paint coat itself has a glossy and appearance finishing elements and in two stage coat the color and gloss are two different coats. The finish of both of these coats is different from each other so special attention should be given to this.

The second step includes the application of the color. The first coat should be of undercoat. This makes a base for final color. In case of two stage coat, first coat should be of base coat and the second should be of clear coat. If the body paint is single stage then you only need to apply one stage coat. While applying coating one thing should be taken care of is that the applied coat should not overlap with existing body paint.

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Auto Body Repair with Car Touch up Paint

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If you are having a car then you are also having a lot of probability of getting a scratch on your vehicle. No matter how experienced you are, you are more likely to have a scratch on your car which the passage of time.

Every problem has its solution and this is also a problem which may look a big one at the start but as you get used to it then scratch repair becomes a piece of cake for you. The process of repairing the body of your vehicle has some steps which should be performed in an order.

The very first step in scratch repair of car paint is getting to know the color of the car. Each color has its own number so don’t forget to check the color number of your car written on the plate which is present somewhere near to the driving seat. Along with the color, you should also consider buying auto body paint supplies as this will help you in repairing the scratch on the car.

After purchasing the right color and auto body paint supplies for the repairing of your car, the correct technique of mixing and applying paint should be used. If you are new in this field then try getting some know how on that also before going for the repairing. The basics are that the brush used for the coloring should be of that size which corresponds to the size of scratch, because this gives a uniform look and finish. Try to brush using the tip of the brush and do not try to push the brush too hard on the surface. Try not to paint over the original paint of car and be careful on applying the touch up paint only the surface of scratch. The difference between painting the deep scratch is that the deep scratch repair requires more strokes of brush than the usual one. Before applying the touch up paint, you should confirm that target surface is dust proof. A little sanding of the surface of body makes the previous layers of paint removed and thus gives a uniform look of the paint of car. The paint should be applied in such way that the motion of the stroke of brush is from outward and towards the centre. This gives a smooth finish to the car paint. In the end, after the paint is applied, a little polish or wax should be used to increase the gloss of car.

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Auto Body Repair Painting

Are there any scratches on your auto? Is it dented by an accident in the past? Do you want your auto to look as it was few years ago? If these are the questions that are haunting you, then you have come to the right place. The days are gone when we used to worry when an auto gets dented with an accident. With the latest technology in place, we can repair the body of any auto to make it look brand new, no matter to what extent the damage is.

Firstly, the damage is repaired with the latest tools that are capable of handling any damage. We already have spare parts available, so there wouldn’t be much problem in repairing a damaged auto. After repairing the body of the auto, it is important to paint it too. The mechanics these days are equipped with the latest painting tools as well. The auto is painted using the standard colour which retains the old look of the auto. Once the auto is painted, it becomes difficult to find out whether the auto is repaired one or a brand new one.

To get the best quality scratch repair service, you must approach a reputed repairing centre. The cost of repairing may be a bit high here, but the quality you obtain is worth the price. So it is better to get your auto repaired for high price by a good mechanic rather than going for low price and handing over your vehicle to an average mechanic. Customers are attracted by the look of the auto more than anything else. Hence, it is important to maintain the look of your auto in high standard and attract as many customers as you can.

So far we have seen the importance of repair and auto paint  in case of any accident and damage. But it is important to note that, regular repairing and painting of the auto is also necessary irrespective of the accident or damage. During damage, everyone gets their auto repaired. But the intelligent person would be the one who gets his/her auto repaired and painted at frequent intervals to maintain the quality and sheen permanently. If you compare an auto which is repaired and painted regularly with another auto which is not repaired unless there is some damage, you can find the difference. The vehicle that gets repaired regularly stands out between the two.

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Car Scratch Repair – Advantages & Disadvantages of It

ImageCar is prone to scratches every now and then. We can prevent this from happening, but even after taking many precautions, few scratches do appear on the body of the car. So once the scratches appear, it is our responsibility to repair it. No one wants their car to have scratches as it spoils the look of the car. Hence, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages when we go with Car Scratch Repair.

Advantages

Repairing car to get rid of scratches can improve the look of your car. It is good for both used and new cars. Especially, if it is a new car, you do not want your car to be in scratches after spending thousands of dollars for buying it. We put lot of effort and money while buying the car to get the best brand and increase the fame in the society. But if we do not repair these scratches frequently, no matter how costly your car is, it looks odd. This will get your name and fame down. Hence, it is must to go with car scratch repairs every now and then. This also helps us to save some big damages that may happen if initial care is not taken.

If you are using used car, then car scratch repair becomes essential. You need to take more care in case of used cars when compared to the new ones. These cars already have scratches before you buy. The car dealers take necessary steps to hide and repair the scratches to get a fair look. So not maintaining your car may result in more scratches than usual. We can get rid on a number of problems, if we perform car scratch repair frequently.

Disadvantages

Like Advantages, everything in this world has disadvantages too. First of all, repairing means, its quality is reduced when compared to the car that is not repaired (which is in good condition). Moreover, you need to take out your precious time for getting your car repaired. The repaired scratches are prone to come back with little damage and hence, lot of care must be taken to prevent these scratches. Especially, if you are using used cars, then even repair cannot make your car shine like before. After repairing, the car loses its natural look. Once repaired, this process is to be performed frequently at regular intervals and becomes mandatory. Therefore, the maintenance cost increases.

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Fix Car Scratch with Touch Up Paint

A victim of car scratch & yet confused enough on how to handle the scratch easily keeping budget & time in mind? A definite choice is to go for touch-up paints available as home- finishing products. Entire procedure is described below on how to take care of the scratches using the touch-up paint.

Required materials:-

All you will need is a good quality touch-up paint matching to the colour of your vehicle, a primer (if the scratch is too deep) helps the paint to hold longer on the surface, a rust dabber coating that helps in preventing further rusting under the applied paint, pieces of soft cloth (terry or micro-fibre cloth) for cleaning & polishing purpose & protective tapes & gloves just to be safe from the chemical side-effects on skin.

Process:-

  1. Clean & dry the area. Yes if required you can use a bit of polishing material to clean the surface in a better way.
  2. Check if the depth of colour dig is more. If yes then apply a bit of rust-repeller for keeping future rusting.
  3. For cleaning the area, use sand paper (not too rough) for sanding the area so that the primer sticks & makes grip to the paint.
  4. Thin brush can be used to apply primer & let it dry.
  5. Mix the auto paint in the touch-up bottle so that the liquid is not much thicker. If thick paint is used, it will stay as a layer & will show up.
  6. Wax & polish the area to get the exact glow and finishing later. It enhances shine & lasts longer.

Using the touch-up paint pen:-

It is simple to use as there is no confusion of colour matching & primer application & sanding works. If the scratch is fresh (old scratches must be checked for rusting) & no rusting has occurred then follow these steps:-

  1. Clean the surface with soap water/ foam to wipe of the dirt. Alcohol can be used to get best results. Make sure the cloth to be used is soft enough so that it doesn’t make any further scratches due to the dirt present already.
  2. Make sure the pen you are going to use is UV protected. If not then you must avoid those cheap products available in the market.
  3. Apply the pen gently on the scratch which will accumulate the colour from its surrounding & will coat the area finely.
  4. Let in dry for 5 minutes & it is done.

Car Scratch Repair – Pros and Cons of Touch-Up Paint

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At some point in the ownership of a car, you are going to get a scratch in the paint. For the most part this isn’t a big deal, but for some motorists a glaring scratch in a paint job will drive them crazy. While most minor scratches can be overlooked, there are some that have to be taken care of. Touch up paint is the choice for many. Typically low in cost, they allow the owner to touch up areas of paint that have been scratched or damaged.

Touch-up paint works by targeting the clear coat on an automobile. A cars paint job consists of the bare metal, to which color is applied. On top of that is the clear coat, which is where the majority of the nicks and scratches occur. The touch-up paint is usually a clear coat that simply fills in the nick or scratch on contact, usually drying and hardening in the sun. This simulates the original finish in every way, and is often unnoticeable. Other touch-up paints are of the two-step variety. The first step is a pigment that is spot matched to the color of the car. The second step is the resin or protective finish that blends in with the cars original finish, creating a seamless coat. The first type is most often used for superficial nicks and blemishes, while the second type is more likely to be used on deeper scratches, which reveal the metal or powder coating beneath the resin or gloss finish.

The most obvious benefit of handling the touch up on your own is the cost. Most solutions are fairly inexpensive, especially when considering the cost of having your car repainted or repaired by a professional. In most circumstances the end result is of a good enough quality one would be hard pressed to tell even where the scratch was. For most people the process is not terribly difficult, and the results are fantastic.

For some scratches and dings; however, touch-up paint will not do the trick. Often if the scratch is deep or on a curved area of the car, the touch-up paint will be noticeable. Also, some vehicles current paint job make adding a fresh coat of resin very obvious. One other issue with touch up paints is they are often ineffective at masking blemishes on cars with exotic or expensive paint jobs.

Ultimately it depends on the type of paint job your car has and your ability to perform the work yourself. For some, it’s an easy way to save a couple of hundred dollars, for others it simply will not work for their application.

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